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Business and Impact Planning for Social Enterprises


People in every corner of the world are solving social and environmental problems in their communities. In the past decade, new programs and resources like MIT Solve have emerged to support those social entrepreneurs. However, many startups find it difficult to clearly communicate their work and impact to secure funding and other opportunities. This five-week course helps early-stage social impact startups define three key aspects of their business: Impact Opportunity: What is the scale of the problem you are working on? How many people are impacted and what are their demographics? Theory of Change: How can you be sure that your work addresses the problem you’re solving? Planning for Scale: How can you reach more people to scale your impact? Where will you gain the funding to do so? Each week, we will share case studies from established organizations and entrepreneurs around the world to bring these concepts to life and help you design your own business and impact plan. Upon completing this course, you will have: Written answers that correspond to five core business model and impact questions. Those answers can be used to submit an application to MIT Solve’s open innovation platform A pitch video summarizing your work (Optional) New connections to others who are solving important problems in your region and beyond You may be a good candidate for this course if any of the following criteria apply to you: You are considering applying to Solve’s Global Challenges or another social impact innovation program and are seeking advice to create and complete the application. You are solving an important social or environmental problem and need help to describe your work You are starting on an idea or solution to a social or environmental problem and need training or skills development to design and share your goals What is Solve? Solve is an initiative of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) whose mission is to solve world challenges. As a marketplace for social impact, Solve launches open innovation challenges, finds incredible tech-based social entrepreneurs all around the world, and convenes a community of members and partners to fund and support these entrepreneurs—driving lasting, transformational change. To provide additional support, Solve Innovation Future, a philanthropic venture fund, directs catalytic investments in early-stage entrepreneurs. Join us on this journey at

Price: $49 – FREE to audit!

Language: English

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