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Social Enterprise: Growing a Sustainable Business

Learn how to grow a sustainable social enterprise in this free online course from Middlesex University Business School.

What’s the difference between a free course and an upgraded course?

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 access to course tests
  • 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)
  • Access to course tests
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Social Enterprise: Growing a Sustainable Business

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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?

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.

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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...

What topics will you cover?

  • Identifying challenges
  • Evaluation and Diagnosis
  • Strategies for Sustainability
  • Marketing strategies
  • Storytelling strategies
  • Funding and Investment
  • Measuring social impact

When would you like to start?

  • Available now
  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

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

  • Assess the financial and marketing considerations for growth
  • Evaluate the different growing and scaling up strategies for social enterprises
  • Evaluate the challenges of a social enterprise
  • Demonstrate how to achieve social impact at scale

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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What’s the difference between a free course and an upgraded course?

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 access to course tests
  • 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)
  • Access to course tests
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

Find out more

Get extra benefits, upgrade this course. For $69 (+ shipping) you'll get:

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

If you’re taking a course for free you have access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join. If you upgrade the course you have access for as long as the course exists on FutureLearn.

Access to tests

When you upgrade you’ll have access to any tests during the course.

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  • Validate your learning
  • Ensure you have mastered the material
  • Qualify for a certificate

To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to take any tests and score over 70%. You don’t get access to tests if you choose to take a course for free.

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, and score over 70% on any course tests.

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Course highlights Get a taste of this course before you join:

  • Bank of challenges
    Bank of challenges
    video

    Social entrepreneurs share challenges that they've faced at different stages of their business.

  • Partnership opportunities
    Partnership opportunities
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    Social enterprises like Circo Para Todos and the Brixton Pound share the ways that partnerships have enabled them to sustain and enhance their work.

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    Q&A: Evaluating your social enterprise
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    An interview with Servane Mouazan about the importance of monitoring and evaluating your social enterprise