2015 Exchange by Ashoka U


The Ashoka U Exchange is the world’s largest convening for social entrepreneurship in higher education. The Exchange brings together 650 university faculty, staff, administrators and students representing 150 institutions to share new ways of teaching and learning that will shape the way educational institutions influence the world.

Over the course of three days, participants will have the opportunity to share their own innovations and learnings with a broad audience of experts to gain valuable feedback and insights – approximately 75% of the Exchange content is driven directly by participants. The Exchange also places a strong emphasis on bringing together a community of peers. Throughout the Exchange, the sharing of top social entrepreneurship models from Changemaker Campuses and non-Changemaker Campuses will drive collaboration and the spread of best practices.

University faculty, staff, and administrators:

The majority of Exchange attendees are university faculty, staff, and administrators who are leading the drive to embed social entrepreneurship in higher education. Every participant will find opportunities relevant to their unique perspective and experience:

  • Gain resources for teaching & research in social entrepreneurship
  • Share lessons on institutional change models
  • Collaborate with peers and develop partnerships


We reserve only 100 slots for university students who are working to further their campus social innovation activities at an institutional level. Priority will be given to student applications that demonstrate a commitment to furthering institutional change. To accommodate as diverse a cohort of students as possible, we are capping the number of students to two per college/university. Accepted students will:

  • Join a select cohort of 100 student leaders
  • Participate in UMD’s Social Enterprise Symposium
  • Have your voice heard by higher education leaders

About Ashoka U:

Ashoka U is an initiative of Ashoka, the world’s largest network of social entrepreneurs. Building on Ashoka’s vision for a world where Everyone is a Changemaker, Ashoka U takes an institutional change approach to impact the education of millions of students. Ashoka U helps break down barriers to institutional change and fosters a culture of social innovation in higher education. Ashoka U’s global network of 150 colleges and universities is advancing an education that develops interdisciplinary, entrepreneurial, and solutions-oriented skills.

About Ashoka:

Founded by Bill Drayton in 1980, Ashoka has elected and supported over 3,000 Fellows – social entrepreneurs with innovative solutions to society’s most pressing social problems – in over 70 countries. Ashoka’s support includes start-up financing, professional support services, and connections to their global network of Ashoka Fellows. Ashoka envisions an Everyone a Changemaker world, capable of responding quickly and effectively to social challenges, and in which each individual has the freedom, confidence and societal support to address any social problem and drive change.