Social Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development2018-02-10T17:35:05+00:00


Course Tuition: $390
Continuing Education Units (CEUs): 2
Duration: 5 weeks


September 15 – October 20, 2017


September 11, 2017



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Course Description

One of the biggest challenges we face in today’s global economy is the alleviation and ultimate elimination, of poverty. Unemployment, lack of economic opportunities and the inability to provide for one’s needs and those of one’s family, lead to destructive consequences at the individual level and can lead to crime and armed conflict at the social level. While the latest development theory recognizes the importance of entrepreneurship and micro-enterprise generation in combating poverty, providing employment and increasing income, in order to address poverty at the grass-roots level, we need to explore the intersection of traditional business concepts with social venturing. This course aims to provide an understanding of social entrepreneurship that will help us put theory into practice in a meaningful way.

This course will examine entrepreneurship and enterprise generation as a key foundation of the development of both economic and social capital, as well as individual and community empowerment. Its main emphasis will be the exploration of entrepreneurship with an imperative to drive social change and build sustainable ventures. Its focus will be on designing enterprises for the base of the economic pyramid in the context of disadvantaged communities. We will participate in the unfolding dialogue about what constitutes a “social entrepreneur”, develop an understanding of the power of “disruptive innovation”, and study success stories from around the world, thereby gaining valuable insights into how to develop our own enterprises.

This course will require critical thinking, be highly interactive, and students will share their experiences, ideas, insights and challenges. Participants will be able to apply the learning from this course to their own start-ups and field projects.

Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:

  • Understand the role of enterprise development in poverty reduction.
  • Identify key elements to designing a successful social venture.
  • Analyze social entrepreneurship in the context of developing sustainable businesses.
  • Network with resource organizations for social enterprise development projects.

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Testimonials from Past Course Participants for Social Entrepreneurship and Enterprise

“Prior to taking this course, I was under the impression that social enterprises were mostly a branch off of non-profit organizations in order to diversify their revenue streams. Now I understand that social enterprise development offers is a new and innovative way to solve complex social problems. For many years I have struggled with the fact that non-profits are often very limited in the impact they are able to have because of the existing boundaries, and mindsets, that have kept them contained. Now I can see that social enterprises have a unique ability to work outside of the existing boundaries of a non-profit model and adapt innovative solutions to create a lasting sustainable impact.I am grateful that I was able to take this course as I now have a toolkit of resources that I can use in the work that I do in my community. I also have the confidence to better explain and assist others to understand the benefits of exploring a social enterprise model for creating community impact.”