Social entrepreneurship

Philips Foundation and Ashoka are cooperating in a multi-year program to accelerate access to healthcare around the world by connecting social entrepreneurship with industry skills and exploring collaborative action between Philips Foundation and Ashoka Fellows.


The collaboration is rooted in the Philips Foundation's long-standing commitment to improve healthcare access for disadvantaged communities through innovation and Ashoka's network of leading social entrepreneurs who advance health equality with new solutions and approaches.

AHA! - Accelerating Healthcare Access



Accelerating Healthcare Access (AHA!) is an ambitious movement between Philips Foundation and Ashoka social entrepreneurs, addressing United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 3 (Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all) by scaling social innovation.


The participating social entrepreneurs – selected by Ashoka for their ability to make systemic change and increase access to healthcare – are supported by seasoned business leaders within Philips, a leading health technology company.

Working together - Ashoka and Philips Foundation

Working together


The Philips Foundation and Ashoka:

  • Find and select leading social innovators (Ashoka Fellows), developing a robust ecosystem of innovators
  • Scale the impact of Ashoka Fellows through an accelerator program, the Ashoka Globalizer
  • Connect Ashoka Fellows with Philips employees, whose expertise and leadership can be leveraged to co-create solutions
  • Foster collaboration with the goal of increasing access to healthcare in disadvantaged communities
Meet our fellow congres 2017

Meet our Ashoka Fellows


Our 2018 cohort of 14 social entrepreneurs have been selected based on the potential of their ideas and products to systemically change the global health sector and create scalable impact.

AHA! Globalizer Summit

AHA! Globalizer Summit

From June 20-24, 2018, the Philips Foundation and Ashoka convened a large and diverse group of actors in the healthcare ecosystem for the AHA! Globalizer Summit, in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. The Summit connected Philips leadership and industry experts with social entrepreneurs, with the aim to support collaboration on solutions with the potential to rapidly extend healthcare access to disadvantaged communities.


About Ashoka

Ashoka is the largest global network of leading social entrepreneurs – individuals with new ideas to systemically address the world’s biggest challenges and the entrepreneurial skill to transform those ideas into national, regional and global social impact. 


Over thirty years, Ashoka has supported more than 3,000 social entrepreneurs with solutions addressing society’s most pressing issues.


Ashoka’s vision is a world in which everyone is a changemaker – a society that responds quickly and effectively to social challenges, and where each individual has the freedom, confidence and societal support to address any social problem.

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