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Applied Social Entrepreneurship


Gonçalves P.

Course director

Andreeva M.



This course reviews key concepts in entrepreneurship and applies them to address societal needs. Students approach their business plans from a “Fail Fast” perspective. Through a combination of methods, students learn to design robust and sustainable start-ups. Social entrepreneurship draws on many subjects and requires a multi-disciplinary approach, and a number of possible topics could be covered in class, emphasis will be placed on practical tools that can help the creation and setup of social start-ups.


Introduce students to the principles and practices of social entrepreneurship. Expose students to challenges they will face when they create a start-up and provide them with the necessary tools and training required to help them to develop their own social start-ups.

Sustainable development goals

  • No poverty
  • Zero hunger
  • Good health and well-being
  • Quality education

Teaching mode

In presence

Learning methods

Class sessions combine lectures, interactive exercises, group presentations, and discussions. The diversity of approaches seeks to enhance students’ technical, decision-making, problem-solving, and practical skills. To achieve these goals in an effective way, it is important to engage in and prepare for discussion, participate actively during class discussions, and review readings and assignments for their applicability to concepts covered in class

This is a participatory course. We recommend class attendance to be at least 75% of classes.

Examination information

Assignments: 50%
Final exam: 50%