Netherlands, Maastricht

Social Entrepreneurship Summer School

when 17 August 2015 - 21 August 2015
duration 1 week
credits 1.5 ECTS
fee EUR 285

Live your passion to make a difference!

The Social Entrepreneurship Summer School at Maastricht University is designed to help you to kick-start your social venture. In this one-week programme you will develop a product or service idea that addresses a social (or ecological) problem into a concept for a social venture. Our approach is hands on, and rooted in the belief that anyone has entrepreneurial talents.
In this pressure cooker programme, you will experience and learn what it takes to transform crude ideas to address pressing social problems into a first draft for an actionable business plan. The aim is to gear you up for action: (social) entrepreneurship is not about dreaming it is about realising dreams.
This summer school combines workshops/lectures with a venture lab. This combination makes this summer school a valuable boot-camp for anyone interested to explore social entrepreneurship as a possible career option.
Many social entrepreneurs are driven to eradicate a specific social problem. Others are open to embrace any idea that would allow them to generate substantial social value. That is why the week will start with an ideation workshop helping you to generate product/service ideas that would create such value. You will then explore what business concepts and business models could be deployed to enact your product idea. You will also learn how you can rigorously review comparable solutions. Such competitive analysis will help you to further refine your product and/or business concept. Next you will be exploring what development and engineering needs to be done before your product can hit the market. The outcome of these efforts should be a first assessment of the resources needed to enact the proposed social venture and a first indication of the value that such an enactment could create. As such this summer school not only introduces you to three of the key processes of entrepreneurship that are also critical to social entrepreneurship: opportunity recognition, opportunity development and resource mobilization.
The mobilising of resources for social venturing some unique challenges as neither the entrepreneur nor investors/sponsors expect financial returns, instead they may seek to maximise social returns. Hence, it may be very important that you can articulate what and how much social value you envision to create.

The combination of interactive lectures, workshops and the venture lab provides an outstanding environment for your entrepreneurial talents to be unleashed and nurtured.
Social entrepreneurship shares many similarities with “regular” entrepreneurship, yet the desire to address social problems introduces several unique challenges that render social entrepreneurship into such an exciting and rewarding activity. As such, this summer school tends to attract participants with a very strong desire to make a difference to others.
More details on the course:

Course leader

Dr. ing. Wynand Bodewes

Target group

Business and economics students

Course aim

At the end of the week you will have learned:
•How you can match a pressing social need with a solution and ihow such a solution may result into a viable concept for a social venture that fits your qualities and ambitions. 

•Why social entrepreneurship is based on initiative, perseverance and reflection. 

•How the (likelihood of) success of a social venture can be increased.

Fee info

EUR 285: Course fee for Maastricht University students and € 385 for Maastricht University alumni. (Course plus course materials)
EUR 485: Course fee for students and alumni from universities other than Maastricht University. (Course plus course materials)


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