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The USASBE Certificate in Social Entrepreneurship

The USASBE Special Interest Certificate Program began in 2012 with the introduction of the Social Entrepreneurship Certificate Program. The Social Entrepreneurship Certificate Program, which has now graduated seven cohorts, has proven extremely popular and very successful. It currently includes the following seven Modules, each approximately three clock hours in length:

1. Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship
2. Identifying and Assessing Social Entrepreneurship Opportunities
3. Legal Issues in Social Entrepreneurship
4. Dynamic Business Models
5. Funding Social Ventures/ Plan Development
6. Measuring the Impact of Social Ventures
7. Implementing the Social Entrepreneurship Curriculum or Venture Plan


Faculty who have developed the curriculum, and who will be delivering the Modules, are among the top faculty in this emerging field of Social Entrepreneurship, so you will be learning from the best. Each Module also offers a set of resources, such as PowerPoint presentations, cases, articles, annotated bibliography of literature with links to on-line resources and an assortment of class exercises/assignments used by faculty teaching social entrepreneurship. A collection of these resources will be made available to Certificate Program enrollees through dedicated portion of the USASBE website.


The Social Entrepreneurship Certificate is ideally suited for faculty who are considering a new course in Social Entrepreneurship or others who wish to improve a current course with state-of-the-art curriculum enhancements. Participants may also include non-profit leaders who are interested in the latest trends in social enterprise and social entrepreneurs interested in launching a new social venture. The final product (required for completion of the certificate) is a fully developed syllabus or business plan for a social venture. Upon completion of the certificate, a letter of accomplishment will be sent to the designated official at the college or university where the social entrepreneurship course will be offered or to an official at another applicable organization for enrollees other than college or university faculty.

Decisions have not yet been made on the timing or location for launching a next cohort in the USASBE Social Entrepreneurship Certificate Program.  If you would like to be on the distribution list for announcements regarding the next cohort and/or would like more information regarding the program, please contact Bonnie Nolan at

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