Social Enterprise and Impact-driven Business
A 10-week online programme for professionals, entrepreneurs and business leaders who wish to engage in social entrepreneurship or conduct socially impactful initiatives as part of their business portfolio.
Upcoming programme dates to be confirmed.
The Social Enterprise and Impact-driven Business Programme combines the expertise of globally leading social innovation researchers and the experience of social entrepreneurs tackling social and environmental problems through commercial activity. Participants will gain a critical awareness of key issues and challenges facing social entrepreneurs in the UK and across the globe. They will also gain practical skills, enabling them to design and pitch a social enterprise to potential funders.
Benefits and career impact
Learn how to develop a Social Enterprise.
- Gain confidence to use the language of social entrepreneurship, to engage others in developing solutions to global as well as local social challenges.
- Understand how to write a business plan to pitch a social enterprise initiative within your company or to a potential funder.
- Learn how to incorporate and govern a social enterprise appropriately for its mission.
- Develop a network of peers to support your future social enterprise initiatives.
- Design a viable business model for a social enterprise.
- Develop an impact strategy for your social enterprise.
- Learn how to balance the commercial and financial bottom lines of your social enterprise.
Professor Neil Stott: “My name is Professor Neil Stott. I am the Academic Programme Director of the Social Enterprise and Impact-driven Business programme and Co-Director of the Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation.”
Nicole Helwig: “I’m Nicole Helwig, the Executive Director of the Centre, where I oversee Cambridge Social Ventures, including our social enterprise incubator. Over the past 10 years, Cambridge Social Ventures has supported over 1,000 social entrepreneurs and we’ve incubated over 250 social ventures, working in diverse fields, to create positive social and environmental impact.”
Neil: “This programme is informed by our experiences helping entrepreneurs who are committed to creating and growing a venture to address social challenges. If you have an idea for a social enterprise you wish to develop, or already launched and wish to grow your impact, this programme will equip you with the necessary tools to create sustainable and impactful social venture. This course is also for you if you are a charity or a social sector leader wishing to diversify your organisation’s income through trading activity, or a business leader wishing to engage in social entrepreneurship as part of your portfolio of offerings. We will help you devise a hybrid model, capable of balancing financial and social bottom lines.”
Nicole: “This programme is designed to help you navigate the many decisions and challenges involved in setting up and running a successful social enterprise. Throughout the course, we will hear from social entrepreneurs who will share their experiences, what they have learned from starting and running their social ventures, and the reasoning behind their key decisions. You will engage in self-paced, online learning and live webinars, which are structured to help you, step by step, to devise a social enterprise business plan. This includes creating a sound value proposition and effective business model and preparing a sound financial plan, along with a compelling impact strategy. You will gain the tools and skills needed to design and pitch a social enterprise plan and get started with your social venture.”
Neil: “This course is also designed to help you develop a network of like-minded individuals. At the end of the programme, you’ll have gained a critical awareness of key issues and challenges facing social entrepreneurs in the UK and across the globe, along with the practise skills to design a viable and socially impactful venture.”
Harness the expertise of globally leading social innovation researchers and the lived experience of social entrepreneurs to address social and environmental problems through commercial activity.
This programme is being delivered in collaboration with the
Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation.
The programme will be 10 weeks long, with 6-8 hours of work per week. The structure will be a blended format with 10 weeks of online, self-paced, flexible learning and 6 live webinars.
How you learn: Online
The Social Enterprise and Impact-driven Business programme runs over the course of 10 weeks, allowing you the greatest level of flexibility as to where and when you study. The learning is carefully structured in weekly components through a mix of curated videos, live webinars with Cambridge faculty plus Q&A sessions, assignments and discussions. Individual support is available through programme Leaders and a dedicated Programme Support Team.
- Founders of social enterprises, and the members of their board of advisors, who wish to develop their practices and understanding of the field.
- Leaders and employees of businesses or public sector organisations who wish to launch a social-impact initiative or subsidiary, or conduct social enterprise activity.
- Charity sector leaders who wish to diversify their income through trading.
- Experienced commercial entrepreneurs wish to pivot to solve pressing social, economic or environmental issues.
- Impact-driven individuals who wish to generate business ideas to address a specific issue or support a specific community through social enterprise.
- Learners who wish to balance full-time work with flexible, self-paced study.
Faculty and speakers
Learn from our world-class faculty who bring fresh insights from their leading-edge research into all of our Executive Education programmes. The Academic Programme Director (APD) for the Social Enterprise and Impact-driven Business programme is Professor Neil Stott.
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Speak to a programme advisor
If you have any questions or would like to discuss how this programme could benefit you or your organisation, please get in touch with the programme advisor.