Do You Want to Change the World by Becoming a Social Entrepreneur?

Barry Lenson

Becoming a Social EntrepreneurIf you have a business idea that can improve the world, you’re in good company. Every day brings new stories about social entrepreneurships that have been formed to make the world a better place.  There’s the One World Futbol project, which has partnered with Chevrolet to give indestructible soccer balls to children in third world countries.  Another is The Water Project, which provides clean water to people who live in rural areas around the world.

Do Your Skills Match Up to Your Vision?

It’s great to have a big idea.  But to make yours come to life and change the world, you will need skills like these . . .

  • Fundraising skills – both online and face-to-face – to launch your enterprise and help it grow.
  • Social networking skills that spread the word about what you are doing and attract both funds and supporters.
  • Partnering skills that enable you to identify corporations and other organizations that join up with you and help your organization grow.
  • Branding skills, so you can create your organization’s name, tagline, logo, and other elements that speak compellingly to supporters.
  • Management skills, so you can recruit the right people, manage your finances, write a business plan, market effectively . . . and more.

StraighterLine Teaches You the Skills You Need

Here’s a way to start making your dream a reality. It’s StraighterLine’s new Startups for Social Entrepreneurs Program. Classes begin on September 3rd, and you may want to become part of it.

The program consists of four courses. When you have completed them, you will earn a Social Entrepreneurship Certificate. And when you are done, you’ll know how to start and run a business that will target social, environmental or economic problems.

The core of the program is the Venture Planning for Social Entrepreneurs course, facilitated by Dr. Kristin Joos. Dr. Joos is a powerhouse in social entrepreneurship. In 2005, she founded the Sustainability & Social Impact (ISSI) Initiative in the Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation in the Warrington College of Business at the University of Florida. She’s now the Director of the Young Entrepreneurs for Leadership & Sustainability High School Summer Program at the University of Florida.

The Startups for Social Entrepreneurs program was created as a practical opportunity to help students launch a social venture that addresses a social, environmental, or economic problem. Students will work through a 12 week course as a cohort with Dr. Kristin Joos in Venture Planning for Social Entrepreneurs. CLICK HERE to learn more.

Becoming a Social Entrepreneur

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