A social enterprise has two goals: to achieve social and environmental outcomes and to earn revenue. Many social enterprises look like traditional businesses, but if you look deeper, you will discover the defining characteristics: mission is at the center of business, with income generation playing an important supporting role.

Throughout this course you will have the opportunity to dive deeper into the diverse world of social enterprises.

About the course

This course is a must for anyone who wants to learn more about what social enterprise is and its relation to sustainable development. You will learn how to evaluate social enterprise in the context of global and local problems. If you work with social enterprise or are thinking about launching a social enterprise, this course provides a valuable foundation.

Social Enterprise: Business Doing Good includes a mix of theory, practical information, and case studies from around the world. You will assess different definitions and models of social enterprise and evaluate their social impact. Video interviews with experts and practitioners, articles, and discussion steps will offer you the opportunity to learn and engage with other learners on key concepts and ideas.

This course is one of three in the Social Enterprise programme prepared by Middlesex University Business School, in collaboration with researchers at the Jindal Centre for Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship and the social enterprise Living in Minca, and with funding by the British Council.

The programme will help understand what it takes to launch and run a sustainable social enterprise. When you complete all three courses and buy a Certificate of Achievement for each, you will earn a FutureLearn Award as proof of completing the programme of study.

What you will learn

By the end of the course, you will understand the key concepts related to social enterprise and how to assess the social impact of a social enterprise model. You will also be able to:

  • Identify Social Enterprises;
  • Develop your social enterprise business idea;
  • Contribute to discussion about the social enterprise world.


This course is intended for anyone interested in learning more about social enterprise, including entrepreneurs, charities, working professionals, and students.

 About the instructors

Sara Calvo is a senior lecturer at Middlesex University Business School. She is also the founding director of Living in Minca, a certified business consultant and a documentary filmmaker.

Jeremy Wade is the founding director of the Jindal Centre for Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship (JSiE), a social innovation lab in north India.

Andres Morales is the co-founder of Living in Minca, a Social Enterprise consultant, ethnographer, filmmaker, and researcher at Open University.

Starting date: 5 June, 2017

Duration: 3 weeks, 4 hours per week

Language: English

Instructor: Sara Calvo, Jeremy Wade, Andres Morales

Institution: Middlesex University, JSiE, Living in Minca