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Master Seminar: "Seminar Social Entrepreneurship"

30.08.2018 – 05.10.2018

"Scaling Impact Internationally"

Important Note: When choosing your seminars, please remember that you can only take one seminar in the Innovation XII module to complete the module, as each module can only be selected once.

About SEA:lab:

Ever since Bill Drayton coined the term “Social Entrepreneurship” in the 1970s, ventures focused on solving societal challenges have both grown in number and become increasingly successful. From Muhammad Yunus’ Grameen Danone, to Munich-based Polarstern Energie, and Recup, social enterprises seek to create economic and societal value. Social entrepreneurship leads to the establishment of such social enterprises by identifying a social problem, recognizing an opportunity for a corresponding solution, and creating an enterprise for implementing the solution and effecting transformative change.1
SEA:lab provides interested master-level students an opportunity to learn about social entrepreneurship through active engagement with existing social enterprises seeking to scale their operations and impact internationally. With societal challenges engendering a transdisciplinary problem, students across disciplines are invited to participate in the seminar, where teams will be instructed in the principles of social entrepreneurship. Students will participate in five blocked sessions and actively collaborate with one of five successful existing social enterprises towards solving a critical challenge in scaling their social impact internationally. The seminar is a joint initiative by the Social Entrepreneurship Akademie (SEA), the Technical University Munich (TUM), Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) Munich, and the Munich University of Applied Sciences (“Hochschule München”, HM).

What you will learn:

- What social entrepreneurship and social enterprises are;
- What impact means across businesses and sectors;
- How to identify, understand, and solve a critical challenge faced by a real social enterprise seeking to maximize impact;
- How to consult for clients from the social impact sector;
- How to work in a diverse team;
…all while earning 6 ECTS points.

How you will work:

You will…
- …learn about theories, frameworks, methods, and techniques relevant to social entrepreneurship and your project in each of the five scheduled course sessions;
- …work in small teams (maximally five students per team) on a challenge faced by a social venture;
- …conduct the project autonomously (i.e., YOU are the driver of the project and responsible for a successful outcome) and assist the partnered social venture as a consultant with a final presentation at the end of the semester and a written report detailing the recommended actions;
- …work in an English course environment (i.e., lectures and course materials are in English, and you will develop the presentation and report in English).

Course Instructors and Staff:

Prof. Oliver Alexy Professor for Strategic Entrepreneurship, TU Munich
Prof. Wolfgang Gehra Professor for Social Management and PR, Co-Head of Management Social Innovation, Hochschule München
Prof. Jelena Spanjol Professor and Head, Institute for Innovation Management (IIM), LMU Munich
Anne Dörner Head of Social Start-up Coaching and Consulting, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Social Entrepreneurship Akademie (SEA)
Dr. Sebastian Planck Head of Qualification, Social Entrepreneurship Akademie (SEA)

Formal course requirements:

- Mandatory participation in all five course meetings (given they feature presentation elements and project work);
- Mandatory status updates with your coaches (assigned in the 1st course meeting) around the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th course meeting;
- Final examination consists of two components, each carrying 50% of the final course grade: (1) a 15-minute presentation during the 5th course meeting and (2) a final report of ca. 22,200 characters due exactly four weeks after the 5th course meeting. (Additional details will be provided during the course.)

How to register:

Fill out the application form by October 1, 2018. You will be notified of the outcome by October 5, 2018, at which point you will need to confirm your participation.

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