Social Entrepreneurship: Online course by the University of Penn

Social Entrepreneurship: Online course


Social entrepreneurs and social innovators are tackling and diminishing many of the world's problems. They achieve significant positive social impact through the creative and aggressive mobilization of people and other resources.

About the course

This course will cover a select set of topics associated with social innovation and entrepreneurship whether nonprofit or for-profit. Students will be able to choose their level of engagement by selecting either the open track, or the signature track. Students in the open track will master a set of strategy and planning tools essential for social innovation success. Students in the signature track will work throughout the term on a plan for an organization that they wish to create and will receive feedback from the course team.

Course Syllabus

Week 1: What is Social Entrepreneurship? What is Social Innovation?

Week 2: Solution Design

Week 3: Competitive Analysis and Concept Testing

Week 4: Performance Measurement

Week 5: Organization Form and Pilot

Week 6: Establishing Checkpoints, Building for Scale, and Pitching


No prior experience required.

Course Sessions

September 8, 2014 - October 24, 2014

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