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Fall 2012: Social Entrepreneurship Course

Posted: March 30, 2012

The Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship (HESE) Program is now recruiting the next cohort of students through the ENGR 497K: Social Entrepreneurship Class. About half the social ventures being pursued in the classes are related to agriculture and post-harvest handling.

The Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship (HESE) Program is now recruiting the next cohort of students through the ENGR 497K: Social Entrepreneurship Class.This course is the perfect stepping stone to other HESE design courses in the Spring semester where students work on various social ventures and travel to partnering communities (in India, Kenya, Tanzania, Nicaragua) to work with collaborators to get the ventures off-the-ground. Student teams from this class have developed business strategies for several ventures and gone to to win awards at the Global Idea to Product Competition, Global Milking the Rhino Innovative Solutions Showcase, the Smeal Ideapitch Competition, etc.

Course Particulars: ENGR 497K: Social Entrepreneurship Schedule number: 897109 Meeting times: Tue/Thu 4:15 to 5:30 Pre-requisites: None: All Majors across Penn State welcome. Website: www.hese.psu.edu

Social entrepreneurship is about applying practical, innovative and sustainable approaches to benefit society in general, with an emphasis on those who are marginalized and poor. (Schwab Foundation) Social Entrepreneurs strive to develop transformative social innovations and business models for sustainable enterprises that enable and accelerate positive social change. This course focuses on developing sustainable business models for technology-based social enterprises. There is a significant hands-on component with cross-functional student teams developing business models for real ventures in the United States, East Africa or South Asia. Resources are available to advance these ventures forward.

The Social Entrepreneurship course counts towards the certificate in Engineering and Community Engagement as well as the minor in Sustainability Leadership. This course is also the ideal stepping stone for the honors track in the HESE Program.