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ORG602: Social Entrepreneurship

Course Description

Social Entrepreneurship is the field of applying business entrepreneurship, start-up principles to social causes. The 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 key theories and concepts in the field of social entrepreneurship.
  3. Describe and apply the theories from the Lean Startup and Business Models needed to rapidly adapt to uncertain environments facing social entrepreneurs.
  4. 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. Synthesize and present theories and concepts of social entrepreneurship. You will do this in a “pitch deck” presentation that you could use to persuade potential supporters of your initiative.


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
Tuition $800.00
Total Cost of Course $817.86