The Innovation Marketplace

We are thrilled to present the first Ashoka U Innovation Marketplace this year!

The Innovation Marketplace, an actual “bazaar” of displays during the Exchange, will showcase selected,cutting-edge organizations, programs and engagements that are enhancing social innovation opportunities across the globe.

In the Marketplace, participants will have the opportunity to explore programs and resources that enhance social innovation education offerings on campus, meet with leading innovators, and better understand how to accelerate their campus engagements.

When and where does it take place?

The Marketplace will be open for a limited time:

  • Thursday and Friday, March 2-3, 2017 at the Hilton Miami Downtown
    • Lunch: 12:30-2:00pm
    • End of the day: 5:00-6:00pm

Marketplace location TBD.

Who will participate?

We encourage all attendees to engage in the Marketplace by stopping by and learning from the exhibitors and their innovations. The Marketplace will include a series of interactive features that will help participants understand the different innovations in place, and inspire others to think outside of the box.

The Innovation Marketplace features exhibitors from selected organizations with exceptional engaged learning opportunities specifically for individuals interested in social innovation.

 To inquire about including your organization in the Innovation Marketplace, contact Sofia Munana at

The confirmed exhibitors for this year include:

“Baltimore Corps enlists talent to advance social innovation in Baltimore and establish a citywide agenda for equity and racial justice. The Baltimore Corps Fellowship recruits and places talented individuals in roles across the city, working alongside today’s most visionary cause leaders in local government, nonprofit, and social enterprise. By elevating promising solutions, supporting our city’s current leaders, and retaining talent in each sector, we can make Baltimore a stronger, healthier city.”

“Emzingo is a leadership development company, with a mission to inspire the next generation to exert a responsible leadership, prepare them to seize global opportunities and connecting business and the social sector. Our model gives us an opportunity to contribute to the standards of leadership the world needs and engage our fellows with our extensive community of changemakers and enrich their skillsets through five focus areas: Sustainability, Innovation and Change, LeaderSHIFT, Global Management and Cultural Awareness, and finally Self-Awareness and Emotional Intelligence.”

“We’re reimagining the news. The Solutions Journalism Network supports journalists doing rigorous reporting about how people are responding to problems. Recently, we have been collaborating with educators to build SolutionsU: a set of tools to support the teaching of social innovation, including the Solutions Story Tracker — a searchable database of solutions stories. Discover solutions stories about what matter most to you and your students, and join us as we build the next cohort of tools.”

“College for Social Innovation (CfSI) is educating and inspiring the next generation of problem solvers for humanity’s tough challenges. We bring together colleges / universities and social sector organizations to create fully credited, semester-long experiences that combine meaningful work through internships and rigorous coursework that builds 21st century skills. Stop by our table to learn more about our curriculum and partnership model and take home resources. We look forward to meeting you!”

“StartingBloc exists to convene and grow the leaders our future needs. Our ecosystem spans 2,500 Fellows across the globe, four yearly Institutes, twenty local chapters, a pro bono coaching program, and a thriving community. Our Fellows work at places like the Acumen, Ashoka, IDEO, and also Google, LInkedIN, and Facebook. Many are also social entrepreneurs who built organizations like VOTE.ORG, GoldieBlox, and Soapbox Soaps. Join us. Be the leader our future needs.”

Announcing the first Social Entrepreneurship textbook:
“This book is like an encyclopedia of insight on social entrepreneurship.” David Bornstein, CEO, Solutions Journalism Network, USA
“A great addition to the field and extremely well constructed.” Susan Davis, former President & CEO, BRAC, USA
“Everybody is a changemaker! We can teach and learn skills that help us make more effective and lasting changes. This textbook is a valuable guide to get that journey started. What are you waiting for?” Bill Drayton, Founder and CEO, Ashoka, USA



“Swarthmore College’s the Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility has created, a civic engagement mapping platform that lets you browse all the cool civic engagement projects happening around the college community in a single place. The goal of is to create an instant visual map of all civic engagement activity on campus, create more opportunities for collaboration, and ultimately show the level of social impact through civic engagement achieved by your college community. “