3 Examples of Social Entrepreneurship Training

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1. Social Entrepreneurship Training and Consulting

Social Enterprise Ventures LLC provides social entrepreneurship training and consulting services. They specialize in helping nonprofits to diversify their revenue through their Expedition social enterprise training program. This program has seven modules that are delivered in classroom settings over a period of 6 to 9 months, and includes homework and consultation in between.

The goal of the training is to develop a business plan for earned income. Participating agencies will build a team of staff and volunteers who learn organizational focus, vision, mission, core values, stakeholder planning, and goal setting. They will focus on developing assets and opportunities including physical, technical, knowledge and relationship assets, brainstorming opportunities and a plan for objective evaluation.

They will also learn about venture market research by analyzing potential customers and competition, and develop financing and sales plans.

2. Social Entrepreneurship Training Program in the Philippines

Another social entrepreneurship training program in the Philippines is conducted through Ateneo de Manila University. In it’s seventh year, this program is designed to help professionals discover effective and sustainable ways of solving serious social problems in the Philippines.

Courses in the program run every Saturday from June 25 to October 15 at the Ateneo School of Government. They feature lectures, discussions and case studies that introduce the concept of social entrepreneurship as an innovative way of solving social problems.

The goal is for participants to develop new and innovative social enterprise business plans that will make a positive contribution to society. Mentoring sessions with social enterprise experts are another key aspect of this program. The program fee of P19,000 covers a book on social entrepreneurship, class materials and a certificate of completion.

3. Students Seek out Social Entrepreneurship Training

Students at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business were among the first to seek out social entrepreneurship training. According to Jerome Engel, who chairs the New Venture Creation at the school, interest has skyrocketed over the past ten years. It was all driven by students, who approached school faculty asking for courses on social entrepreneurship that didn’t exist ten years ago. Engel said that the school takes a theoretical approach to the subject.

Rather than offering “how-to’s”, they offer classes that are more about strategy and finding a worth purpose. They engage students by showing them how they can use the capitalist model in a powerful way to allocate resources toward solving social problems. They also focus on the most effective ways of measuring the impact of a social enterprise.