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What is Social Entrepreneurship?

Learn the basics of social entrepreneurship and how to build a social enterprise to tackle an issue you're passionate about

This resource package is designed for anyone approaching social entrepreneurship for the first time! It will help you identify a problem you care about, understand the considerations needed for impact and financial sustainability, and learn about how various entrepreneurs have thought about scale.

Built from Acumen's years of experience investing in social entrepreneurs, this resource package will feature firsthand stories and advice from four inspiring founders: Charles Best of DonorsChoose.org, Thulsiraj Ravilla of Aravind Eyecare, Leila Janah of Samasource, and JB Schramm of College Summit. You'll get access to a handful of resources — including videos, readings, and workbooks — to teach you the basics of social entrepreneurship.

We invite you to roll up your sleeves and join a group of entrepreneurs on a journey to change lives by changing systems.

This resource package is an adaptation of Acumen's 6-week course: Social Entrepreneurship 101. You will see references to "submitting assignments" in the materials, but we are not asking students to submit assignments for this resource.


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