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This course is part of the Social Enterprise program, which will enable you to turn your social enterprise idea into action.
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Skip to 0 minutes and 31 secondsThe two key things in a social enterprise is one, doing good, having a good social purpose, and secondly, having a good business behind it. We are here not to make money, but just to find out how can we work together. The main drive is to try and do something in a little way to make this world a better place. Social enterprise, it's about how do you earn your money and what do you do with that money that you make. Some of the challenges you meet require instant response and you have to be quick on your feet. And that is what I think a successful entrepreneur needs on how to evolve everyday. Whatever you do, there is always an impact.

Skip to 1 minute and 15 secondsThe future of our economy is in the social economy sector.

About the course

Can business do good? In this course, we explore different models of social enterprise and the local and global problems that they aim to address.

Where could this course take me?

This course is a must for anyone who wants to understand more about what social enterprise is and its relation to sustainable development. You will learn how to evaluate social enterprise in the context of global and local problems. If you work with social enterprise or are thinking about launching a social enterprise, this course provides a valuable foundation.

What and how will I learn?

Social Enterprise: Business Doing Good includes a mix of theory, practical information and case studies from around the world. You will assess different definitions and models of social enterprise and evaluate their social impact. Video interviews with experts and practitioners, articles and discussion steps will offer you the opportunity to learn and engage with other learners on key concepts and ideas.

By the end of the course, you will understand the key concepts related to social enterprise and how to assess the social impact of a social enterprise model.

Continue learning with the Social Enterprise program

This course is one of three in the Social Enterprise program prepared by Middlesex University Business School, in collaboration with researchers at the Jindal Centre for Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship and the social enterprise Living in Minca, and with funding by the British Council.

The program will enable you to understand what it takes to launch and run a sustainable social enterprise. When you complete all three courses and buy a Certificate of Achievement for each, you will earn a FutureLearn Award as proof of completing the program of study.


This course is intended for anyone interested in learning more about social enterprise, including entrepreneurs, charities, working professionals and students.

Buy a personalised, digital and printed certificate and transcript

You can buy a Certificate of Achievement for this course — a personalised certificate and transcript in both digital and printed formats, to prove what you’ve learnt. A Statement of Participation is also available for this course.

Certificate of Achievement + transcript £49.00

Statement of Participation £34.00

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Charges to your account will be made in GBP. Prices in local currency are provided as a convenience and are only an estimate based on current exchange rates.

Course highlights Get a taste of this course before you join:

  • Local solutions around the world
    Local solutions around the world

    Watch social entrepreneurs from around the world explain their solutions to critical issues in their area.

  • The Sustainable Development Goals
    The Sustainable Development Goals

    Professors Vesselin Popovski and R Sudarshan from O.P. Jindal Global University in India discuss the Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Case study: SMV Wheels
    Case study: SMV Wheels

    SMV Wheels is an innovative enterprise that promotes financial inclusion of cycle rickshaw pullers in India