Cambridge Judge Business School

Profit With a Purpose: Social Entrepreneurship Programme

Learn how to build a business while helping society

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Time Commitment:
6 Weeks, 7 - 10 hours per week

Collaborative Online Learning


Why Study Social Entrepreneurship?

There are more than 100,000 social enterprises in the UK working on issues like food and housing insecurity and financial underrepresentation. The social entrepreneurs who lead these organisations approach their work with the innovative mindset of a business startup – which means they face many of the same challenges. Social enterprises contribute a collective £60 billion to the UK economy but struggle to keep staff and stay funded, particularly when they work in the lower-income communities they most seek to help.

In this programme, at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, a global leader in innovative entrepreneurship, you will learn the actionable skills and strategic frameworks to make a social enterprise successful. Helping underserved communities access essential goods and services while addressing the root causes of their issues, requires a delicate balance of developing dynamic, agile teams and attracting deep investor commitment. This programme will show you how to be a financially and strategically astute social entrepreneur, so that your best ideas for improving society can come to fruition.


Is This Programme Right for You?


This programme is for entrepreneurs eager to learn how to define, build and scale an enterprise model that fits social solutions. Corporate innovators – social responsibility managers and sustainability consultants – who want to understand the principles of building and investing in social enterprises for corporate responsibility and sustainability also stand to benefit from the programme.

What You Will Learn

  • Business models for social entrepreneurship
  • Corporate social enterprises
  • Community asset mapping
  • Legal structures of social enterprises
  • Profit vs. non-profit enterprise solutions
  • Traditional vs. social investment funding sources
  • Social impact measurement skills

The Esme Way

Collaborative AI-enhanced learning

We teach executives as they work—in cross-functional teams. Learners participate in interactive simulations and team projects which reinforce applied learning and enhance collaboration and complex problem-solving skills. If you are looking for an individually-paced programme, this programme is not for you.