Social Entrepreneurship Specialization
Become a Social Entrepreneur. Turn social problems into opportunities and establish a viable social enterprise to initiate change.
About this Specialization
Applied Learning Project
Entrepreneurship is not about a single genius doing magic, but about a group of people who combine forces, take action and initiate change. Throughout the 3 courses learners will be encouraged to work in teams and form a social venture. They are asked to reach out to people who share similar thoughts and concerns about a particular topic to eventually form a team. This team will focus on a very specific issue and do research to examine the source of the problem. Results will be used to identify an opportunity to address this problem. Gradually a business model will be developed. Learners will choose an organizational form, devise an appropriate financial structure and start to create a business plan. Measuring social impact and selecting the right strategy to scale will define success. Whether a team sticks to the very same members and project throughout all 3 courses will depend on the individual learners. Changing topics or switching teams is possible anytime.
No prior experience required.
No prior experience required.
Copenhagen Business School
Centrally located in Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, Copenhagen Business School (CBS) is one of the largest business schools in Europe with close to 23,000 students. CBS offers world-class research-based degree programs at undergraduate, graduate, and PhD levels as well as executive and other post experience programs.
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Is financial aid available?
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Can I take the course for free?
When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free. If you cannot afford the fee, you can apply for financial aid.
Is this course really 100% online? Do I need to attend any classes in person?
This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.
Will I earn university credit for completing the Specialization?
This Specialization doesn't carry university credit, but some universities may choose to accept Specialization Certificates for credit. Check with your institution to learn more.
How long does it take to complete the Specialization?
The Specialization is composed of 3 courses and each course takes about 5 weeks to complete. Hence about 18 weeks are needed to finish the whole Specialization, if you want to take all courses in a row. However each course starts every 6 weeks, so you can freely choose when to take a course.
What background knowledge is necessary?
You do not need any specific background knowledge. The only thing you need is special interest, extraordinary passion and an enthusiastic motivation to start a social venture.
Do I need to take the courses in a specific order?
Yes, the courses are structured by chronological order. Each course builds on the acquired knowledge form the previous learning outcomes. If you have a certain experience in the field of entrepreneurship and/or social enterprises you might be able to step in course 2 or 3 right away. However, there is highly valuable feedback and advice from experts, researchers and practitioners in all courses that you should not miss out.
What will I be able to do upon completing the Specialization?
You will be either a founding member of a social entrepreneurship startup venture or ready to work as an employee of an existing social venture. You can also choose to become a board member or mentor for social entrepreneurship in your community or start interacting with Social Entrepreneurship in the public sector.
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