Social Entrepreneurship 101

Social Entrepreneurship 101

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Are you an aspiring social entrepreneur looking to learn how to establish and grow your enterprise?

Join us for Social Entrepreneurship 101: an 8-week, part-time intensive program that covers all aspects of social entrepreneurship, from making sure you’ve identified the right problem, to turning your solution into a sustainable business model. If you’re ready to roll up your sleeves, invest in your personal and professional growth, and turn your idea into impact, this is the right course for you. 

We are delighted to offer five fully-funded participant scholarships sponsored by Alterna Savings Credit Union. These scholarships are intended to unlock access, opportunity, and impact for program participants who may face financial constraints to their involvement. All applicants (CSI Members, Non-CSI members, DECAs and PECAs) are eligible to apply. Find details below!

The details

Dates: October 9th – November 27th
Time: Wednesday mornings, 9am to 12pm
Location: CSI Annex – 720 Bathurst Street, Toronto

What you’ll learn

Social Entrepreneurship 101 is an 8-week program delivered in two phases: 

Phase 1 (Weeks 1-4): Explore your purpose as a social entrepreneur. Discover your problem space. Map opportunities for impact.  

Together, we’ll begin with some of the big questions you may be asking yourself, such as:

  • I see so many urgent problems to solve. Which should I focus on specifically, and why?
  • There are so many things to do to get started. How do I prioritize?
  • What skills, knowledge, connections, and experience can I leverage to make an impact? 
  • How do I move from idea to action?

Phase 2 (Weeks 4-8): Discover stakeholders. Build your business and financial models. Identify funding options and enterprise impact.  

Questions answered during this phase include: 

  • I have developed a clear idea of the impact that I want my enterprise to generate. How do I design my business to reach this impact?
  • How can I generate sustainable revenue (and profit) from my social enterprise?
  • What resources am I going to need to start my enterprise?
  • What funding models and options should I explore?

By the end of the 8-weeks, you’ll gain experience, confidence, and practice with core competencies in social entrepreneurship such as critical thinking, systems thinking, active listening, storytelling, decision-making, and business modelling. 

Who you’ll meet

You’ll start your Wednesdays with a cohort of 25 changemakers who are similarly driven and committed to making an impact. SE 101 is open to CSI Members, Desk Exchange Community Animators (DECAs), Project Exchange Community Animators (PECAs), and the public. 

Social Entrepreneurship 101 was developed in partnership with experienced social entrepreneurs, coaches, facilitators, and educators, and based on the learnings of over 10 years of training social enterprises. 

What’s included

In addition to the 8-week Social Entrepreneurship 101 curriculum, participants will also gain access to CSI community perks:

  • A complimentary Lounge Pass for CSI Annex on session days ($240 value)
  • Invitations to Salad Club, a weekly potluck lunch for CSI members, at CSI Annex

Alterna Savings Scholarships 

In an effort to reduce financial barriers to SE 101 program participation, we are delighted to offer five fully-funded participant scholarships sponsored by Alterna Savings Credit Union. All applicants (CSI Members, Non-CSI members, DECAs and PECAs) are eligible to apply. Scholarship applications will be reviewed by a committee comprised of CSI staff and Alterna Savings staff.


Should you have any questions about the scholarship application process, please contact the course facilitator, Peggy Sue Deaven at peggysue[at]socialinnovation[dot]ca.

Still have questions about what to expect from SE 101? Check out these SE 101 Frequently Asked Questions and the topics that will be covered weekly.

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