Who should attend
- 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 economy.
- Funders looking for impact investing opportunities.
About the course
Social entrepreneurship offers the potential to shift our civil society into a different way of doing things. Within the context of COVID-19, this is becoming increasingly important.
Social entrepreneurs blend the lessons from business with the diversity and complexity of social values, and in the process pursue opportunities for change. They seek long term sustainability, while simultaneously combining the pursuits of purpose and profit. In the words of Bernard Shaw: "Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything".
The Gordon Institute of Business Science’s Entrepreneurship Development Academy will run the Social Entrepreneurship Programme (SEP) for the 12th year in 2021. The course takes excellence in business thinking and applies it to the social development space.
The SEP is a middle-management training programme, aimed at those who want to make a difference. The programme will be offered in a blended format, thus making it accessible to a broader audience.
How you will benefit
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. Each module includes theory in the form of reading and lectures, context in the form of case studies and 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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Because of COVID-19, many providers are cancelling or postponing in-person programs or providing online participation options.
We are happy to help you find a suitable online alternative.