take one of our experiential courses in social entrepreneurship
A comprehensive list of classes that can be counted for minor credit can be accessed here.
Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship (LPPS 3050): Social entrepreneurship is an approach to creating system-level change through the application of entrepreneurial thinking to social ventures, non-profit organizations, government institutions, and NGOs to create economic, environmental, and social value for multiple stakeholders. In this course you will be introduced to a range of entrepreneurial approaches aimed at solving social problems - from the non-profit to the for-profit.
Startup: An Introduction to Entrepreneurship (ENTP 1010): The Startup class is a fourteen-week course-plus-simulation designed to provide students with not only the basic tools and vocabulary of new ventures, but also a sense of what it feels like to start, fund, and manage such a venture. The course, by way of in-class case discussions, mentored group work, and startup simulations introduces students to a broad range of issues faced by founders and funders of both for-profit and non-profit ventures.
Social Innovation in Emerging Markets: India and Southeast Asia (LPPS 3290): This is an introductory course, aimed at exposing students to modern Indian and South Asian society, culture, business and policy through a variety of materials. The course may be particularly important due to the rising stature and importance of India and more generally, South Asia, in the global economy.
Innovation and Social Impact (LPPS 3410): This course introduces students to the strategies and processes required in the contemporary economy to leverage innovation in order to maintain overall competitiveness and make a difference. Students will examine several firms, and individuals who have catalyzed positive social change through different organizational platforms in the market, in government, within the nonprofit sector, and increasingly in the space between these three sectors.
Measuring Social Impact (LPPS 3559): This course explores a crucial question for any social enterprise: how do you measure whether what you're doing actually moves the needle on your chosen social problem? Students will learn how to pilot new programs and measure their impact on target outcomes. Case studies will emphasize the practical challenges that entrepreneurs face in taking social science out of the lab and into the field. The course has no formal prerequisites. Some prior exposure to statistics will be helpful.
Open Source for the Common Good (LPPS 4720): Open source technology plays a major role in society and embodies a different culture with different tradeoffs and societal impacts. Open source is highly innovative and holds considerable promise for addressing most of the critical problems facing society such as sustainability, inequality, the cost of technology, and open access to knowledge. We will study the role of open source through numerous case studies and discussions.
Impact Investing (LPPS 4730): 'Impact Investing' is the proactive deployment of financial resources to organizations for a positive return on investment and an additional, intentional social impact beyond financial returns. Impact Investing explores how funders (grant funders, investors, and policymakers) deploy capital to support social entrepreneurs. This course provides an introductory understanding of utilizing finance as a tool for solving social problems worldwide.
Experiential Social Entrepreneurship (LPPS 4735): This experiential learning course applies basic principles of social entrepreneurship to real-world problems that social entrepreneurs are facing. Students will work in teams on challenges proposed by a set of local and international social entrepreneurs. This is a design-thinking-centric course for students interested in investigating how our world is adapting to solve the greatest social and environmental challenges of this century.