Be a trailblazer and changemaker
Are you passionate about solving a specific social, environmental or economic challenge? Then the social entrepreneurship program is perfect for you. Whether you plan on creating a for-profit company, a nonprofit organization, or a hybrid of the two, this program is built to support builders and creators. Here, you will gain the skills necessary to be the next generation of changemakers. The social entrepreneurship program was created through an academic collaboration between Watson Institute, an idea incubator, and Lynn.
What you'll learn in the social entrepreneurship program
- Leadership and growth
- Business analytics and economics
- Business strategy and project management
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At Lynn University, we embrace technology by encouraging our students to engage with course content through iPads, and our professors can develop custom course materials.
Social entrepreneurship curriculum
In the social entrepreneurship program, you will gain the skills necessary to advance your ventures, maximize your positive impact in the world and trailblaze your path for future social impact. Since this program is offered in partnership with Watson University, you will have the flexibility to take the course in both Boca Raton, Florida, and Boulder, Colorado. Each semester is an intensive program in which you will receive weekly mentorship and coaching sessions, training in the hard skills and frameworks to take your ideas to the next level and a community of peers that will last far beyond Watson.
WSE 101 Foundation
This program provides a foundation in 15 foundational hard skills necessary for starting a social enterprise: decision making with limited data, website design, strategic planning, time and goal management, market analysis and segmentation, turning ideas into opportunities, pivoting a venture, stages of venture evolution, verbal and written critical communications, networking and building alliances, founders agreement, personal soft-skills, evaluating your strengths and limitations, time and goal management, self-directed learning.
WSE 195 Practicum
This program provides a facilitated workshop space during which students are held accountable to semester, weekly and daily goals toward the development of their social enterprise. In addition to facilitated time focused on setting and achieving relevant goals, students form teams to work through specific challenges faced by their peers. Finally, students will go through intensive mentorship and individual meetings with both their faculty/coach and team of mentors.
Social entrepreneurship jobs
Students of the social entrepreneurship program have gone on to work with companies in the nonprofit, government and education industries. Here's a few companies where alumni have jobs or internships:
- Frontier Innovators
- VRVIU (Virtual Reality Media Company)
- The Rees-Jones Foundation
- Amref Health Africa UK
- New York Fire Department intergovernmental liaison
- Yale School of Public Health
- University of Illinois Social Innovation Center