Education Programs

Social entrepreneurs are often known for winging it, flying by the seat of our pants, or any other euphemism for figuring things out as we go along. It’s part of how we make things happen. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t education and professionalism that go along with it. More and more programs are cropping up all the time that cater specifically to social entrepreneurs. Here’s just a sample of what’s currently being offered:
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1 School for Social Entrepreneurs – UK
The SSE runs practical learning programs aimed at helping develop the individual entrepreneur and their organization simultaneously. Each program combines specific elements designed to provide an intensive, complete package of support that meets the needs of social entrepreneurs. This person-centred approach has been independently proven to create sustainable, thriving organizations that provide significant, lasting social and economic impact.
2 Social Enterprise Initiative – Rotman School of Management, U of T
The mission of the initiative is three-fold: to generate and to disseminate learning about the nonprofit and social enterprise sectors through collaborative research, curriculum design and community engagement.
3 The DO School
The DO School offers a unique one-year educational program that enables talented young adults to launch their own social ventures. The program allows Fellows to learn from passionate peers, engage with current leaders and experts, and create change by implementing these social ventures in their home countries.
4 Global Social and Sustainable Enterprise MBA – Colorado State University
The GSSE MBA will equip you with the tools and network to become a global social entrepreneur, where the bottom lines are people, planet and profit. This sustainable MBA is in the business of creating a better world, improving the lives of people, while building profitable ventures.
5 Program on Social Enterprise (PSE) – Yale School of Managment
The Program on Social Enterprise (PSE) supports scholars, students, alumni, and practitioners interested in exploring the ways in which business skills and market disciplines can be harnessed to most effectively and efficiently achieve social objectives. PSE facilitates work on nonprofit and public sector social entrepreneurship as well as initiatives in private sector social enterprise.
6 Center for Nonprofit and Public Leadership – Haas School of Business, U of C Berkeley
Offers an array of hands-on fieldwork opportunities for students to grapple with the issues facing the nonprofit and public sectors. Students strengthen their skills while developing mission-critical projects for leading edge organizations. Includes the Social Sector Solutions Program.
7 Social Enterprise Program at Columbia Business School
The Program supports a broad range of activities that help Columbia Business School students embrace the breadth and depth of social enterprise. Students develop a perspective on how to apply business skills to social enterprise endeavors and align personal and professional values in careers that result in social benefits to a broader community. The curriculum explores social enterprise within four focus areas: Public and Nonprofit Management; International Development and Emerging Markets; Social Entrepreneurship; and Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability.
8 Executive Program in Social Entrepreneurship – Stanford Graduate School of Business – 
The Executive Program in Social Entrepreneurship is tailored to the needs and challenges facing successful social entrepreneurs. The curriculum is tailored to help participants take enterprises and innovative models to the next level by refining their innovations and leveraging their impact.
9 Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship – Duke University, Fuqua School of Business
CASE strives to help create an entrepreneurial, effective social sector that is led by individuals and organizations that embody the following core values: focus on impact, primacy of mission, private initiative, blurring of sector boundaries, innovation, and resourcefulness.
10 Social Enterprise Initiative – Harvard Business School
The Social Enterprise Initiative at HBS applies innovative business practices and managerial disciplines to drive sustained, high-impact social change. It’s grounded in the mission of Harvard Business School and aims to inspire, educate, and support leaders who make a difference in the world.
11 Berkley Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation – Stern School of Business, NYU
The Berkley Center provides assistance for ventures at all stages: concept/brainstorming, business planning, launch, execution and growth.
12 Skoll Center for Social Entrepreneurship – Said School of Business, Oxford University
The Skoll Centre is a leading global entity for the advancement of social entrepreneurship. It foster innovative social transformation through education, research, and collaboration.
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