Online Entrepreneurship Course:

Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Social Change

6-Week Professional Development Online Course

Start Date: May 31, 2022

If you’re in the social innovation space, this 6-week online entrepreneurship course will inspire you, help you understand the challenges of the start-up process, and offer the space, structure, and support for you to flush out your idea.

It’s perfect for impact-oriented entrepreneurs, from social enterprise to the non-profit space or even an intrapreneurship venture within an existing organization.

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Social-impact initiatives are rising, upholding powerful missions while maintaining financial sustainability. Get in on the action! Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Social Change will attempt to break down that perception for participants to see the social sector as a place of opportunity, both to ‘do good’ but also to innovate and build a sound business model.

The course inspires and connects participants, offering space and structure for participants to begin developing their business plan for a socially beneficial venture and think about the complexities of growing and managing it.

Who should take this online course?

This online entrepreneurship course is designed for, but not restricted to:

  • Anyone who needs one-on-one guidance to write a business plan, start a project, or set off in a new professional direction

  • Anyone looking to add a social impact project to their current work or organization

  • Anyone going through a significant change in life or considering a new career

Flexible schedule and compelling content

With an average of 4-8 hours of work per week, this online course is made for your busy schedule: It includes videos, live webinars, articles, and forums for discussions.

  • Week 1: Understanding the Landscape: Who are Social Entrepreneurs?
  • Week 2: Mission, Vision, and Legal Status
  • Week 3: Developing a Business Plan: Clarifying Strategy and Structure
  • Week 4: Measuring Impact and Evaluation
  • Week 5: Scaling your Social Enterprise
  • Week 6: Sustaining Positive Change: Leading the Social Enterprise
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PAST PARTICIPANTS SAY:

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

Aldo Pham, Social Entrepreneur | Freelance advisor, Vietnam

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. An excellent course for change-makers.

Claire Psillides, Head of Environmental Sustainability at UWC South East Asia, United Kingdom/ Singapore

I love how UPEACE taught us to analyze our business plan, starting with why and then coming up with the solutions. It helps ease and clarify our ideas that we can structurally into a business plan. Usually, when coming up with a 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

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. Education goes beyond entrepreneurship – it gets to the heart of our global values, frames out all the academic complexities we wrap around basic human needs, and gently points out the lack of equal access to crucial resources while encouraging us to keep working on it!

-Anonymous

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Abhinav Khanal is the Co-Founder & Executive Director of Bean Voyage. This non-profit social enterprise 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 worldwide. 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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Alonso Muñoz is an instructor in the Department of Environment and Development at the University for Peace (Costa Rica). He also coordinates the Programme in Responsible Management and Sustainable Economic Development (RMSED). He holds a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Costa Rica and an M.Sc. in Business Administration. He has worked in the private sector as a consultant and entrepreneur. He has volunteered on various national and international projects regarding peace education, migration, environmental impacts of systems, and Social Enterprises. He is a novelist, a blogger, a peace advocate, an entrepreneur, and passionate about social and ecological development.

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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 practices in voluntourism and tutored a variety of undergraduate tourism programs.

Eliza was a finalist for the 2019 New Zealand Women of Influence Awards and 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.

Shelley Bragg

Shelley Bragg is the co-founder and Director of the Development of GOOD Travel, a New Zealand social enterprise focused on transforming the tourism industry into a force for GOOD. For over a decade, Shelley also worked for international schools in China and Thailand as Director of Marketing and Communications and currently consults with schools in various countries. She has also been involved in multiple non-profit organizations and social enterprises, supporting fundraising, events, and communications. She is the Asia Tour Manager for the Kliptown Youth Program in Johannesburg, South Africa, and she has also served on the Board of Directors for the South African Thai Chamber of Commerce. She has her Honours in Development Studies and a B.A. in Language and Literature, both from the University of South Africa. She is based in Cape Town, South Africa but is often in the U.S.

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 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 May 31, 2022. This course runs two to three times a year, so if this isn’t a suitable date for you, ask us about future offerings at centre@upeace.org.

$895 tuition rate. Upon completion, a certificate is awarded 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.

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

Course Design: The course was created by Mohit Mukherjee, Founding Director of the UPEACE Centre for Executive Education. Mr. Mukherjee has lived and worked on three continents (ten countries), holding leadership roles in the private sector, nonprofit organizations, and universities. He is the Director of UPEACE’s Centre for Executive Education, 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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