What is Hello Europe?
Hello Europe is an Ashoka initiative which identifies the most powerful solutions related to migration from around the world and helps scale them in Europe. Using nearly 40 years of expertise in social innovation and scaling success, and a global network of leading social entrepreneurs, Ashoka is perfectly placed to contribute to broader change in improving the lives of refugees and migrants in Europe. These solutions—from a network of older people teaching language classes to new arrivals, to finance tools, to culturally appropriate therapy for trauma, and beyond—are having profound impact. We can help them have more. Starting with the HELLO Festival Berlin in 2016, Ashoka and key European partners (including Zalando, Robert Bosch Foundation and the Schöpflin Foundation) have invested more than €1 million to source, scale and transfer innovative solutions in four countries. We now turn our attention to Europe as a whole. These solutions have potential to transform the continent and change lives in every country. Our task: to get them there. To achieve this, we launch national accelerators that help identify, support and scale the most innovative and effective citizen sector solutions to the challenges underlying migration, integration and refugee movements. Our accelerators work in three phases:
Searching, Sourcing, Analysing
The Hello Europe team identifies key solutions at a local level as well as throughout our global network of Ashoka Fellows. We look for ideas that are proven, impact driven and have the potential to scale successfully into the country context. We then assess and prepare the solution leaders for scaling through workshops, consulting and other support.
Presenting and Matching
Hello Europe creates a space for inspiration and connection where solutions can be presented to a large group of stakeholders (including local and international decision-makers, social entrepreneurs, leaders in business, media, and government), and form connections and new networks that enable scaling and the emergence of new solutions.
Hello Europe provides tailored support to solutions that choose to scale. This includes workshops, pro-bono consulting through corporate partners, access to new networks and financial start-up support from our Innovation Fund.
What is Ashoka?
Since 1981, Ashoka has sought the most innovative ideas for social change around the world. We created the term ‘social entrepreneur,’ and our Ashoka Fellows are those unique leaders who design and drive these ideas forward, turning them from notions to organisations to global movements. We’ve elected nearly 4000 Ashoka Fellows in 90 countries. As we find these brilliant social entrepreneurs in every sector, themes in their work begin to emerge, and as a global organization Ashoka helps identify and spread new frameworks of change to influence fields of work as a whole: education, youth, healthcare, migration, etc.
Starting with the HELLO Festival Berlin in 2016, Ashoka and key European partners (including Zalando, Robert Bosch Foundation and the Schöpflin Foundation) have invested more than €1 million to source, scale and transfer innovative solutions in four countries. They are now expanding the program to 6 new European countries.