ORG602: Social Entrepreneurship
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Social Entrepreneurship is the field of applying business entrepreneurship, start-up principles to social causes. The course centers around a final project where students will build their own social entrepreneurship "pitch deck" presentation to use to persuade potential supporters of their initiative. This course will apply many of the best practices of startups used by Silicon Valley to the social sector including: Lean Startup principles and the Business Model Canvas.
After completing this course, you will be able to:
- Define the field of social entrepreneurship and key traits of social entrepreneurs.
- Describe and apply the theories from the Lean Startup needed to rapidly adapt to uncertain environments facing social entrepreneurs.
- Interview customers and stakeholders to assess product-market fit for a new initiative.
- Develop a Business Model Canvas for your new initiative and revise based on customer feedback.
- Develop a pitch presentation of your new initiative to a group of potential investors.
Degree Program Outcomes
Degree outcomes are the overall skills and knowledge we expect you will have after successfully completing a degree program at City Vision University. This course supports the following program outcomes, marked with an asterisk (*). After completing the degree, you will be able to do the following in each of the listed domains:
- Finance. Analyze the complexities of financial and administrative systems and apply that to make effective business decisions.
- Innovation. Develop strategies and plans to effectively use technology and innovation to achieve organizational goals. *
- Relational. Develop and implement human capital, talent management and general human resource plans sensitive to the dynamics of corporate human behavior in different cultural contexts.
- Values. To develop plans to achieve their own personal vocation and calling as well as bringing social change to the world in line with Christian values.
- Strategy. To develop a synthesis to integrate a wide range of business skills into a plan for starting or growing an organization. *
- Specialization. Demonstrate professional competencies in a specialty area appropriate for managerial roles in private industry, public sector institutions, and not-for-profit agencies.
Students are required to purchase these texts before the first day of classes.
- Gelobter, M. (2015). Lean Startups for Social Change: The Revolutionary Path to Big Impact (1 edition). San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler Publishers. 224 pg. ISBN: 978-1626561496
- Osterwalder, A., & Pigneur, Y. (2010). Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers (1st edition). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons. 288 pg. ISBN: 9780470876411. First part available at: http://www.businessmodelgeneration.com/downloads/businessmodelgeneration_preview.pdf
Guidelines for Written Work
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This syllabus is subject to change without notice up until the first day of the semester. Last updated: February 23, 2022
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