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Social Enterprise: Business Doing Good

Learn about the diverse world of social enterprise in this free online course from Middlesex University Business School.

Social Enterprise: Business Doing Good

Why join 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. If you work with a social enterprise or are thinking about launching one, this course provides a valuable foundation.

Continue learning with the Social Enterprise program

This course is one of three in the Social Enterprise program prepared by Middlesex University Business School, the Jindal Centre for Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship and Living in Minca.

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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.

What topics will you cover?

  • Understand what social enterprise is and its relation to sustainable development.
  • Learn how to evaluate social enterprise in the context of global and local problems.
  • Assess different definitions of social enterprise.
  • Identify different social enterprise models.
  • Learn about the social impact of social enterprises.
  • Come up with a social enterprise business idea.

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Identify social enterprises
  • Develop your social enterprise business idea
  • Contribute to discussion about the social enterprise world

Who is the course for?

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

Who will you learn with?

Sara Calvo

Sara is a Senior Lecturer at Middlesex University Business School. She is also the founding director of Living in Minca, a certified business consultant and a documentary filmmaker.

Jeremy Wade

Jeremy is the Founding Director of the Jindal Centre for Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship (JSiE), a social innovation lab in North India. Connect with him at

Andres Morales

Andres is the co-founder of Living in Minca, a Social Enterprise consultant, ethnographer, filmmaker and Researcher at Open University.

Follow me @AndresMoralesPM

Who developed the course?

Founded in the 1960s, Middlesex University Business School is one of the largest Business Schools in the UK.

JSiE, a social innovation lab at O.P. Jindal Global University in North India, helps individuals and organizations to develop innovative solutions to complex social and environmental problems.

Living in Minca is an international platform established in 2012 as an initiative to promote social enterprises and the social and solidarity model around the world.

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  • Access to this course for 5 weeks
  • Includes any articles, videos, peer reviews and quizzes

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  • Unlimited access to this course
  • Includes any articles, videos, peer reviews and quizzes
  • Tests to validate your learning
  • Certificate of Achievement to prove your success when you complete the course

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