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  • Introduction to Social Enterprise and Entrepreneurship


  • Description

    A social enterprise is an organisation that applies commercial strategies to maximize improvements in human and environmental well-being, rather than maximizing profits for external shareholders. Social enterprises can be structured as a for-profit or non- profit, and may take the form of a co-operative, mutual organisation, a social business, or a charity organisation. Social enterprises are businesses whose primary purpose is the common good. They use the methods and disciplines of business and the power of the marketplace to advance their social, environmental and human justice agenda.

    Social entrepreneurship involves using the skills and strategies of business to innovatively and sustainably solve social, environmental, and economic problems. The ventures created by social entrepreneurs can be for-profit, non-profit, or an innovative hybrid of the two.Social entrepreneurs are working to create positive social change, fostering economic and social equality, and ensuring human rights in our local community and across the world. This involves a commitment to sustainability by decreasing their waste/environmental impact and enhancing the quality of life in their community – while providing an outstanding product or service to their customers.

    The purpose of this course is to provide students with an introduction to the major opportunities and challenges facing social entrepreneurs and their ventures. Social entrepreneurship's rapid emergence over the past decade has coincided with the rise of information technology that has given individuals more power now than at any point in history. The social entrepreneurs question is simple: “How can we use that power to make a positive, lasting contribution to the society?”

    This course is designed to teach students how to apply fundamental skills in organisations that seek to create social value. It will also expose students to theory regarding entrepreneurship, models of social change, definitions of social enterprise and social entrepreneurship, management skills required for social enterprise organisations, scaling of social impact, and impact measurement for social mission organisations.

    Who is the programme for?

    Individuals in: · Public offices, · Private sector and · Non-government institutions.

    Key Facts

    Type: Regular

    Starting Date: February to October Classes: Week Days (Monday - Thursday) Weekend (Friday - Sunday)

    Duration: Three Months Subject Area: Social Enterprise and Entrepreneurship

    Fees: From N145, 000

    Application Status: Applications being accepted

    Course code: ISE 601

    Course Registration & Package: N10, 000.00 Opportunity for one-on-one IT enhancement programme

    Course contact: If you have any questions about this course, please email: programmes or call: 070 5652 8000, 01 4537833, 01 4537834

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    Social entrepreneurs are gaining international attention motivated by the desire for change and to see the world as it can be, not as it is. Students in this course will understand the concept of social enterprise as a dynamic and inspiring way of doing business; social enterprises are innovative, independent businesses that exist to deliver a specific social and/or environmental mission. Students will also learn how social entrepreneurs have developed creative solutions to address social problems. The intention of the course is to develop knowledge, appreciate the role of social entrepreneurs that create social change, deepen students understanding of the world around them, and to inspire them to use their skills and knowledge to effect the change they wish to see in the world. Students in this course will gain knowledge about social entrepreneurs and how they are creating solutions to address societal problems, and empower you to see social entrepreneurship as a force for social change. The course is designed for you if you want to gain valuable tools to prepare you to make an impact on the lives of others.

    This course will expose students to innovative solutions to social problems. Using the "case study method", students will examine the challenges of structuring, launching, funding, and counseling social ventures through the eyes of the entrepreneur, investor, attorney and community leader.

    The programme fee covers tuition, books, and case materials.

  • Programme focus

    Course aims

    · Summar ize key pr inc ip les o f soc ia l enterprise and entrepreneurship · Identify the challenges and opportunities of social entrepreneurship · Use evidence to analyze, evaluate, and exp lo i t a soc ia l oppor tun i t y fo r an entrepreneurial venture · Be exposed to the concept of social entrepreneurship and social enterprises and how social entrepreneurs are transforming the society to deliver social impact in their home communities and abroad. · Understand the role of measuring impact a n d how to quantify the social impact for investors, donors, and beneficiaries to help ensure that s c a r c e r e s o u r c e s a r e u t i l i z e d appropriately. Be aware of how they might apply social entrepreneurship skil ls in their future pursuits to address social problems

    Key Benefits

    · Launch social entrepreneurship projects w h i c h have high-potential of significant positive social impact · Direct energy and limited resources to efficiently launch those projects with the most promise · Apply tools and frameworks to testing and scaling your own social enterprise · Opportunity to meet with several social entrepreneurs, learn about specific social issues, and volunteer as consultants with local nonprofit organisations and community agencies. · To become familiar with the relatively r e c e n t d e v e l o p m e n t s t h a t m a k e s o c i a l entrepreneurship possible · To understand the characteristics of social entrepreneurship that position it as a powerful force for solving society's problems

    Understand the concept of social enterprise and entrepreneurship · Application of fundamental skills in organisations that seek to create social value · Describe how social entrepreneurship lies at the intersection of the fields of entrepreneurship and social change · Evaluate how scholars and practitioners are defining the role and characteristics of the social entrepreneur · Identify and evaluate different theories of social entrepreneurship and the characteristics of social entrepreneurs · Evaluate the characteristics of social entrepreneurial organisations. · Discuss key issues regarding the management of a social entrepreneurial organisation. · Assess the importance of scale and sustainability for the social entrepreneurial organisation. · Describe a variety of approaches and methods for measuring the impact of social entrepreneurial organisations · Assess social entrepreneurial opportunities (through case studies)

  • Teaching Outcomes

    By the end of this course students will be expected to:

    · Understand the complexity of social change and the concept of social enterprise and entrepreneurship. · Appreciate the role of measurement to quantify social impact and how social entrepreneurs mobilize scarce resources to affect social change.

    By the end of this course students will be expected to have gained the following:

    · Knowledge and understanding of the mean ing o f soc i a l en te rp r i se and entrepreneurship, how its principles have been applied to address social problems, and what challenges are faced by those wishing to adopt social entrepreneurship methods. · Gain knowledge and understanding about social enterprise and entrepreneurship, c h a l l e n g e s f a c e d b y s o c i a l entrepreneurs and tearn the role of developing a sustainable business model that addresses a social problem. · Learn how social entrepreneurs have applied social entrepreneurship principles to address social problems, gain the ability to empower disadvantaged community members to create social change and develop your own skills to effect the change you wish to see in the world.

    Residential Details

    This programme is not a residential programme, that is, the students are expected to come from their various homes.


    Every Social Enterprise Academy programme is developed and taught by SEA faculty who are widely recognised as skilled educators, groundbreaking researchers, and award-winning authors. Through publishing, consulting, and teaching, SEA faculty leverage their business expertise and field-based research to develop enduring concepts that shape the practice of management. The result is a teaching team whose groundbreaking insights challenge participants' thinking and enable them to become superior social and business leaders.


    This course is accredited and to be awarded credit, you must complete written contributions satisfactorily. Successful students will receive credit, awarded by the Board of Studies of Social Enterprise Academy and International Affiliates. The award will take the form of Advanced Certificate. Exceptional students will be recognised.

    Assessment methods Assessment for this course is based on class participation and ass