Online course

Foundations in Social Entrepreneurship

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Course Information

Course information

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Next start date

Weekly on Mondays

Enrollment closes


Course frequency

Every week


Time committment

- hours



Optional extra

GVI Program Abroad



Book before September 2023 and receive a £100 scholarship

*Flexible payment options available

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Course introduction

Are you motivated by a desire to see a change in the way business is done? If you’ve always wanted to learn more about social entrepreneurship, then this is the course for you. In this course, you’ll learn how to assess if an organisation is making a measurable impact and if they are meeting their social objectives.

You’ll learn the skills needed to become a social entrepreneur with understanding all the elements that make up a microenterprise, as well as the fundamentals of impact investing and how to start a social enterprise. Gain first-hand insight into initiatives such as improving business opportunities in underserved communities. Increase your understanding of key performance indicators (KPIs) and the differences between metrics and benchmarking in impact management.

Is this program for me?

Are you dedicated to making a positive impact? Do you want to be an entrepreneur that creates a business that helps address social and environmental issues? If you have a strong interest in socio-economic empowerment or are wanting to switch from your current profession to start up a social enterprise, this program is designed to help you do just that. If you are a college student, graduate or still in highschool, this program will give you the knowledge you need to begin your career journey in the complex and diverse field of social entrepreneurship.

Skills you’ll acquire

After completing this course you’ll be able to:

Earn your certification

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Want to show colleges, universities and employers that you’ve got the knowledge and skills covered in this course? Once you’ve successfully completed any of our courses, we’ll send you a digital certificate of completion at no additional cost. The certificate will feature the official name of the course and your name. Add the certificate to your college application, your graduate school application, your job application or your LinkedIn page.

This program includes our Impact Measurement course. In this course, you’ll learn about the fundamental differences between impact measurement and monitoring and evaluation. You’ll cover the tools and technology that can be used to track the impact being made by an organisation. You’ll also learn how to analyse metrics, and capture qualitative and quantitative data. Lastly, you’ll learn about the Theory of Change (ToC) framework and how this can be used to track the inputs and outputs of an impact project.

You’ll also complete our Fundraising and Communications course. In this course, you’ll learn how to successfully market impact initiatives and how to target your communications to a specific audience. You’ll learn how to meet the needs of different stakeholders and donors, and you’ll explore the different ways to fundraise for a project and the pro’s and cons of these fundraising methods.

The program also includes our Careers in Sustainable Development and Leading Teams for Impact courses. In the careers course, you’ll learn about different careers in sustainable development and learn how to network, write a resume, submit an application and impress during an interview. In the leadership course, you’ll find out how to set goals, give feedback, manage conflict and identify different roles of team members.

Course curriculum

Course 1:Impact Measurement

Orientation to our online learning platform

Module 1: Introduction to Impact Measurement

Module 2: Planning for Measurement

Module 3: Implementing Your Measurement Plan

Module 4: Managing and Using Data for Impact

Module 5: Current and Future Approaches to Impact Measurement

Course 2:Social Entrepreneurship and Impact Investing

Orientation to our online learning platform

Module 1: Social Entrepreneurship

Module 2: Human-Centred Design

Module 3: Behavioural Science

Module 4: Systems Innovation

Module 5: Impact Investing

Course 3:Careers in Sustainable Development

Orientation to our online learning platform

Module 1: Career Paths and Opportunities

Module 2: Your Values and Ways to Make an Impact

Module 3: Career Mapping and Choices

Module 4: Building Your Profile and Personal Brand

Module 5: Securing Your Dream Job

Course 4:Leading Teams for Impact

Orientation to our online learning platform

Module 1: Introduction to Team Leading

Module 2: Planning and Setting Team Goals

Module 3: Preparing by Creating a Safe, Supportive Environment

Module 4: Presenting and Communicating With Your Team

Module 5: Performing and Developing a Leadership Style

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No poverty


Sustainable cities and communities


Quality education


Decent work and economic growth


Industry, innovation and infrastructure