Social Entrepreneurship

Catalogue des cours de Télécom Ecole de Management


ENT 4711


Graduate (M1)



Langue d'enseignement


Crédits ECTS


Heures programmées / Charge de travail

37,5 / 80


  • LESCOP Denis


- Droit, Economie et Finance

Equipe pédagogique



A primary goal of this course is to succeed in six specific learning objectives, among other course goals. Having successfully completed this course, students will minimally be able to:
1. Identify and explain the problems that social entrepreneurship seeks to address.
2. Describe how social entrepreneurship is both similar and different from traditional entrepreneurship.
3. Identify opportunities and challenges associated with social entrepreneurship in various contexts.
4. Analyze a business model of a social enterprise
5. Discuss the challenges with developing ideas which have both economic and social purposes.
6. Explain how to leverage resources and build entrepreneurial networks.








This class is comprised of a number of individual and team assignments. Each assignment builds on the previous one as you aim toward the team project at the end of the semester. Some of the assignments will be done in class and some in the Canvas virtual classroom. There are a number of ways for you to earn points:

In-class Contribution, Online Discussion, Reflection 20%
Individual Case Assignments: 4@5%
Team Assignments: 6@5%
Team Project and Presentation: 20%
Final Exam (online, open book): 10%
TOTAL 100%
This grade will be divided by 5 to obtained a grade over 20.

Approches pédagogiques

This course is offered to expand the knowledge base of entrepreneurship into the area of social entrepreneurship. It is designed for both business and non-business students, and provides an overview of social entrepreneurship and the impact it can have on society and in the environment through the marketplace.
An overview of core concepts are provided in this course in the areas of public policy, types of environmental and social challenges, values-based leadership, stakeholder networks, community resiliency, transformational learning, impact metrics reports, and impact investment as they apply to social entrepreneurship. Students are exposed to fundamental concepts in social innovation and entrepreneurship, including interacting with social entrepreneurs and business professionals throughout the semester. Students will also learn how to make effective business cases and presentations.
Learning social entrepreneurship is a process of engagement and occurs as a student applies, integrates, and reflects on concepts and tools from readings, assignments, team work, and the insights from social entrepreneurs. To help achieve the course objectives, a combination of pedagogical approaches will be used: (1) professor-led facilitation and immersive-learning class activities on key concepts, tools, and approaches to social entrepreneurship; (2) analysis of a social entrepreneurial venture with in-class and online discussions in order to share, cross-examine and comprehend social entrepreneurial ideas and their implications; (3) visiting social entrepreneurs and other business professionals in the entrepreneurial ecosystem for a “real world” learning element and the opportunity for students to engage and learn from experts; (4) readings, assignments, and reflections inside and outside of class to help guide students through a social entrepreneurial discovery process; and (5) student team(s) assignments, plan and presentation of innovative ideas and analyses in both written and oral formats.
This course contains an emphasis on learning-by-doing in our blended classroom. It is a “flipped classroom” experience. This means you need to read the assignments prior to class for the week in order to contribute to the in-class activities and discussions. Know that the learning is yours! The more that you put into this course, the more that you will get out of it for your endeavors. Our classroom has students from various parts of campus, majors, colleges, countries, and walks of life. This is an excellent way for us to learn from each other!
My goal is for this course to be one of the most enjoyable and memorable experiences you have at Virginia Tech. I hope that you will use the knowledge and skills gained throughout this course in order to develop a deeper understanding of social entrepreneurship, and entrepreneurship as a whole. Each and every one of you can become an entrepreneur and “change the world,” and I want to help you achieve that dream!


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