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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.

Social Enterprise: Growing a Sustainable Business

Why join the course?

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.

Continue learning with the Social Enterprise program

This course is one of three in the Social Enterprise program prepared by Middlesex University Business School, the Jindal Centre for Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship and Living in Minca.

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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?

  • 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

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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  • Access to this course for 5 weeks
  • Includes any articles, videos, peer reviews and quizzes

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  • Unlimited access to this course
  • Includes any articles, videos, peer reviews and quizzes
  • Tests to validate your learning
  • Certificate of Achievement to prove your success when you're eligible

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

  • Bank of challenges
    Bank of challenges

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

  • Partnership opportunities
    Partnership opportunities

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

  • Woman laughing
    Q&A: Evaluating your social enterprise

    An interview with Servane Mouazan about the importance of monitoring and evaluating your social enterprise