Online course designed for high school students

Social Entrepreneurship: The Business of Helping Others

Do you have an entrepreneurial mindset and want to make a difference? Then this online course in social entrepreneurship is a must. Discover how social entrepreneurs get started, build a value proposition, find customers, identify problems, come up with solutions and create a team.

This course is ideal for future business majors, budding entrepreneurs and anyone with a social conscience.

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Program Dates

Multiple two- and four-week sessions


For students ages 13+



Learn how to do good by doing business

What is social entrepreneurship?

Learn how social entrepreneurship differs from philanthropy and nonprofits. Practice writing a value proposition: pick a favorite brand, identify its value prop, and write your own.

Know your audience

Understand how social entrepreneurs identify customers, and how they fit into the value proposition. Study a successful social venture. Determine how it serves its audience.

Identify pain points

Discover how social entrepreneurs target a problem. Use the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development, and list  5 problems in your community that social entrepreneurs could solve.

Be a creative problem solver

Explore how social entrepreneurs solve problems differently than nonprofits and charities. Create your own solution to a problem, describe how it is unique and test its validity.

How to build a social entrepreneurship team

Determine what skills and assets your team needs. Show how your value proposition works to guide problem solving. See how successful social entrepreneur teams accomplish goals.

Prepare for a future in social entrepreneurship

Topics covered in this course offer a good background for those thinking about pursuing a future in business, entrepreneurship or cause-related government or non-profit careers.

How You Will Benefit

Male student taking the entrepreneurship online course from Case Western Reserve

  • Discover how a social entrepreneurship differs from NGOs, charities, government programs and not-for-profit groups.
  • Be able to create a value proposition.
  • Identify the ideal customer for a social entrepreneurial business and the pain points your product or service addresses.
  • Know how to assemble a team of people you’ll need to ensure that you meet your goals.
  • Learn asynchronously: Lessons by your professors are delivered as videos so that you can tune in whenever your schedule allows—the ultimate in flexibility.
  • Earn a Certificate of Completion from Case Western Reserve University.

Apply Now for the Next Available Course

June 9 - June 23

Length: 2 weeks

Cost: $1,295.00

Application Deadline: Sunday, June 2, 2024

July 7 - July 21

Length: 2 weeks

Cost: $1,295.00

Application Deadline: Sunday, June 30, 2024

All course options, whether 2 or 4 weeks, have the identical educational content, learning materials, and number of assignments. The difference in length of course is due to time of year (not amount of instruction). We know the school year keeps you busy, so we’ve made the course longer during that time so that you can get assignments done.

3 Learning Advantages Designed for You

Flexible Learning

  • 100% online, works with your schedule
  • 20 to 25 hours of total instruction and course work, including engaging multimedia, simulations, and curated assignments for which you will receive guidance and support
  • A flexible format: You’ll learn through engaging video and can tune in anytime that works for you.
  • Engage with students from around the world


You’ll receive guidance from a mentor who can answer questions and provide support throughout the course. You can expect: 

  • Encouragement and direction on all assignments
  • Inspiration, motivation and confidence to help you succeed
  • Brainstorming to help as you prepare for your final project

Final Project

The course culminates in a final project in which you will 

  • Create a value proposition for your own Social Entrepreneurship
  • Be able to analyze the value propositions in the social entrepreneurships we’ve studied 
  • Get feedback from your mentors on your work
  • Use video, text, or a presentation to complete your project

Course Designed by Case Western Reserve University

Michael Goldberg | Entrepreneurship Course Instructor | Case Western Reserve

Michael Goldberg

Associate Professor, Design & Innovation

Goldberg is an experienced venture capitalist and entrepreneur whose teaching is focused on the fields of entrepreneurship and early-stage finance. Goldberg is an associate professor of design and innovation at Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management. Goldberg is also the inaugural executive director of the university’s Veale Institute for Entrepreneurship.

Megan Buchter | Entrepreneurship Course Instructor | Case Western Reserve

Megan Buchter

Director, Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit 

Buchter has been part of the Fowler Center for over 10 years, first as a student volunteer while pursuing her Case Western Reserve undergraduate degree in economics where she participated in the Second Global Forum for Business as an Agent of World Benefit held in June 2009. Then, Megan returned to the Fowler Center as a graduate assistant while completing her Weatherhead School of Management MBA. During that time, she was named one of the inaugural Fowler Family Fellows, supporting the Third Global Forum and co-authoring the teaching case "Food Donation Connection: Profitably Scaling Food Waste Reduction."

Course Mentors

Patrick | Entrepreneurship Course Mentor


CWRU undergraduate majoring in business management.

Kelly | Entrepreneurship Course Mentor


Undergraduate at CWRU studying economics and chemical biology with minors in medical anthropology and public health. Member of the Resident Hall Association, Period (advocates for menstrual equality), and the Advocates for Cleveland Health.

How to Apply

It’s easy. No transcripts or letters of recommendation are required. Just provide some basic information and tell us why you wish to take this program.

Note: Please submit all application materials in English.

Begin the guided process. It should take only a few minutes of your time to answer the questions.

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Frequently asked questions

How will you be graded? What are assignments like? Are there required materials? How much time do you get to turn around a project? When do you found out if you're accepted?

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We offer need-based pre-college program scholarships in each cohort to students who need assistance with the program cost. The scholarship application is a part of the overall program application. 

If you would like to be considered for a scholarship but you:

The University reserves the right to modify the course as may become necessary.