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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 9 secondsThe main challenge I think is the profit, because we don't want to make more profit and we also want to provide the best price for our community. I think all the challenges of change are all the challenges of growth. Challenge, is making sure you've got a sustainable business as well. Giving away all of your intellectual property, could threaten the survival of the business.

Skip to 0 minutes and 35 secondsJust grow your own organization. Do well, grow it, get more business get more customers, get more contracts, and just grow.

Skip to 0 minutes and 47 secondsTo this day, more than 5 million children have benefited from Escuela Nueva. Because we're forming partnerships, looking for appropriate partners in other countries.

Skip to 1 minute and 2 secondsWhat you want to achieve, what your networks are, what your customers are, what your stakeholders are, where do they go, how do they behave? How much money you have to make things happen? It's about creating connections and creating a plan, on paper first, then with conversation with people, and then testing it, testing it, testing it!

Skip to 1 minute and 32 secondsTo create a strong, sustainable social business you need to have a strong, sustainable economic model riding alongside. How do you create a scalable model that also scales social benefit and social impact. And what I didn't want was to build a model that had "social impact" as a tag on. You know, an additional bit. I wanted to build a model that every level of the business...

About the course

Is your social enterprise sustainable? Is it scalable? This course helps you evaluate your model and develop a plan to take it to the next level.

Where could this course take me?

This course is a must for anyone who wants to understand how to scale and sustain a social enterprise. You will learn how to evaluate and diagnose your current business model, identify your challenges, and develop strategies to grow your social enterprise, and evaluate its impact.

What and how will I learn?

Social Enterprise: Growing a Sustainable Business includes a mix of theory, practical information, and case studies from around the world. You will learn how to map your stakeholders, consider partnership opportunities, and manage change. You will also consider different marketing and communications strategies, how to find talent, and different sources of funding and investment.

By the end of the course, you will be prepared to take your social enterprise to the next level.

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.

Requirements

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