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Social Enterprise: Growing a Sustainable Business

Learn how to grow a sustainable social enterprise in this free online course.

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Social Enterprise: Growing a Sustainable Business

Is your social enterprise sustainable? Through theory, practical information, and video case studies from around the world, this course helps you evaluate your model and develop a plan to take it to the next level by mapping your stakeholders, marketing your business, and managing change.

This course was developed by Middlesex University Business School, with Living in Minca and the Jindal Centre for Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship.

Syllabus

  • Week 1

    Strategies for Sustainability

    • Let's get started

      The next steps should give you a flavour of how this course works and what it will cover. You will meet the course team and be able to introduce yourself.

    • Strategies for sustainability and scaling up

      In this section, we will evaluate different strategies to sustain or scale up your social enterprise

    • Building an organisation based on values

      How do social enterprises manage the growth of their teams and operations while constantly strengthening their core mission?

  • Week 2

    The Challenge of Changemaking

    • Common challenges faced by social enterprises

      Analyze your social enterprise to figure out what challenges you will likely encounter.

    • Leading in a changing environment

      Leadership strategies for convening supporters and managing change

    • Evaluating social enterprise performance

      In this section, we will evaluate our social enterprise looking at its strengths and weaknesses.

  • Week 3

    Achieving Social Impact at Scale

    • Marketing strategies and storytelling for change

      This activity explores different marketing strategies to promote your social enterprise

    • Funding and investment for impact

      Lack of funding opportunities is a disadvantage many social enterprises face. But some social enterprises can earn a profit sufficient to receive funding by investors, and increasingly new sources of capital are being unlocked.

    • Measuring social impact

      How can you measure the social impact of your social enterprise?

    • Conclusion

      In this activity, we review what you've learned in this course and provide some final resources and references for social enterprises

When would you like to start?

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Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

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

  • Apply different business tools to scale the business
  • Identify current challenges of the business
  • Reflect on the steps to grow a social enterprise company

Who is the course for?

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

Who developed the course?

Minca Ventures

Minca Ventures Ltd supports social innovation & social enterprises across the globe. The company offers consultancy, sustainable business modelling, training and educational courses, research, filmmaking, and storytelling communication strategies.

Middlesex University Business School

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

Jindal Centre for Social Innovation + Entrepreneurship

The Jindal Centre for Social Innovation + Entrepreneurship (JSiE) is an award-winning social impact centre at O.P. Jindal Global University located in North India.

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