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Global Social Entrepreneurship


Create innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing problems

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About This Social Entrepreneurship Course

One simple idea can lead to sustainable jobs, innovative technologies, and lasting institutions. Learn how to launch your own social venture in this social entrepreneurship course from Jessica Jackley, co-founder of Kiva, the world’s first person-to-person microlending website.

This free online course will teach you how to apply the principles of entrepreneurship to create solutions for the world’s most pressing problems. You will learn how to design a solution, create a mission-driven organization, and select the best structure for your venture: nonprofit, for-profit, or hybrid. You will also get advice from successful social entrepreneurs, such as Nobel Laureate, Muhammad Yunus, Embrace Co-Founder, Jane Chen, and Kreyol Essence founder and CEO, Yve-Car Momperousse.

Course Topics

  • Module 1: Designing Your Venture
    Identify the problem you want to solve
  • Module 2: Mission, Values, and Vision
    Create mission, vision, and values statements that will guide your venture’s decisions
  • Module 3: Achieving Your Venture’s Goals
    Decide how your venture will achieve its goals
  • Module 4: Structuring Your Venture
    Choose the best legal structure for your venture
  • Module 5: Growing Your Venture & Measuring Its Impact
    Measure your venture’s financial health and social impact

Who Should Take This Social Entrepreneurship Course?

This social entrepreneurship course was designed specifically for those thinking of starting a social venture (either for-profit or nonprofit) or who are in the early stages of getting their venture started. If you are working at an existing social venture you may still find this course useful, however. No previous experience or coursework is required.

To complete this social entrepreneurship training, you will need a device that allows you to listen to audio, access course materials, and upload your assignments.


The University is a non-degree, diploma or credit-granting initiative. Philanthropy U, Inc. is the concept developer and sponsor of the initiative. Learners are not entitled to earn college or other academic credit.

Learners are eligible to receive a Certificate of Achievement for this course through the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley Haas). Berkeley Haas is known for its role in defining a new generation of business leaders with a focus on social impact. Ranked #2 among all business school nonprofit programs in the United States (US News & World Report, 2017), Berkeley Haas inspires and empowers innovative solutions to pressing social and environmental challenges through the work of the Institute for Business and Social Impact (IBSI) and the Center for Social Sector Leadership (CSSL).

To earn a Certificate of Achievement for this social entrepreneurship online course, you need to earn more than 50% of possible points on quizzes and assignments to obtain a passing grade. Quizzes are worth 15% of your total score, while assignments are worth 85%.

Discover how dedicated individuals, like Fadera Williams, have used Philanthropy University’s free, online global social entrepreneurship course to make an impact in their community. Read Fadera’s learner story!


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