Social Entrepreneurship

Course Description

During this course, you will examine the opportunities and challenges associated with a variety of types of social enterprises, including social purpose businesses, nonprofits, and revenue generating enterprises. Innovative virtual guest speakers will provide you with a unique opportunity to learn from individuals and organizations that exemplify mission-driven values. The course will also include readings, presentations and lectures, peer presentations, group discussions, and debates. You will work to develop and pitch your own idea for a non-profit or for-profit social enterprise as your capstone project.  Finally, you will explore the various types of careers available in “do well and do good” fields and the required education and skills to thrive in these exciting areas.  If the public health situation allows, field trips to local social enterprises will also be included in the course.

The purpose of this course is to help you develop essential knowledge and skills relating to Social Entrepreneurship, organized around the initiation, planning, growth, and development of new and emerging opportunities, culminating with the development of a Social Enterprise Business Plan.

Upon completion of this course, you should be able to.:

  • Articulate what social enterprise is and why the field has emerged and grown so rapidly in recent years
  • Identify when an industry is ripe for innovation and understand how to assess opportunities to respond to the need
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the social entrepreneurship movement, including local and global opportunities and challenges for social entrepreneurs
  • Make legal structure recommendations for a spectrum of social enterprises and articulate why that particular structure (nonprofit, for profit, hybrid, benefit corporation or cooperative) is the best choice
  • Understand a variety of social enterprise business models
  • Develop a theory of change/logic model, and business model canvas
  • Identify and evaluate the social impacts of a venture
  • Create a metrics dashboard
  • Talk about a range of social innovations related to social enterprise such as cooperatives, impact investing, and base of the pyramid
  • Effectively collaborate in group discussions to gain a deeper understanding of social entrepreneurship theory, process, and practice
  • Create and organize a clear and comprehensive social enterprise business plan
  • Develop and deliver an effective elevator pitch


This course will particularly benefit students who enjoy the creative process and learning from the experiences of others and are eager to apply business models to social issues and needs. 


One Section Available to Choose From:

Online sections of Pre-College courses are offered in one of the following modalities: Asynchronous, Mostly asynchronous, or Blended. Please review full information regarding the experience here.

Dates: June 20, 2022 - July 01, 2022
Duration: 2 Weeks
Meeting Times: M-F 8:30A-11:20A
Status: Closed
Format: On-Campus
Instructor(s): Kelly Ramirez
Course Number: 10201