University of Michigan
Becoming a Social Entrepreneur: Getting Started
University of Michigan

Becoming a Social Entrepreneur: Getting Started

Taught in English

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Gain insight into a topic and learn the fundamentals

Michael Gordon

Instructor: Michael Gordon


(77 reviews)

Beginner level
No prior experience required
17 hours to complete
3 weeks at 5 hours a week
Flexible schedule
Learn at your own pace

What you'll learn

  • Learn what a social entrepreneur is and isn't and whey (and only why) you should become one.

  • Hear social entrepreneurs from around the world describe what they wished they'd known when starting out-lessons learned and mistakes made.

  • Learn how to prepare yourself to become a social entrepreneur-skills, experience, emotional demands, commitment.

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There are 5 modules in this course

Welcome to the course! You'll receive an introduction to the course structure and tools you'll use throughout each week. You'll meet the social entrepreneurs who will be sharing their stories in this course, and begin to think about what it means to be a social entrepeneur.

What's included

8 videos8 readings1 quiz2 app items

In this week, you'll learn more about immersion and what it takes to be fully integrated into a problem and its context before you can begin to solve it. You'll also work on your own immersion plan.

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8 videos2 readings1 app item2 discussion prompts

In this week, you'll take a critical look at your own ideas and the ideas of others. What makes a good idea, and why is it worth pursuing?

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6 videos3 readings3 app items1 discussion prompt

This week, you'll reflect on the idea of 'necessity' and dive more deeply into your own ecosystem mapping. You'll also spend time hearing from the social entrepreneurs on their own personal challenges.

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16 videos4 readings1 discussion prompt

This week, you'll learn more about what your own needs and the support you will need moving forward with your idea.

What's included

16 videos5 readings1 quiz2 app items2 discussion prompts


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4.6 (23 ratings)
Michael Gordon
University of Michigan
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