Ashoka Arab World is calling for social innovators in the UAE in the fields of health, energy efficiency and environment protection and women’s participation in inclusive growth for our upcoming forum on social entrepreneurship and innovation in Dubai.

The event is both a scaling program and a forum that gathers the brightest of Arab social innovators, business, civil service, and the citizen sector.  Our focus for the 2014 forum is the scalability of growing social innovations, bringing local solutions to the global level and importing relevant global innovations to the local arena. 

The scaling 
program begins in advance of the forum with the search and
 selection by Ashoka of high potential social innovators in the 
Arab Gulf. Based on thorough research concerning key challenges and issues in the Arab region, we are focusing on three fields of impact for our selection of social innovators: health, energy efficiency and environment protection, and women’s participation in inclusive growth.

Once selected, each innovator will receive 
the help of management consultants and business experts to develop their scaling models and create strategies for growth.

The shortlisted social innovators of the scaling program will be invited to present their scaling models to a panel of judges at the forum. The forum will also offer a platform for social innovators in the greater Arab region to showcase and launch their initiatives, as well as hold round table discussions with expert panelists that tackle the most pressing issues within our selected focus areas.

We are currently on the look out for social innovators in the above-mentioned focus areas in the UAE who have innovative business ideas that have demonstrated sound social impact. The selection criteria of social innovators focuses on

the innovation of the approach,
its proven track record of success and
the potential of the idea to scale.

These social innovators may be showcased as models of positive change at the forum or may become a part of our scaling program.

We are accepting nominations for social innovators for the scaling program until November 14th.

We would greatly appreciate your support in helping us locate social innovators for the coming forum. This is a wonderful opportunity for the youth to showcase and scale their initiatives.

For more information, or to nominate – email the following information at :

– The name of the social innovator
– A 300-500 word description of  the social innovation
– Links to any material concerning the social innovation (Social media, website, articles, ect.)

We look forward to receiving your nominations!



The Ashoka Innovation Network Challenge

The Ashoka Innovation Network Challenge:

Changing the world, in 7 minutes or less!

Do you have an idea or a project to change the world for the better? Can you pitch it to an audience in 7 minutes or less? Are you a young professional? Are you a CHANGEMAKER? If yes, please read on….

Who: The Ashoka Innovation Network, AIN, is looking for young professionals with an idea OR a project that is helping to improve the world!

What: The submission can be in an idea phase or in full-implementation swing! As long as your idea or project demonstrates a clear social impact, you have a chance of being selected.

The Challenge: Selected speakers will have 7 minutes to pitch their idea or project, and then the audience will have a chance to engage in a lively discussion with the speaker. After the speakers have presented, audience members will be asked to select their favorite topic of the evening, and the winning topic will serve as the theme for the next AIN event.  Speeches can be given in English, Arabic or a mix of both!

When/Where: The “AIN Challenge” will take place on December 4th at the Culture Wheel in the Word Hall. The event will start promptly at 2:00 PM

How: Send your idea and/or project description to Emily at by Thursday, November 25th. Ashoka Arab World staff will review submissions and contact you if you have been selected as a speaker. Submissions can be submitted in English or Arabic.

Make sure submissions include: your full name, cell phone number, and if you need to use a power point presentation or visual aids during your speech.

Smile for the Camera: All presentations will be recorded and put on the Ashoka Arab World website and blog.

Come be an audience member and vote on your favorite speaker! Please RSVP by December 1st to Emily at

The winning speaker will receive a prize!!

About AIN:

AIN is an initiative designed by young people for young people that directly supports Ashoka’s principles of “Everyone a Changemaker”™ (EACH). To reflect the values of EACH, AIN provides an enabling environment through which young people in the Arab World can support one another in exploring creative and effective ways to address their communities’ pressing social challenges. AIN is the first forum specifically for young professionals in Egypt interested in social entrepreneurship to network, connect with innovative individuals from different sectors, and learn about the latest trends and initiatives in social entrepreneurship.