Social entrepreneurship to solutions for pressing social and environmental issues is entrepreneurship to wealth creation and economic development, or charity to advancement of social justice. This course introduces the basis of social entrepreneurship while drawing parallels to traditional entrepreneurial ventures and nonprofit organizations. It intends to highlight the promises and challenges of integrating social impact with enterprise profitability. Through case studies, field research and team projects, students gain practical experience of developing authentic impact intention, awareness of personal traits conducive to becoming a social entrepreneur, innovative business model, and well-rounded performance metrics, as well as knowledge about several sectors and regions where social entrepreneurs are most active.
Field WorkCountry: Morocco
Day: 2 - Friday, 23 October
This field lab asks students to discover the core drives within the social entrepreneurs whom they will meet and interview, and explore their own motivations to become a social entrepreneur through self-reflection and insight sharing. The goal is for students to embrace social entrepreneurship as a mindset, rather than a title or label, a membership in an incubator, or a demo at a pitch fest. Academic Objectives:
- To gain an understanding on a range of entrepreneurial motives
- To gain an understanding on the various conditions conducive or inhibiting the rise of a social entrepreneur
- To develop practical skills to engage others for authentic and purposeful conversations