Social Entrepreneurship 101: Discovering Your Passion & Path to Change the World


Ever dream of changing the world or making a difference? You are invited to roll up your sleeves and join a group of entrepreneurs on a journey to change lives by changing systems.  In this 4 week introductory course from +Acumen, we’ll cover what social entrepreneurship is and why it’s so exciting.  Built from Acumen’s years of experience investing in social entrepreneurs, this course will also feature firsthand stories and advice from 4 inspiring founders: Charles Best of DonorsChoose.org, Thulsiraj Ravilla of Aravind Eyecare, Leila Janah of Sama Group, and JB Schramm of College Summit. Designed for anyone approaching social entrepreneurship for the first time, this interactive learning experience will give you an overview of the sector.  It will help you explore pathways for initial engagement with social enterprises and uncover your relevant passions and skills.  By the end of this course, you’ll have found a concrete way to contribute to a social enterprise OR you’ll be engaged in early stage ideation for your own venture.  Specifically, you’ll begin to identify a problem you care about, understand the considerations needed for impact and financial sustainability, and learn about how various entrepreneurs have thought about scale. Sign up to get started! entrepreneurs 3

Our Partner:

 

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+Acumen is grateful to be sponsored by the Fossil Foundation for our work to unleash the potential of social change makers around the world.  Read more about the Fossil Unbound initiative here.

You'll Love this Course If:

  • You’ve heard the term “social entrepreneurship” but want to find out what it really means & how to get involved
  • You’re looking for ideas to add more meaning to your life and career
  • You have a burning desire to do good in ways that are smart and effective
  • You’re eager to lend your skills and talents to solve a social problem

Please note: This is an entry level +Acumen course intended to be most valuable to people approaching the social entrepreneurship sector for the first time.

What You'll Learn:

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the concept of social entrepreneurship and be inspired to find new ways to tackle the world’s greatest challenges
  • Appreciate that social entrepreneurship is a mindset to tackle problems across different sectors (public, private, non-profit)
  • Discover a pathway for how you can make change whether this is founding an enterprise, serving on a board, or supporting social entrepreneurs in other creative ways

How This Course Works

There are no in-person teachers or facilitators for this course, but we will have technical and subject matter experts available to assist you online. The course will be offered through a third party learning platform called NovoEd.  Course content will consist of readings and interactive exercises which you can access when the course starts. You can take this course individually or as a group.

Workload

This course is designed to be completed over 4 weeks.  Each week, there will be approximately 1 hour of individual prep work (completing readings and watching videos) and then 1 hour where you will spend doing an interactive assignment, ideally with a team of 3-5 of your coworkers or friends.

Technical Requirements

You will need a computer with the ability to upload all your assignments.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

WILL A CERTIFICATE BE AWARDED UPON COMPLETION OF THE COURSE?

We will provide a Statement of Accomplishment for individuals who complete all requirements.  For this course, you will need to submit 3 of 4 assignments.

IF I TAKE THIS COURSE IN A GROUP, DO MY GROUP MEMBERS NEED TO BE IN THE SAME LOCATION?

You can take this course individually. However, if you would like to participate with a group, we recommend signing up with a group that is all physically located in the same place.

Remember, all members of your group need to register for this course individually.

HOW MUCH TIME DO I NEED TO DEDICATE TO TAKE THIS COURSE?

This course is designed to be completed over 4 weeks.  Each week, there will be approximately 1 hour of individual prep work (completing readings and watching videos) and then 1 hour where you will spend doing an interactive assignment, ideally with a team of 3-5 of your coworkers or friends.

WHAT IS THE IDEAL SIZE FOR MY GROUP?

We recommend a group of 3 to 5 individuals. If your group is too big, it can be more difficult to coordinate schedules and conduct discussion together.  It’s more fun to take this course with a group, but it is also suitable to be taken individually.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO TAKE THIS COURSE?

All +Acumen courses are free.

ARE THERE ANY PREREQUISITES FOR TAKING THIS COURSE?

This is an introductory course and there are no prerequisites.

MORE QUESTIONS?

Please contact courses@plusacumen.org

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