This course counts toward the following majors: Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Social Enterprise.
Social entrepreneurship is a dynamic and quickly evolving field. This course immerses students into this world through discussions, readings, guest lecturers, field trips and, most importantly, a quarter-long team-based consulting project.
This class is intended for students who want to start, work for, advise or invest in a business designed to have a social impact. This class is not intended to teach participants how to start their own social enterprise however it will require them to work through a set of questions that will enable them to be evidence-driven (rather than assumption-driven) in how they approach, support and evaluate social enterprises.
• What problems are organizations trying to address through social enterprise initiatives?
• What kinds of legal and governance structures are available?
• What are effective (and emergent) funding strategies?
• What counts as impact - and to whom?
• What is required to make meaningful, lasting social change?
Participants will not only learn about promising local, regional and national trends in social entrepreneurship, they develop useful research and consulting skills. Projects help build clients' organizational capacity and increase sustainability for entrepreneurial nonprofits and for-profit companies seeking to have a social impact. Past projects have included strategic and program planning; financial modeling; pricing models; positioning and marketing; benchmarking; and developing impact dashboards.
In Spring 2015 student teams will work with companies focused on community and economic development; support for aging populations; immigration; education; environmental sustainability; workforce development and the food industry.
All Students: Negative PreRequisite: SEEK-452-0
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