Social innovations include ideas, concepts, processes and organizations that focus on societal needs. Social entrepreneurship can be understood as the process of identifying and starting a new business venture to address a pressing public and societal need.
This course starts by exposing students to pressing societal needs, then introduces them to the concepts and techniques associated with human centred design for social innovation. Through a combination of methods, such as ideation, prototyping and applied business modelling, students learn and 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.