Erlijn holds a Master in Industrial Engineering & Management Sciences from the Technical Univerity of Eindhoven and a Masters degree in South East Asian language and culture at the University of Leiden. She started her career in the corporate sector, working as a financial and strategic advisor for major Dutch companies like ABN, KLM Dutch Airlines and the national government. In 2006, she co-founded Microcredit for Mothers, a foundation catering to the poorest of the poor women in Southeast Asia, reaching out to thousands of families. For the last ten years she has been working in the traditional NGO sector as corporate-partnership manager and program-manager. Next to that, she was interim MD for Banking with the Poor Network in Singapore, StoereVrouwen, en HandOn Microkrediet.
Ashoka Venture and Fellowship
SELECTING AND SUPPORTING LEADING INNOVATORS
HOW DO WE IDENTIFY LEADERS CHANGING THE SYSTEMS?
Ashoka engages the world’s largest and most powerful network of social entrepreneurs by searching for and selecting the world’s leading social entrepreneurs: Ashoka Fellows. Ashoka pioneered the field of social entrepreneurship almost 40 years ago, and today it continues to build the largest global network of leading social entrepreneurs.
Ashoka searches the world for leading social entrepreneurs through an intensive, human-centered process, selecting them into our global, trust-based fellowship of peers. Across the globe, we use the following selection criteria and the process (Venture process) to elect Ashoka Fellows:
Since launching Ashoka in the Netherlands in 2014, we have elected and supported a number of Dutch social innovators who are bringing system change in the Netherlands and beyond.
ENABLING ENTREPRENEURS TO CHANGE SYSTEMS AND LEAD US INTO A WORLD IN WHICH EVERYONE CAN BE A CHANGEMAKER
We make sure that the Ashoka brand, the engagements we curate and facilitate, and the connections we open are valuable to each Fellow. We invite Fellows to make the most of the network through interactions that will increase their chances for deepening their social impact.
ASHOKA NETHERLANDS IS DELIVERING VALUE FOR OUR FELLOWS IN ACROSS 5 KEY AREAS:
Ashoka Changemaker Schools
We believe that anyone can become a changemaker and we strive for a world in which every young person is equipped and inclined to contribute to the common good. In order to empower every young person to become a changemaker, we need to change the way in which we educate young people. Ashoka launched the Changemaker Schools Programme in 2012 to build a community of education institutions that prioritize the cultivation of empathy, teamwork, leadership, and changemaking in their students.
Ashoka Netherlands has selected 9 Changemaker Schools. Once selected, the schools are connected with each other and with Ashoka’s community of social entrepreneurs and supporters from different sectors with the aim of reshaping the traditional education system.
Ashoka Support Network
The Ashoka Support Network (ASN) is a global community of successful, innovative leaders from a variety of fields, who connect with the world's leading social entrepreneurs to accelerate positive social change. They support Ashoka financially as well as strategically, offering their time, network and expertise.
In the Netherlands, we have a strong community of ASN members who provide their guidance and expertise to Ashoka Fellows and Changemaker Schools, supporting them to amplify their social impact. They do so in several key ways:
Building Networks for Fellows
Becoming Ambassadors for Fellows and Ashoka
Sitting on Advisory Boards
Bringing in Expertise
Building New Partnerships
Globally, the Ashoka Support Network consists of over 400 members in 20 countries throughout Europe, North America, South America, India, and beyond - as it continues to expand.
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Ashoka Changemaker Alliances
We build Co-Creation & Changemaker Alliances where social entrepreneurs, businesses, and policy makers complement each other’s skills and expertise to take on challenges that no one could solve alone, and simultaneously have access to new strategic win-win opportunities.
Google.org Impact Challenge on Safety
In 2019, Ashoka partnered with Google on “The Google.org Impact Challenge on Safety”: a €10m fund to support organisations across Europe that are working on challenges related to hate, extremism, and child safety, both online and offline. By funding new and existing community projects across Europe, we hope to support initiatives to counter hate and extremism, and help young people to become confident digital citizens.
AHA Phillips Program
The Philips Foundation and Ashoka are cooperating in a multi-year program, "Accelerating Healthcare Access" (AHA), to accelerate access to healthcare around the world by connecting social entrepreneurship with industry skills and exploring collaborative action. This unique cross-sector collaboration envisions to create and leverage shared value that will increase healthcare access for disadvantaged communities.
I am a social entrepreneur and I get inspired daily by the possibilities of this era. My entrepreneurial spirit grows when I encounter injustice, see opportunities and, in particular if the problems seem to be so complex that we needs to solve them outside existing frameworks.
I am founder of several initiatives. Two years ago Ashoka rewarded me with a fellowship. My fellowship was because of my efforts and results with Young in Prison. I founded the organisation Young in Prison in 2002 with the believe that the world needs to urgently rethink its definition of juvenile justice. Aware of the impact of detention on the youth.
Currently I am part of the Ashoka team. I have successfully handed over the Young in Prison and am working on developing the Visionary Program on Circular Economy.