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February 2016

Social entrepreneurship: Ashoka launches its northern IMPACT program

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“No worries, no doubts” is the meaning of the word ashoka in Sanskrit. Ashoka is a not-for-profit, secular, non-partisan organization and the group takes the meaning of its name to heart in its approach to providing support to social entrepreneurs. Ashoka’s mission is to identify and assist pioneering social innovators in maximizing their impact. This mission is in line with our’s which is to facilitate and accelerate the growth of companies located in the Lille metro area. We participated in the first Programme Impact Région Nord, an impact program for the northern region, launched at the end of 2015.


Ashoka’s vision is that “everyone is an agent of change”

The focus of Ashoka’s grand objective is to identify and assist social innovators—men and women who have ground breaking ideas that can lead to change in their fields of expertise, and who also have all the qualities of a successful entrepreneur.

The leading social entrepreneurship network in the world, Ashoka offers its support to social entrepreneurs by maximizing their potential. With a presence in more than 80 countries (including France since 2006), Ashoka helps 3,000 entrepreneurs address societal challenges and find success.


Ashoka’s IMPACT program

The organization’s IMPACT programs last for six months and their purpose is to identify high-potential innovative social organizations in various sectors or regions, raise these groups’ level of professionalism and encourage acceleration so that the impact they make is multiplied.

For the 13th rendition of the IMPACT program, in partnership and with funding from RAISE, Ashoka is launching the very first regional edition of the program in Nord-Pas de Calais Picardie while encouraging participation from local players.


Lille’s agency’s involvement in the IMPACT program

Launched at the end of 2015, the northern IMPACT program drew 30 entrepreneurs from the Nord-Pas de Calais Picardie region to compete for six months of support. Six winners were chosen and they have since completed the first phase of the program: three two-day workshops.

During the first workshop on Febrary 23 and 24, 2016 in Lille, we offered our expertise to program participants:

  • Jean-Baptiste Toursel, Business Unit Manager, led a session on decision-making tools for companies who are in the process of relocating.
  • Toymina Ali-Mohamed participated in a session on the Social Reporting Standard, along with Mouves and Work & Co. The goal of this presentation was to help attendees define their three fundamental values: vision | mission | strategy. Ali-Mohamed will also be assisting the Singa association.
  • Sophie Mièze, Business Engagement Manager, will be providing project coaching for six months for one of the winners, Voisin Malin.


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