8 Things Everyone Should Know About Social Entrepreneurship
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8 Things Everyone Should Know About Social Entrepreneurship

Learn the why, what, and how about social entrepreneurship plus find out about social innovation fellowship programs.
4.4 (4 ratings)
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Created by Neetal Parekh
Last updated 11/2015
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  • 2 Supplemental Resources
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What Will I Learn?
  • Articulate core values of social entrepreneurship
  • Participate in the social impact space as a social entrepreneur, social intrapreneur, and/or as an informed consumer
  • Learn about social entrepreneurship fellowship programs and outside resources
  • Understand the "why" behind social entrepreneurship -- why does it even matter?
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Have you ever wanted to change the world and design your own career path? Social entrepreneurship harnesses the power and potential of business, startups and entrepreneurship with the mission and soul of social impact.

But, what is and isn’t social entrepreneurship? What are examples? And how can you create social impact through your career, startup, and purchasing decisions

These are just a few of the questions we answer in this introductory course, “8 Things Everyone Should Know About Social Entrepreneurship”. Join Neetal Parekh, Founder and CEO of Innov8social and Author of “51 Questions on Social Entrepreneurship” as she shares her story in the space and what she has learned through her years of blogging, researching, interviewing thought leaders, and being part of multiple social impact-driven Silicon Valley startup companies.

By the end of the class you will be able to:

  • Articulate what social entrepreneurship is and isn’t
  • Speak to some of the urgent global problems that make social entrepreneurship matter
  • Take steps within your career and role to engage in social impact
  • Speak to unique business models and legal structures for social enterprise startups
  • Find and apply to social innovation fellowship programs related to your interest in the space
  • See that social entrepreneurship is emerging and evolving differently around the globe
  • Learn about dynamic resources to further and deepen your engagement in the social impact space.
  • Get in the know, so you can #goanddo!
Who is the target audience?
  • This class on social entrepreneurship is meant for people who are driven to create social impact in their careers, businesses, and purchasing decisions. No prior experience in social entrepreneurship is needed. And, in addition to facts, definitions, and trends---students will hear stories around social entrepreneurship and changemakers leading the way. If you are an expert in the field or are not driven by the sense of creating impact through your life and work, this course may not be the best fit.
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Curriculum For This Course
11 Lectures
1 Lecture 02:19

After this section, you will have a roadmap for this course on social entrepreneurship, including the lens of experience from which it is being taught as well as they areas we will be covering.

Preview 02:19
The 8 Things
9 Lectures 01:02:49

This lecture addresses the essential "what" question -- in defining what social entrepreneurship is and isn't. You will be able to list examples of social enterprises as well as 'grey areas' in the space and will be introduced to terms such as "greenwashing" and the "sharing economy". You will also hear about the variety of terms used to describe the space including "social innovation", "social entrepreneurship", and "social enterprise" and get a little context on these terms and distinctions.

Preview 07:12

This lecture answers the essential "why" question--i.e. why does social entrepreneurship even matter? Learn about the pressing issues we face globally that make creative, innovative problemsolving urgent. Also learn about unique aspects about the millennial generation that make it (and future generations) specially equipped for social entrepreneurship.

By the end of this lecture, you will be able to reflect and explore your "why" for engaging in social impact.

Preview 04:22

This lecture begins to address the essential "how" of engaging in social impact (and supporting social entrepreneurship) as a consumer. In our purchase of goods and services we also 'vote' with our payment. You will learn ways of becoming a more discerning buyer (or "conscious consumer" and how you can even impact the brands you frequent.

#3 : You Can Participate in Social Entrepreneurship with Your Spending

In this lecture you will continue to explore the essential "how" of engaging in social entrepreneurship and impact through your career or company. You will learn about this brand of social impact, called "social intrapreneurship" and how, why, and in which ways you can further your engagement in this context.

#4 : You Can Participate in Social Intrapraneurship through your Career

This lecture continues exploration of the essential "how" of participating in social entrepreneurship by examining how you can be a social entrepreneur. After this section you will be able to speak about unique legal structures and business models available to social entrepreneurs and ways social entrepreneurs can seek funding to build, grow, and scale impact ideas.

#5 : You Can Participate in Social Entrepreneurship by Launching a Company

In this lecture I share more about my story into the social impact space and how social innovation fellowship programs have been useful in my experience and engagement in the space. By the end of the lecture you will be able to articulate why fellowship programs may be useful and also learn actionable ways to make the most out of a fellowship program experience.

#6 : You Can Engage in Social Entrepreneurship Through Fellowship Programs

This lecture introduces a handful of social innovation fellowship programs and provides information about application eligibility. You will hear my comments on how these various fellowship programs connect to social entrepreneurship. If you are a visual learner, please download the handout which contains further information about the fellowship programs mentioned. Please note, these are just a small handful of a growing list of fellowship programs available!

Examples of Fellowship Programs

This lecture touches upon the global emergence and development of social entrepreneurship. You will learn fascinating aspects of the distinctions and similarities in the way social enterprise is evolving globally. You will also be able to point to a few examples and countries by the end of the lecture. If this aspect of social entrepreneurship interests you (as much as it does me!), please check the handout from the #8 to learn about podcast interviews with social impact thinkers and doers from around the globe.

#7 : Social Entrepreneurship is Happening Globally

In this lecture, I share some of the common challenges social entrepreneurs face---which I share from my observations and interactions with social entrepreneurs as well as my own experience in social impact startups. Please check out the downloadable resource page with numerous tools and resources to further your engagement in the social entrepreneurship space. The road is long, but we travel along it together.

#8 : There are Lots of Resources to Learn More about Social Entrepreneurship
Thank You!
1 Lecture 01:09

My thank you for participating in my first online class. I would love to connect and hear your thoughts on the class, your experience, what you liked and any constructive suggestions. I created this class because it is information I would have greatly benefitted from when I began exploring social entrepreneurship and I hope it has been valuable to you too!

Thank You!
About the Instructor
Neetal Parekh
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Founder and CEO of Innov8social

Neetal Parekh is an attorney by education, a communicator by experience, and a social innovator and storyteller at heart. She specializes in social entrepreneurship, startup methodologies, social media strategy, writing/blogging, and public speaking. Neetal is the Founder and CEO of Innov8social, which builds tools to help individuals and companies reach their impact potential. She is the host of the Innov8social Podcast, featuring interviews with thinkers and doers in the social impact space. Neetal serves as an advisor to social enterprise startups and as a mentor at the Sustainability Innovations Lab at GSVlabs. She has been selected as a 2016 Starting Bloc Fellow.

She holds a B.A. in International Political Science from UCLA, where she interned at the U.S. Consulate in Mumbai, India. She pursued her interest in international work through volunteering in rural India and studying public human rights law in Geneva and Strasbourg. Neetal holds a J.D. and is licensed to practice law in Washington, and has found great joy (and challenge and grit :) in exercising her entrepreneurial spirit. Her past experience includes strategy roles at FindLaw, Calvert Foundation, Net Impact, and a handful of early-stage startups. She also served as Chief of Product and Impact at an education company (and public benefit corporation) where she designed and delivered entrepreneurship and business education to people of diverse ages, backgrounds, and cultures.

Neetal was a 2012 New Leaders Council Silicon Valley Fellow and served on the Advisory Board. She also engaged with the Executive team of VLAB, the MIT Enterprise Forum Bay Area Chapter at Stanford University, as Outreach Chair.

A passionate advocate for social entrepreneurship and impact innovation, Neetal believes that this field empowers us to creatively re-imagine how businesses and individuals can create meaningful impact and lasting value.