Netherlands, Utrecht

Social Entrepreneurship: Solving Societal Problems Using Innovative Business Models

when 18 July 2016 - 22 July 2016
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 EC
fee EUR 675

Social entrepreneurs discern opportunities for solving problems in society and realize this with a philosophy that does justice to all parties concerned. Social entrepreneurship is a ?hot topic? that is confronted with significant challenges - both in theory and in practice. Social entrepreneurs are continuously striving to align their business model with their mission to achieve social impact on the local and/or global scale. This also calls for innovative approaches from the side of, for example, legislators, policy makers and financiers. The course adopts a mix of (guest) lectures, experiential learning and case studies and includes a visit to a social enterprise. The course takes a multidisciplinary view on social entrepreneurship and as such draws on the Utrecht University Social Entrepreneurship Initiative (

This course is the third course of the track "Entrepreneurial Side of Business" (1. Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice - 2. Entrepreneurial Marketing - 3. Social Entrepreneurship - 4. Strategic Entrepreneurship)

Course leader

dr. Niels Bosma

Target group

All students interested in social entrepreneurship, whether as a potential social entrepreneur, a potential future stakeholder or simply as a conscious individual. The course is in English and interactive by nature - therefore students are expected to have a good proficiency in oral and written communication.

Course aim

The course aims to create awareness of the different types of social entrepreneurship, to support you in your ambition to solve societal problems (whether as an entrepreneur or not) and to share examples of opportunities and barriers that social entrepreneurs may face. You will also get acquainted with methods to measure social impact.

Fee info

EUR 675: Course + course materials + housing
EUR 475: Course + course materials

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