One simple idea can lead to sustainable jobs, innovative technologies, and lasting institutions. Learn how to launch your own social venture in this social entrepreneurship course from Jessica Jackley, co-founder of Kiva, the world’s first person-to-person microlending website.

This free online course will teach you how to apply the principles of entrepreneurship to create solutions for the world’s most pressing problems. You will learn how to design a solution, create a mission-driven organisation, and select the best structure for your venture: nonprofit, for-profit, or hybrid. You will also get advice from successful social entrepreneurs, such as Nobel Laureate, Muhammad Yunus, Embrace Co-Founder, Jane Chen, and Kreyol Essence founder and CEO, Yve-Car Momperousse.


• Module 1: Designing Your Venture
Identify the problem you want to solve

• Module 2: Mission, Values, and Vision
Create mission, vision, and values statements that will guide your venture’s decisions

• Module 3: Achieving Your Venture’s Goals
Decide how your venture will achieve its goals

• Module 4: Structuring Your Venture
Choose the best legal structure for your venture

• Module 5: Growing Your Venture & Measuring Its Impact
Measure your venture’s financial health and social impact


This social entrepreneurship course was designed specifically for those thinking of starting a social venture (either for-profit or nonprofit) or who are in the early stages of getting their venture started. If you are working at an existing social venture you may still find this course useful, however. No previous experience or coursework is required.

To complete this social entrepreneurship training, you will need a device that allows you to listen to audio, access course materials, and upload your assignments.

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