ORG602: Social Entrepreneurship

Course Description

Social Entrepreneurship is the field of applying business entrepreneurship, start-up principles to social causes. This course centers around a final project where students will build their own social entrepreneurship “pitch deck” presentation 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. Define the field of social entrepreneurship and key traits of social entrepreneurs.
  2. Describe and apply the theories from the Lean Startup needed to rapidly adapt to uncertain environments facing social entrepreneurs.
  3. Interview customers and stakeholders to assess product-market fit for a new initiative.
  4. Develop a business model canvas for your new initiative and revise based on customer feedback.
  5. Develop a pitch presentation of your new initiative to a group of potential investors.


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.$33.30
Total Cost of Course$851.16