WANTED: Innovative solutions that create change in Greece

As you set out for Ithaka
hope the voyage is a long one,
full of adventure, full of discovery.

-       Constantine P. Cavafy


Athens – March 12, 2014 – Entries are now open for “Destination: Change. New Solutions for Greece, a competition hosted on the online Ashoka Changemakers platform to source, highlight and catalyze new solutions and approaches to problem solving in Greece.

The competition is announced by Ashoka, The Hellenic Initiative, the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation, Boehringer Ingelheim Ellas, and SAP Hellas. “Destination: Change. New Solutions for Greece” is inspired by the theme of change as a destination we are trying to reach, and the new solutions that help us get there.

Ashoka, the world’s largest association of leading social entrepreneurs, and its partners are looking for the boldest projects that have the potential to create lasting change. Competition entries can cover a range of solutions, including: social and economic inclusion of vulnerable populations; health and access to healthcare; strengthening community development through environmental solutions, and supporting healthy and active aging.

Applications must be submitted online at www.changemakers.com/destinationchange by the closing date: May 19, 2014. Finalists will be announced in June 2014 and winners will be announced at an Awards Ceremony taking place in July.  

“The most critical variable to becoming a changemaker is one’s willingness to give oneself permission—to break the mental chains that make us small because everyone tells us we cannot,” said Bill Drayton, CEO and founder of Ashoka.

We are looking for the people who are giving themselves permission to say “I can change this and have an impact in Greece,” because together we can solve big problems.


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Ashoka is the leading global network of social entrepreneurs, working with men and women around the world who have developed systems-changing solutions to pressing societal challenges.

The Hellenic Initiative

The Hellenic Initiative (THI) is a global, nonprofit, secular institution whose vision is to mobilize the Greek diaspora and philhellene community to invest in the future of Greece through programs focused on crisis relief, entrepreneurship, and economic development. 

Boehringer Ingelheim Ellas

The Boehringer Ingelheim group is one of the world’s 20 leading pharmaceutical companies. Headquartered in Ingelheim, Germany, it operates globally with 140 affiliates and more than 46,000 employees. The Greek affiliate, established in 1966, is now the only multinational pharmaceutical company with its own manufacturing plant in the country. In the framework of the Making More Health initiative, Boehringer Ingelheim initiated in 2010 a global cooperation with the Ashoka organization. With this cooperation, it aims to provide, through social entrepreneurship, innovative solutions to critical health and living problems of people and communities around the world.

John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation

The John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation continues the public service tradition of John S. Latsis by supporting and implementing public benefit initiatives in the fields of education, social welfare, scientific research and community development, with a geographic focus primarily on Greece. The Foundation endeavours to partner with its grantees and provide multilayered support in addition to financial assistance, in order to achieve the greatest possible impact.

SAP Hellas

Headquartered in Walldorf, Germany, with locations in more than 130 countries, SAP is the world leader in enterprise software and software-related services. SAP Hellas SA was founded in October 1994 to spread SAP software in Greece. Since then, there have been more than 1380 installations in companies of all sizes. SAP Hellas SA offices are based in Athens and Nicosia serving Greece and Cyprus respectively.