"In a shifting landscape of reduced funding and emerging needs, the Social Innovation program equips students for solution generation. Participating in the Social Enterprise course offered invaluable experiential learning."
—Lindsay Allen, MSW '12
Social enterprises typically refer to business or market-driven strategies that have been designed to achieve a social purpose. Some social enterprises are set up as for-profit organizations, with the profits being reinvested in a non-profit program or initiative. Others sell products and services to maintain the effort. The enterprise might be designed as an economic development project or as a job training program so that the enterprise itself is the social purpose.
Under faculty leadership, graduate student teams will work with an organization interested in developing a social enterprise. Following four months of collaborative work, the students will prepare a business plan for the proposed enterprise(s).