Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Social Change

6-Week Online Course

Start Date: February 9, 2021
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The worlds of ‘working for the betterment of society’ and ‘private enterprise’ are often seen as incompatible. Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Social Change is an online course that will attempt to break-down that perception in order for participants to see the social sector as a place of opportunity, both to ‘do good’ but also to innovate and build a financially sustainable social enterprise.

The course hopes to inspire participants, help gain an understanding of the challenges of the start-up process, offer space and structure for participants to begin developing their own business plan for a socially beneficial venture, and think about the complexities of growing and managing it.


I learn a lot of useful material via this online course. It spurs me to become a real change maker with the full of understandable knowledge and an appropriate guidance. Besides, the teacher is enthusiastic and willingness to answer all my inquiries. I easily utilize them in my social enterprise in Vietnam. Indeed, this course is suitable for anyone who wants to pursue social entrepreneurship and impact thoroughly to community.

Aldo Pham – Vietnam Uconn/Brown Program 2019

This is a fascinating course that blends practical tools with higher level reflective thinking. The resources are engaging and the assignments link together very well to guide you through the process of designing a social enterprise. A great course for change makers. Feb 2019

Claire Psillides – England/Singapore 2019

I really love how UPEACE taught us to analyse our business plan starting with why and then come up with the solutions. It helps easing and clarifying our ideas that we can put into business plan structurally. Normally, when coming up with business plan, I would start with what I want to do instead of what I want to solve. This made me fail to address the real problems and eventually find the dead-end of my projects.

Wantida Arunwattana – Uconn/Brown Program 2019

I would say it would be of maximum use to someone who has an active business idea they are looking to launch or fund, but truly anyone would benefit from it. The education goes beyond entrepreneurship – it really gets to the heart of our global values, frames out all the academic complexities we wrap around basic human needs, gently points out the lack of equal access to key resources, while encouraging us to keep working on it!

-Anonymous – 2020

The course is an online course, including: videos, webinars, lectures, articles and forums for discussions.

Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions section for more information.

EISC will cover the following topic areas:

  • Understanding the Landscape: Who are Social Entrepreneurs?
  • Nonprofit or For-profit?
  • Developing a Business Plan: Clarifying Strategy and Structure.
  • Measuring Impact and Execution.
  • Managing Growth and Change (Scaling up).
  • Sustaining Positive Change.

By the end of this course, you will have:

  • Developed a ‘social enterprise business plan’ for creating a new organization (or for creating a new project within an existing organization).
  • Reflected on your strengths, passions, and how to channel those into an endeavor that is also financially viable.
  • Examined the challenges and rewards of entrepreneurship in creating and growing organizations which deliver social goods and services.
  • Built the knowledge, skills, and perspectives necessary for responding creatively and successfully to the challenges.

This is a 6-week online course starting February 9, 2021.

$895 tuition rate. A certificate is awarded upon completion by the Centre for Executive Education at the University for Peace, established by the General Assembly of the United Nations.
Enroll with someone else and each will receive a 10% discount.

A limited number of partial scholarships are available. Write us at centre@upeace.org and let us know why you are perfect candidate for one. 

Have a question? Contact us at centre@upeace.org , or visit our Frequently Asked Questions section.

Course Facilitators

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Eliza Raymond is the co-founder and director of operations at GOOD Travel. This New Zealand-based social enterprise is working globally to transform the tourism industry into a force for GOOD. Eliza holds a Master of Tourism from the University of Otago in New Zealand where she researched good practice in voluntourism and tutored a variety of undergraduate tourism programs.

Eliza was a finalist for the 2019 New Zealand Women of Influence Awards as well as the winner of the travel category for the 2019 New Zealand Good People Awards. In addition to her work at GOOD Travel, she has worked on international development projects and social change initiatives in Peru, Kiribati, Tuvalu, Papua New Guinea, Guatemala, Chile, Nepal, South Africa and Kenya.


Abhinav Khanal co-facilitates the Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Social Change course. Abhinav is the Co-Founder & Executive Director of Bean Voyage, a non-profit social enterprise that provides training and market access to smallholder women coffee producers in Costa Rica and Nepal. He is also the Co-Founder & Chief Thought Officer at Little Big Fund, which provides knowledge, networks, and micro-grants to early-stage non-profit leaders around the world. He is a Cordes Fellow, Resolution Fellow, Trust Scholar, Watson Scholar, and a One Young World Ambassador. Abhinav has a B.A in Political Science from Earlham College.

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Caitie Goddard is the Co-Founder of GOOD Travel and also works at the intersection of science, technology, and innovation for global development at The Global Knowledge Initiative. She has a BA in Business Administration from the University of Detroit-Mercy and a Master in Public Policy from the University of Michigan.

Caitie previously worked with the GVN Foundation as their International Programs Coordinator and cofounded the IC3 Academy and Global Youth Ambassador Program. Caitie currently lives in Washington D.C., United States and has worked in Spain, Uganda, New Zealand and India.

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Olivia Ferris is an interdisciplinary professional with 10 years experience, mainly in consulting. In academics, she conducted consultancies for INCAE Business School related to BCorporations and the Social Progress Index as well as co-facilitated an entrepreneurship course for first year MBA students. In the tourism, she drafted the business plan for a sustainable trekking program.

She has also started new departments in two different companies, including an operations department for a sustainable construction firm and a corporate social responsibility division of a multinational company. Presently, she is leading a feasibility study for a private capital firm and co-organizing a tourism project. Olivia holds a Bsc. from the University of British Columbia Canada and an MBA from INCAE Business School.

Course Design: The course was created by Mohit Mukherjee, Founding Director of the UPEACE Centre for Executive Education. Mr. Mukherjee has lived and worked in three continents (ten countries) holding leadership roles in the private sector, in nonprofit organizations, and universities. He is the Director of UPEACE’s Centre for Executive Education, which he founded in 2006. In this role he has led over 40 seminars in seven countries on themes ranging from ‘Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Social Change’ to ‘Beyond Traditional Leadership’

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