Social Entrepreneurship 101: Discovering Your Passion and Path to Change the World

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Course Description:

Ever dream of changing the world or making a difference? You are invited to roll up your sleeves and join a group of entrepreneurs on a journey to change lives by changing systems. In this 4 week course from +Acumen, you'll learn to apply entrepreneurial skills to social problems and design lasting solutions. Built from Acumen's years of experience investing in social entrepreneurs, this course will also featuring firsthand stories and advice from 4 inspiring founders: Charles Best of DonorsChoose.org, Thulsiraj Ravilla of Aravind Eyecare, Leila Janah of Sama Group, and JB Schramm of College Summit.

Designed for anyone approaching social entrepreneurship for the first time, this interactive learning experience will give you an overview of the sector. It will help you explore pathways for initial engagement with social enterprises and uncover your relevant passions and skills.

By the end of this course, you'll have found a concrete way to contribute to a social enterprise OR you'll be engaged in early stage ideation for your own venture. Specifically, you'll begin to identify a problem you care about, understand the considerations needed for impact and financial sustainability, and learn about how various social entrepreneurs have thought about scale. Sign up to get started!

Key Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the concept of social entrepreneurship and be inspired to find new ways to tackle the world's greatest challenges
  • Appreciate that social entrepreneurship is a mindset to tackle problems across different sectors (public, private, non-profit)
  • Discover a pathway for how you can make change whether this is founding an enterprise, serving on a board, or supporting social entrepreneurs in other creative ways

More questions?

Please visit our +Acumen Page for more information. We invite participants to form groups to work together on this course. If you'd like to form a group with others, please send this link to your friends or colleagues to ask them to sign up!

If you have any questions, please contact us at courses@plusacumen.org

This Course Is For You If:

  • You want to figure out ways to get involved in social entrepreneurship
  • You're looking for ideas to add more meaning to your life and career
  • You have a burning desire to do good in ways that are smart and effective
  • You're eager to lend your skills and talents to solve a social problems
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Acumen

Acumen is changing the way the world tackles poverty by investing in companies, leaders and ideas. We invest patient capital in businesses whose products and services are enabling the poor to transform their lives. Founded by Jacqueline Novogratz in 2001, Acumen has invested more than $86 million in 77 companies across Africa, Latin America and South Asia. We are also developing a global community of emerging leaders with the knowledge, skills and determination to create a more inclusive world. In 2015, Acumen was named one of Fast Company's Top 10 Most Innovative Not-for-Profit Companies. Learn more at www.acumen.org and on Twitter @acumen.

+Acumen is a global learning community for social change makers. Be an effective force for change with Acumen's free online courses and chapters. Learn more at http://plusacumen.org/and on Twitter@plusacumen.

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