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Social entrepreneurship offers the potential to shift civil society through innovative social ventures that pursue profit and purpose. 

Are you passionate about a social problem that you’d like to solve? The Gordon Institute of Business Science’s Entrepreneurship Development Academy will run the Social Entrepreneurship Programme (SEP) for the 16th year in 2023. The sought-after course takes excellence in business innovation thinking and applies it to the social development space.


Social entrepreneurs drive social innovation and transformation in various fields, including education, health, the creative arts, the environment, and enterprise development. These changemakers blend lessons from business with the diversity and complexity of social values and pursue opportunities for change in the process. They seek long-term sustainability while simultaneously combining the pursuits of purpose and profit when developing and implementing innovative solutions for collective social impact.

Over 700 social entrepreneurs have already been equipped with technical, creative, strategic and management skills and strategic networks to address various social and economic challenges while ensuring financial stability.

 The SEP is a middle-management training programme aimed at those who want to align their efforts to make a difference, measure their impact, and achieve social change by running social enterprises. The programme will be offered in a blended format (online and classroom-based), thus making it accessible to a broader audience.

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Who should attend the Social Entrepreneurship Programme?
> Non-profit leaders. 
> Existing or potential social/sustainability entrepreneurs. 
> NGO leaders and managers. 
> CSI managers > B-BBEE and transformation experts > Board trustees. 
> Development practitioners > Government agencies, especially those interested in the social enterprise economy. 

> Funders looking for impact investing opportunities.

How will you benefit from the Social Entrepreneurship Programme?
As a delegate on this programme you will: 
> Develop insights into the complex challenges of social change, financial sustainability and innovation. 
> Build a deeper understanding of strategy, governance and leadership. 
> Hone your knowledge of marketing, finance, operations and HR management.
> Develop practical skills and gain access to useful tool-kits for building and running a social enterprise. 

> Enhance your ability to solve problems and implement long lasting solutions.

Key Focus Areas

There are three training blocks across the main themes of: Creating change; Sustaining change and Scaling change within a social enterprise. Each module includes theory in the form of reading and lectures, context in the form of case studies and social entrepreneur guest speakers, as well as online self-study to develop practical skills and techniques. Integration occurs through syndicate and individual assignments as well as through the course long Action Learning Project which focuses on applying your learning to a real-world problem or opportunity in your own social enterprise.

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