INSTRUCTOR: Barbara del Cotto Jimenez
SCHEDULE: Wednesday 10:00AM – 12:30PM
This course introduces the key skills, tools, and mental frameworks required to solve the world’s most complex and pressing challenges through social entrepreneurship, including those needed to launch, grow, and sustain a social enterprise venture. We will explore the role of social entrepreneurship in society globally, nationally, and locally, including opportunities and challenges of social entrepreneurship for creating real change. The course will examine the various forms of social ventures, the practical considerations and steps needed to create them, and case studies of successful social entrepreneurs. We will consider the guiding framework of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. During the Fall term, our work will center around, and culminate in, a group project where teams will develop a new social venture concept to submit and compete in the annual Hult Prize@FIU pitch competition. Course work and class time will serve as both learning and laboratory as teams progress toward the competition. This project is in lieu of a final exam. In order to illuminate key concepts of both social and traditional entrepreneurship, students will complete reading and supplementary assignments, and submit a short, written response to each. We will rotate among students to present and lead the follow-on class discussions. Assignments, lectures, and class conversation will help students grasp key concepts, grapple with key questions, and inform their unique view and approach to social entrepreneurship. Such views will be tested, stretched, challenged, and ultimately enriched through the collaborative and experiential learning of our term projects.