Social Entrepreneurship

Course description


This course introduces participants to the concept of social entrepreneurship and social enterprises. Beginning with an outline of the nature of social enterprises and the four pillars of sustainability, it frames the concept of social entrepreneurship using the "Golden Circle" framework, thus giving participants the tools necessary to break down the components of social enterprises in a concrete manner. Finally, the course also introduces participants to the Business Model Canvas (BMC) tool, and highlights the major challenges faced by entrepreneurs when starting social enterprises.

After completing this course, participants will be able to:

Argue for the merits of starting a social enterprise;
Identify the key components that make up social enterprises; and
Develop a Business Model Canvas for the establishment of a social enterprise.


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Participants who meet the course requirements will receive a Certificate of Completion issued in electronic format.


Lecture 1
Social Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprises (L274)
Lecture 2
The Components of a Social Enterprise (L275)
Lecture 3
Establishing a Social Enterprise (L276)
Case Study Exercise (C069)
Certificate of Completion
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Course Language
English ‎(en)‎
Next start date
25, August 2024
Time required
4 hours over 2 weeks
Course fee
Free of charge
Course access
Open for enrollments
Tutor Information

Raphael Dard

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