Online Entrepreneurship Course:

Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Social Change

6-Week Professional Development Online Course

Start Date: September 21, 2021

If you’re in the social innovation space, this 6-week online entrepreneurship course will inspire you, help you gain an understanding of 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 on the rise, upholding powerful missions while maintaining financial sustainability. Get in on the action! Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Social Change 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 sound business model.

The course inspires and connects participants, offering 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.

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: 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 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, 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. A great course for change makers. Feb 2019

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

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

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

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Abhinav Khanal 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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Alonso Muñoz is an instructor in the Department of Environment and Development at the University for Peace (Costa Rica), where 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 a M.Sc. in Business Administration. He has worked in the private sector as a consultant and as an entrepreneur and 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 environmental 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 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.

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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.

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 September 21, 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 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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