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About the course

Social entrepreneurship and impact business is a fast-growing movement that uses the tools of business to create positive sustainable results for society at every level. By developing and deploying innovative solutions to neglected societal problems, the leaders behind this approach are committed to improving our communities and the world in which we live.

More than a decade of work on social entrepreneurship has demonstrated that the growth of high-impact social ventures arises not in isolation, but in collaboration with companies, investors and an engaged public sector, all of whom strive to create a sustainable positive difference.

The INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship Programme brings INSEAD’s strength as a global business education leader to this dynamic field. Since being launched in 2006, it has set the standard for top-tier impact business education.

The one-week programme combines cutting-edge theory and practice integrated with the deep academic knowledge of INSEAD faculty and insights from expert practitioners. It focuses on the business skills and frameworks that will help entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs and investors grow their ventures to scale and maximise their impact. The discussion of case studies, many of which have been developed by INSEAD faculty, provides a platform to analyse the uniquely complex issues and challenges impact business leaders face.

The INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship Programme continues to add value after the week-long programme. Graduates form a dynamic community of high-level impact business, sustainability and social enterprise leaders. Numbering more than 500 in nearly 80 countries, this network remains engaged through online collaboration, regular meetings and support. This exchange of ideas, innovations and experiences serve as a foundation for further research and understanding of the field, which benefits participants – past, present and future.


  • Understand your impact. Examine the role that impact venture leaders seek to play in their business and society and the key challenges that they face
  • Develop your leadership and management skills. Build your leadership, organisational and negotiation skills to manage a growing social enterprise or impact venture
  • Strengthen your tool kit. Apply business tools to empower communities and leverage markets to achieve sustainability and social impact
  • Join a dynamic global network of leaders pioneering social innovation, impact and best practices.


The INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship Programme brings together INSEAD’s renowned faculty with an international group of leaders in social entrepreneurship, to bridge the gap between human needs and the resources required to address them.

Along with case study discussion and analysis, the programme creates a forum for the exchange of experiences and practical knowledge. Participants join a vibrant and active past participant network.

Topics covered during the programme include the following.


  • Value creation by social entrepreneurship and impact business
  • Balancing economic value and social impact
  • Leveraging sustainable business for impact
  • Applying market mechanisms for social change


  • Leading mission-driven ventures and organisations
  • Managing organisational change
  • Negotiating for creating shared value
  • Evaluating for sustainability and impact


  • Business model innovation for impact
  • Building a sustainable revenue model
  • Scaling up and funding impact ventures
  • Launching sustainable impact initiatives in large companies

Who should attend

This programme is open to entrepreneurs and executives from companies or organisations involved in furthering the common good. Candidates should hold a leadership role (CEO, founder, or senior management) for social entrepreneurial or impact business activities, generally operating for at least three years. We welcome participants from both for-profit and non-profit organisations. A limited amount of financial aid is available for applicants with demonstrated leadership but requiring assistance to participate.

Trust the experts

Filipe Santos

Filipe Santos is Visiting Professor of Social Entrepreneurship at INSEAD. He was a full-time faculty member of INSEAD since September 2003 and left in January 2015 to lead a new government initiative called Portugal Social Innovation that aims to catalyze a social investment market in Portugal to...


Hans Wahl

Hans joined the INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship Initiative in 2007. He has a background as a human rights activist, educator, and trainer based in Paris, with more than 30 years of experience in economic and political development. He recently designed and led a programme of training and capacity...


Zoe Kinias

Zoe Kinias is an Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour at INSEAD and the Academic Director of INSEAD’s Gender Initiative. She is also a member of the INSEAD Randomized Control Trials Lab. After ten years teaching MBAs, first at the Kellogg School of Management and then at INSEAD, Zoe n...


Ilze Kivleniece

Ilze Kivleniece is an Assistant Professor of Strategy at INSEAD. She holds a PhD in Strategic Management from HEC Paris (France), a BSc and an MSc in International Business and Economics from the Stockholm School of Economics. Prior to joining INSEAD, she was a faculty member at the Imperial Coll...


Matthew Lee

Matthew Lee is an Assistant Professor of Strategy at INSEAD. Matthew's research examines two main areas: 1) hybrid social ventures, mission-driven organisations that combine templates for organising from the business and social sectors, and 2) how corporations shape the social structures of their...


Jasjit Singh

Jasjit Singh is an Associate Professor of Strategy and the Shell Fellow in Business and the Environment at INSEAD. He is an Academic Director of the INSEAD Social Impact Initiative. Jasjit has been an INSEAD professor since 2004. His interests include strategy, inclusive business, sustainable de...


Nuno Delicado

Nuno Delicado is a founding partner at Pluris and lecturer at INSEAD and at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP). He conducts negotiation and conflict resolution training, facilitation, and consulting in both the private and the public sectors. At INSEAD he co-developed the negotiati...


Moira Creedon

Moira Creedon is a consultant and lecturer on Financial Management working with clients worldwide to help business leaders create value and grow sustainably. Moira teaches in universities and business schools globally. She is a senior faculty member of the Irish Social Entrepreneurship Academy, C...


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