Skip to 0 minutes and 11 secondsWelcome to our course on Growing a Sustainable Business. I am Sara, a social enterprise coordinator at the Enterprise Development Hub at Middlesex University, and the co-founder of a social enterprise company called Living In Minca. I have been working in the social enterprise sector as an educator and a business consultant for the last 8 years, visiting and learning from more than a hundred social enterprises in Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe. I am thrilled to be part of this course and I know for sure that there's going to be a lot of learning!
Skip to 0 minutes and 48 secondsOnce you have set up your social enterprise you will need to ensure it is financially sustainable, so you continue to support the people you set out to help. The steps to becoming sustainable will depend on your social enterprise model. Over the next three weeks, we are looking forward to your contribution to our global community of social enterprise thinkers and doers. By the end of the course, we hope you have found solutions to some of the challenges you are currently facing for scaling and sustaining your businesses. Hi, I’m Jeremy Wade. The founding director of the Jindal Centre for Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship and one of your educators on this course.
Skip to 1 minute and 26 secondsIn week 1, We’ll discuss some of the common challenges faced by social enterprises aiming to achieve financial, social and environmental goals. And we’ll examine how to evaluate and measure your social enterprise performance. In week 2, We’ll explore strategies taken by successful social entrepreneurs to scale their organization and impact. How do you map your stakeholders, identify collaborations and partnerships, and market your value proposition effectively. In week 3, we’ll look at best practices - in hiring the right people and creating efficient operations. We’ll also explore funding and investments for growth, and finally we’ll look at tools for measuring your social impact. Hello!
Skip to 2 minutes and 10 secondsmy name is Andres and I am a researcher at the Open University, as well as the co-founder of Living In Minca, a company that promotes and supports social enterprises around the world. My experience as working as a social enterprise consultant as well as an educator has convinced me that we have the power to affect the future. I started Living In Minca with the objective of showcasing inspiring social enterprise initiatives and social entrepreneurs worldwide, throughout research, films, and blogs. In this course, we will share with you some of the most successful social enterprises we have worked with, in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe.
Skip to 2 minutes and 59 secondsWe hope you can learn from those social enterprises and share ideas with other learners to make sure you can sustain and scale your business. We've designed the course for around 4 hours a week, so that it fits with your busy schedule. You can move ahead if you have the time, or catch up if you need to. Remember that all the course materials will be available after the course is finished, so you can always return to them for inspiration. You will also be able to interact with other social entrepreneurs, and discuss how to scale up and sustain your social enterprise business.
Welcome to the course!
In this video, you will meet educators Sara Calvo, Jeremy Wade and Andres Morales.
Is your social enterprise sustainable? Is it scalable? This course is a must for anyone who wants to understand strategies to scale and sustain a social enterprise. It will help you evaluate your model and develop a plan to take it to the next level.
Over the next three weeks, you will learn how to map your stakeholders, consider partnership opportunities, and manage change. You will also consider marketing and communications strategies and how to measure and fund your social impact. At the end of the course, you will be prepared to take your social enterprise to the next level.
Prove what you’ve learned with a certificate
If you want a record of your course, you can upgrade your course for a Certificate of Achievement when you are eligible. The Certificate will also count towards the FutureLearn Award for the Social Enterprise Program.
The Certificate of Achievement is a great way to prove what you have learned on the course and is evidence of your Continuing Professional Development. This is a personalised certificate and transcript, detailing the syllabus and learning outcomes from the course. It comes as a printed certificate as well as a digital version which you can add to your LinkedIn profile. To qualify, you must have marked at least 90% of the steps in the course complete and achieve 70% across all tests.
Upgrading will also give you access to tests and unlimited access to the course. You can go at your own pace and return to the material whenever you like, with access to the course for as long as it exists on FutureLearn.