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Supporting Ashoka to Help Solve Social Problems

People who come up with innovative ideas to mitigate and solve serious and pressing social problems in areas like human rights, education, health, and the environment, and put them to work in businesses with the aim of changing society are called "social entrepreneurs."

Ashoka, which was established in 1980 by Bill Drayton, who created the concept of social entrepreneurship, is now the world's largest network for supporting social entrepreneurs. To date, Ashoka has designated as Ashoka Fellows over 2,700 social entrepreneurs at work in over 70 countries across the globe. Ashoka provides Fellows with support for living expenses, as well as, legal, marketing, and other expert services, and connections to other social entrepreneurs.

On January 11, 2011, Mizuho concluded the "STRATEGIC SUPPORT AGREEMENT" with Ashoka, in support of its global activities, to cooperate in assisting Ashoka Japan's activities and support for social entrepreneurs. We support entrepreneurship activities through assisting Ashoka Japan, accumulate knowledge and expertise on social business, including on the activities of aforementioned entrepreneurs, and examine the influence of financial institutions on social business.

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Chair and C.E.O. of Ashoka, Mr. Bill Drayton

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