Social Entrepreneurship Course

The Social Entrepreneurship course provides CSM students an opportunity to partner with local social impact organizations. Our goal is to train students in collaborative teamwork, problem-solving, critical thinking, and communication skills while addressing challenges at the intersection of business, the environment and society. Through the course, students will also build marketable business skills by applying what they learn in the classroom with hands-on learning.

We are seeking committed social impact organizations that can partner with us. We will choose projects that cover a diverse combination of clients (e.g. industry, government agency, non-profit, social venture), size, and functional areas. Our priority is providing engagements where students will utilize existing skill sets and also create the opportunity to develop new marketable business skills while working with innovative clients.

If you are interested in having a CSM team work with you on a project, please complete the application below:

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Are you interested in being a guest speaker?

CSM is looking to recruit guest speakers for some of our in classroom activities. This is an opportunity to help us educate and raise awareness about issues which relate to social entrepreneurship in our local community. We are looking for professionals to present on subjects related to their organizations and to their life experience as it relates to social entrepreneurship.

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Students: Are you interested in enrolling in the Social Entrepreneurship Course?

In the Social Entrepreneurship Course, students will work with social impact organizations on real-world problems and gain experience in working with entrepreneurial firms to help solve social and environmental challenges. Skills learned include collaborative teamwork, problem-solving, critical thinking, and communication.

The course will be structured around four elements that will be interwoven throughout:

  1. The field of social entrepreneurship
  2. The situations, resources and business structures used by social entrepreneurs
  3. The mechanics, tensions, and realities of starting and/or managing a social enterprise
  4. The emergence of “social intrapreneurism’ and the potential for scaling social and environmental solutions profitably throughout the business sector

When looking at a social venture or discussing a social entrepreneur we’ll examine the following:

  1. Sustainability – How are social entrepreneurs funding their enterprises? How is the enterprise sustaining itself financially? If inside another corporation, how is it managed?
  2. Impact and Performance – What is the impact of the enterprise? Which tools are available to measure the impact and effectiveness of social enterprises?
  3. Innovation-Social entrepreneurs are innovators who create change. How do they create and spread this innovation and change?
  4. Leadership--What are the characteristics of social entrepreneurs’ leadership?

Course Objectives:

At the end of the course, students can expect to have:

  • Acquired an understanding of the fields of social entrepreneurship and social “intrapreneurism”
  • Met leading social entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs who are using business skills to address complex social and environmental problems in sustainable, profitable ways
  • Developed a basic business plan and investment ‘pitch’ for scaling an existing social venture