Social Enterprises and Their Entrepreneurs (sp17)

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Social enterprises are businesses that address social problems in order to improve people’s lives, communities, and the environment while striving to become financially sustainable. They increase social impact by often reinvesting surplus rather than maximizing profit to external stockholders. Whether they are for-profit or non-profit, the “mission driven” entities sell products or services to generate revenue that fuels their growth. There is often a creative use of subsidized funds in the early stages that then form the basis for long term sustainability without further philanthropy. Students examine the different perspectives on this increasingly popular form of business. The course helps explain how these enterprises meet multiple goals of assisting “people, the planet and profit.” Some of the firms are innovative enough to be “disruptive” to “business as usual” in their industry. Many of these innovative breakthroughs then become the basis for the creation of other impact enterprises. The course examines what are the characteristics of the social entrepreneurs who create these enterprises and the difficult choices they often need to make while carrying out multiple goals while moving their business to sustainability. Business accelerators are entities that assist the enterprise to grow more quickly. There is a key role that is played by impact investors in helping these enterprises to grow. The course examines what has been learned about scaling these businesses to increase their impact.

Requires reading on Blackboard and an assignment in advance. No prerequisite.  Tuition $1500


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Course Tuition fee of $750
Jan. 11 - 14, 2017     8:30 am – 5:45 pm

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