Hybrid Social Finance

“Literally one of the most useful tools I have come across as a social entrepreneur!” 

(Ashoka Fellow on the Social Investment Toolkit)

Apply to the Hybrid Social Finance Workshops of the 2020 / 2021 edition of this Module:

Deadline to apply is November 9, 2020

What is this module about? 

To scale up their impact, change leaders require access to affordable finance. They must learn how to navigate hybrid financing approaches in order to unlock untapped sources of funding. 

During our long experience working with change leaders, we have observed both their challenges and their success stories when it comes to raising social finance. We want to share with you all our best insights and learnings in creating blended finance raising strategies as well as investment offers that appeal to both commercial and social investors. We also want to create a co-learning space to empower change leaders, funders and other key actors around the topic of social finance.

Together we will… 

  • Empower funders and social entrepreneurs to develop social funding approaches
  • To structure investment deals for world-changing ideas 
  • To bridge supply and demand for social finance 
  • Mobilize Ashoka' s community for social finance

With this module you can begin a powerful learning journey about impact investment! 

The offer:

(Hybrid Social) Finance is always crucial for Social Entrepreneurs! With the recent troubles (COVID-19) turning our organizations upside down, affordable finance is more in the focus than before! We are offering you a chance to deep dive into your business model, diversify your revenue stream and investment strategy. 

We offer two in-depth Hybrid Social Finance online workshops in November 2020 and March 2021! Please note that the content of these online workshops are identical. We organise two of them to accommodate the needs of the community.

1- Hybrid Social Finance First Online Workshop: November 25 & 27- November 30 & December 1 2020  

2- Hybrid Social Finance Second Online Workshop: Early / mid 2021 (TBD- stay in touch through our newsletter for March 2021 workshop announcement)

The conditions of participation, costs and benefits for participants (see below) apply to both offers.

1- Hybrid Social Finance First Online Workshop 

Join our in-depth social finance workshop to to develop social funding approaches and structure investment deals for world-changing ideas.

Dates: From November 25 to December 1 (5 days)

Time: 9:00 -11:00 CET (each day)

The workshops will offer an introduction to social finance as well as a ‘deep dive’ into helping the participants to prepare their investment proposals and pitch and exploring the key steps of raising finance (eg: business model, must have earned income, donation, insights, assess whether it makes sense to raise donation or investment, etc).

The workshops are offered in Partnership with the Ashoka Social Finance, Ashoka ASN Team and FASE.

Apply here!

“Very powerful toolkit to come to a pitch with investors.” (Participant of the Social Finance Workshop in May 2020)

Conditions of Participation:

Who can apply?

  • Ashoka Fellows and/or their team members (every person has to apply individually through the form above) | Join for free
  • ASN  members (members of the Ashoka Support Network; as advisors and social finance experts, see below) | Join for free
  • Ashoka Staff | Join for free
  • Change Leaders in Education | Join for free
  • Partners of AshokaThe regular costs of 2.000€ apply (core partners of the Ashoka Europe Fellowship Program join for free)
  • Other change leaders or ecosystem partners who are interested in learning more about social finance and getting an overview of the Social Investment Toolkit are also welcome. Places are limited and acceptance is subject to the application process, so apply soon. |The regular costs of 2.000€ per workshop apply

Please check-out this Social Finance Online-Introduction-Seminar prior to your application, to find out if Hybrid Social Finance is right for you! 

The content for this module is curated for Ashoka Fellows with a limited number of seats for Ashoka Support Network member, Partners and other Change Leaders.

Dear Ashoka Support Network members, Ashoka Partners and other Key Ecosystem Players

  • We would love to welcome up to 15 ASN members, partners or other key ecosystem players who want to join the workshop as advisors and social finance experts that will provide feedback to the Fellows on their strategies for greater social impact – please apply and / or reach out to us, if you have questions!
  • If you are interested in this content for your organization and your stakeholders, please reach out to us, too. We are happy to co-create ways to open this content to you, too. Find out more about your engagement possibilities here. 

Why you should apply?

Participants leave with a deeper understanding of all kinds of possibilities to raise funds and investment. In addition, the online course aims to create a community of peers, investors, advisors and experts to provide support and opportunities to collaborate

For Ashoka Fellows: This is for you, if you want..

  • To scale your business and need new forms of financing to do so. 
  • To learn more about hybrid finance strategies.
  • To explore new social funding strategies and analyse your status quo with leading experts of the field. 
  • To access finance and find out what revenue stream to use in order to scale and unlock system change. 

For Ashoka Staff: This is for you, if you want..

  • To feel equipped with knowledge and strategies about Social Finance to best support your Fellows. 

For ASNs (members of the Ashoka Support Network): This is for you, if you want...

  • To learn more about investment possibilities & raise your awareness about Social Finance and Social Entrepreneurship in general.
  • To connect, network & co-create with leading Social Entrepreneurs in Europe.
  • To support Fellows in raising investment & finance and understand the right tools for it. 

For Partners / other change leaders (from the corporate world or foundations): This is for you, if you want...

  • To establish strong connections & knowledge about how to unlock finance for social entrepreneurs.
  • To scale up your impact, aiming for system change. 

“The module was amazing, although it was intense. But the delivery of information was well structured. I learned a lot!” (Participant of the Social Finance Workshop in May 2020)


  • Ashoka Fellows, their team members: The program is open and participation is free for all Ashoka Fellows.

  • Ashoka Support Network members: Members of the Ashoka Support Network also join for free, subject to a selection process. Find out more about the Ashoka Support Network here.

  • Ashoka Staff: Join for free

  • Core partners of the Ashoka Europe Fellowship Program: Join for free

  • Other Partners and Change Leaders: The cost of the module is €2000. You can require a stipend* for your participation, indicating it in the application form.

*In case you require a travel stipend to participate please indicate in your application and follow the steps provided in the application form. We have limited stipends for participants in need, so please evaluate and request a stipend only if financial reasons hinder your participation.

Meet the module leads:

We are happy to introduce you to 3 of the best (co-) leaders in this area: 

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Clémentine van Hamme: Our team member Clémentine, an expert in Social Finance, is offering her Finance knowledge & experience, combined with her insights of leading the fellowship efforts at Ashoka Belgium. 


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Alex de la Torre: Our team member Alex, responsible of the Social Finance activities in Europe and Latin America. Alex leverages his financial experience as economic consultant and as finance director at Ashoka Spain. He has delivered several Social Finance workshops and has been part of various Social Investment Accelerators.


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Mark Cheng: With Mark Cheng, we can introduce you one of the leading experts for Social Finance worldwide. In fact, he has helped to raise over $250mn for social causes. Being one of our global leaders at Ashoka, we are proud that Mark will share his experience and knowledge with you and our community. 


“It was amazing how Mark Cheng linked his finance experience to the social reality. I was impressed!”  (Feedback from a participant of the Social Finance Workshop in May 2020)

If you have any questions about the Hybrid Social Finance module, please reach out to Clémentine van Hamme or Alex de la Torre

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