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Social Enterprise: Turning Ideas into Action

Learn how to turn your social enterprise ideas into action in this free online course from Middlesex University Business School.

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No certificate

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  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Social Enterprise: Turning Ideas into Action

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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.

Why join the course?

How can you turn a social enterprise idea into action? In this course, you will identify the problem your idea is trying to solve, design your social enterprise venture model and prepare to take it to market.

Where could this course take me?

This course is a must for anyone who wants to launch a social enterprise. It will help you understand the problem your social enterprise is trying to address, consider the level of innovation in your idea, and build your business plan and your team.

What and how will I learn?

Social Enterprise: Turning Ideas into Action includes a mix of theory, practical information, and case studies from around the world. You will also learn about the legal and marketing considerations as you prepare to take your idea to market.

By the end of the course, you will develop a plan for turning your social enterprise into action and there will be a competition to find the best learner-produced plan.

Learn more 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.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 15 secondsSocial enterprise is an inspiring and dynamic way of doing business.

Skip to 0 minutes and 21 secondsThere are so many great ideas and so many great social enterprises already existing, and I think that as a starting point, social entrepreneurs do need to engage with that.

Skip to 0 minutes and 38 secondsWhen we started in 2013 through that portal, it was just an idea to collect more people so that we can share about the issue and what kind of problems where against acid attacks.

Skip to 0 minutes and 55 secondsYou need to be yourself, and you need to be authentic and passionate about what you want to do and who you are.

Skip to 1 minute and 11 secondsIf they didn't love the mission they wouldn't be here. They love what we do and they love the kind of organization we are and they find it very fullfilling to work here and know that their skills are going towards helping people. We have a family!

Skip to 1 minute and 33 secondsThe simpler your pitch, the better.

What topics will you cover?

  • Idea validation
  • Technology and social innovation
  • Business models for social enterprises
  • Tools to develop a business model
  • Building a team
  • The core components of marketing
  • Pitching a business idea
  • Connecting and networking
  • Funding sources for social enterprise
  • Social enterprise legal structures

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...

  • Explore what is required to launch a social enterprise initiative
  • Identify their business problem and connect this with their idea
  • Understand the legal, finance and marketing considerations of a social enterprise
  • Reflect on the importance of the team and the use of technology and innovation in social enterprises
  • Assess different business models for social enterprises
  • Apply several tools to develop a business model

Who is the course for?

This course is intended for anyone interested in learning more about social enterprise, including entrepreneurs, charities 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 https://twitter.com/jwadejeremy

Andres Morales

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

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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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Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Unlimited access

Upgrading will mean you get unlimited access to the course.

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  • Take the course at your own pace
  • Refer to the material at any point in future

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Certificate of Achievement

Upgrading means you’ll receive a Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course.

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  • Prove your success when applying for jobs or courses
  • Celebrate your hard work
  • Display on your LinkedIn or CV

To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to mark 90% of the steps on the course as complete.

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