Winners of Scaling Impact Fund Announced

Winners of Scaling Impact Fund Announced

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Back in May this year, we wrote to you directly from Bangalore, India where we not only convened some of our Ashoka Fellows and strategic partners for a ‘Globalizer’ Summit, but we also launched the first of its kind ‘Scaling Impact Fund’ - a €250,000 award dedicated to providing investment to Fellows working to scale their impact for transformative change in the apparel industry

With women comprising over 80% of apparel workers worldwide, gender justice is also critical to achieving this goal. The Gender Justice Award, as part of the Scaling Impact Fund, reflects this as an area of strategic focus when scaling impact for systemic change.

“We want to reward innovators that are challenging harmful gender norms, said Kavita N Ramdas, Strategy Advisor at MADRE & former CEO, Global Fund for Women, and one of our expert judges, “and ultimately to transform gender relations by engaging both women and men as agents of change and strengthening women’s voice and leadership.”

Today, after months of strategy development and refinement, we are thrilled to announce those Fellows whose impact focused scaling strategies impressed and inspired our panel of expert judges.  

The winners are:

Nicole Rycroft, Founder and Executive Director of CanopyStyle - for the Impact Award of €100,000  

Nicole’s strategy is to transform the environmental impact of clothing on forests by working with brands and producers to eliminate controversial and endangered forest fibre sources through shifting sourcing policies, and kick-starting commercial scale production of circular economy alternatives. Watch Nicole speaking about her work and CanopyStyle

Rebecca van Bergen, Founder and Executive Director, Nest - for the Gender Justice Award of €30,000  

Rebecca’s strategy focuses on building a new model and process around ethical compliance for artisans and home workers in the informal economy, the vast majority of whom are women. Nest is creating an industry-wide set of standards that map to affordable remediation solutions.

Benjamin Cokelet, Founder and Executive Director, PODER - for the Peer Award of €25,000  

Ben’s strategy for scaling impact is to launch MMTAP, a platform to improve conditions for maquiladora workers, starting with garment manufacturers, catalysing a race to the top by reducing information asymmetries and eliminating plausible deniability of multinational companies brand executives. Watch Benjamin speaking about his work with PODER.

Hazer Gul, Founder and Executive Director, Islampur Cottage Industry Association (ICIA) - for the Peer Award of €25,000

Hazer’s strategy is to create a social, cultural, political and economic space for the artisans of cottage industries in Islampur, Pakistan. The role of ICIA is the benevolent ‘middleman’ - empowering weavers with the information, skills and capital they need to better negotiate with the existing middle men, in order to retain more economic value.


Thank you to all our wonderful Globalizer Fellows, and to our judges Kavita Ramdas, Philanthropy Changemaker and Feminist Activist; Doug Cahn, Principal, The Cahn Group; Aditi Wanchoo, Senior Manager - Development Partnerships Social & Environmental Affairs, APAC at Adidas Group; Rizwan Tayabali, CEO at Make A Difference; Nadine Freeman, Co-Director Ashoka Globalizer