MTM511: Social Entrepreneurship

Course Description

This course will explore the discipline of social entrepreneurship. The course centers around a final project where students will build their own social entrepreneurship “pitch deck” to use to persuade potential supporters of their initiative. This course will apply many of the best practices of startups used by Silicon Valley to the social sector including: Lean Startup principles and the Business Model Canvas.

Course Objectives

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  1. Be able to define the field of social entrepreneurship and key traits of social entrepreneurs.
  2. Be able to describe and apply key theories and concepts the field of social entrepreneurship.
  3. Be able to describe and apply the theories from the Lean Startup and Business Models needed to rapidly adapt to an uncertain environments facing social entrepreneurs.
  4. Be able to conduct a detailed analysis of an organization to assess which initiatives are contributing the most (and least) to its mission impact and revenue sustainability.
  5. Be able to synthesize and present theories and concepts of social entrepreneurship into strategic recommendations for organizations.


Course Materials & Tuition 

Gelobter, M. (2015). Lean Startups for Social Change: The Revolutionary Path to Big Impact (1 edition). San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler Publishers. 224 pg. ISBN: 978-1626561496$17.86
Osterwalder, A., & Pigneur, Y. (2010). Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers (1st edition). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons. ISBN: 978-0470876411.Available free online
Total Cost of Course$817.86