Learn how to build a social startup & change the world. As an organization focusing on bringing lasting positive social change in the society, through this program VentureVillage aims to equip and educate the next generation of social entrepreneurs. This is an unique and groundbreaking course focusing on Social Entrepreneurship.
Instructors: Unnikrishnan S Kurup, VentureVillage
☛ 4.5 Hours of on-demand video lessons
☛ Minimum of 50 hours of time commitment over 4 to 6 weeks
☛ 10+ Assignments that help transform your product idea into an MVP
☛ Live interactive session with instructor every month
☛ 24/7 Access to a community forum to learn from peers
Automated Business Plan Wizard
Business Model Canvas Builder
Problem Statement Validator
⚡ First-time entrepreneurs who want to start a social enterprise
⚡ Existing social entrepreneurs looking to scale their business
⚡ Any one wanting to make a career shift into the social impact space
15+ years’ experience as an engineer and an entrepreneur
Founder of 3 startup companies in different domains
Masters in Education Entrepreneurship from Oulu University of Applied Sciences, Finland
"Build Your Own Social Start-up" is a course that is designed to support you through the various stages of your startup journey.
This course will help you from the ideation stage to the development of your minimum viable product and finally to the setting up and scaling of your company.
In this course, you will come across a good mix of video lessons as well as activities and assignments that participants have to complete before proceeding to the next section. These activities include listing out potential problems you could work on using a problem statement canvas, creating an avatar of your ideal client, creating a questionnaire for your target audience etc. Most importantly, this course will help you write a fully developed business plan using the automated business plan development wizard.
You will find that this course covers many potential doubts that you could have like the compliance measures you need to follow while setting up your company, the options that you have for financing your startup and even factors you need to consider while putting together your team.
All things considered, this course will be the most comprehensive and structured experience that you can depend on as you look to create positive social change in society.
A social enterprise or social business is defined as a business that has specific social objectives and goals that serve its primary purpose. Social enterprises seek to maximize benefits to society and the environment while making profit.
NGOs and Non-for-profits acquire money through fundraising efforts whereas social enterprises operate like a for-profit business by selling a product or service to the public and acquiring funds through sales. Also, Non-profits operate with an almost absolute social ROI, putting almost all revenue towards its mission statement. Social enterprises have traditionally operated on a blended ROI, which is a mix of social and financial ROI.
As social enterprises focus on creating positive social impact in the community, there are many governments as well as impact oriented funds available to explore. On top of these if your social enterprise provides any of UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, there are many UN affiliated funding options as well.
Social enterprises operate in many sections of the economy. There are social enterprises in banking and finance, media, creative industries, business services, agriculture, tourism, fashion, education, entertainment, energy, heritage, housing, sports and more. Pretty much any business could be a social enterprise.
Social startups are not always small businesses. There are many, many examples of large social enterprise businesses. Examples include large healthcare providers, micro financing banks, big leisure trusts and universities. These are many large businesses with thousands of employees that have chosen social enterprise as their business model.
Every country regardless of its relative wealth, especially a developing country like India, has challenges that need to be solved on a social or environmental level. There are global social ventures that tackle some of the world's biggest challenges, however, most of them started with a local community in mind.
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