American Express Emerging Innovators

American Express Emerging Innovators

Emerging Innovators Toolkit

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Forty-five leaders who represent the future of social change will attend the 2014 American Express Emerging Innovators Leadership Boot Camps in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico where they will receive training, mentoring from Ashoka Fellows, key thought leaders in social entrepreneurship, promotion, and opportunities for collaboration.


Here, we will highlight these innovators and the stories of their lives, including interviews from innovators sharing what they have learned throughout the launch and growth of their organizations. The Emerging Innovators Toolkit will provide resources to support and inspire other entrepreneurs around the world. Also watch for blog posts by notable social entrepreneurs who will contribute their knowledge about leadership, social change, and entrepreneurship. #emerginginnovators

About this campaign


Innovators must be living or working in:





United States

  • The innovation must be early- or mid-stage. It can be anywhere from piloting their idea locally to running a growing national (or international) program. More info on last year's engagement can be seen here
  • The innovator must be a co-founder or founder of their organization


Emerging Innovators' Toolkit

Strengthen your entry

with a guide to wooing funders

Resources & links

To useful links and how-tos

Find a peer

On the projects map

Take a crash course

By Ashoka on how to be more innovative and impactful

Past Participants

Co-Founder, Principal

Kounkuey Design Initiative

Founder, Creator

The Viewspaper

Chief Operating Officer

Tiyatien Health


Global Cycle Solutions, AISE Initiative


Thought Leaders


Vice President of Online and Mobile Partnerships

American Express

Senior Vice President of Digital Partnerships and Development

American Express


Echoing Green


Girls on the Run

President and Founder

Common Ground




Grow in a disciplined way. Define your story—before someone else does. Constantly ask for feedback.


“If you have a preconceived notion of good, you cannot be creative,” said Zahra Ebrahim, founder of archiTEXT. “Let go of everything that already is, and design something that truly does not exist.”



If you want to obtain different results, don’t do the same things. Improve your potential by combining systems that meet skills and strengthen creative gaps. Make the change you want to see as clear as the problem you want to solve.