Social Entrepreneurship Certificate (S.E. Certificate)

With global and national supply chain disruption, we need to decide how best to progress as entrepreneurs and supporters of micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs). Acting locally is no longer a choice, but rather it is now our foundation within this new normal. Therefore, in harnessing regional support, we can center our entrepreneurial activities socially. Socially and humanely focused entrepreneurship is now our only option to continue to do the necessary work to create a flourishing new normal in our post-COVID-19 world.

This Global Certificate program will not only set you ahead because of its internationally renowned standing, but more so it will prepare you to engage with the inequalities in your local community from a global perspective. As globalization evolves to its post-COVID-19 form, it feels that we are now more connected than ever. Let us utilize this power of togetherness to learn best practices from the leading entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship researchers around the world while gaining the real skills to establish these social entrepreneurial ideas in our communities.

Are you an individual, entrepreneur, entrepreneurial group, or start-up? Are you interested in creating, funding, and implementing solutions to address social, environmental, and cultural issues in your community?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above, then you must register for the ICSB Global Social Entrepreneurship Certificate (ICSB Global SE). Support your current or future career by adding the ICSB Global SE certificate to your repertoire of entrepreneurship training. The global movement towards social distancing and confinement activities has slowed down the typical pace of business ventures, so take this moment to set yourself up for success by participating in this training. A sample module is available for review on YouTube (click here).

The ICSB Global Social Entrepreneurship Program now offers a unique in-person and online educational hybrid instruction model where participants can join in-person at different ICSB dedicated events. Alternatively, participants are able to engage with all the modules in a pre-recorded, online format.

Each ICSB Global SE certificate requires you to complete three (3) mandatory modules online followed by two (2) elective modules from the many provided. The ICSB Global SE certificate offers an invaluable experience of being able to interact with participants from across the globe and from a variety of experiential and knowledge backgrounds. ICSB brings over 60 years of knowledge to this certificate program.

Live Module Dates:

September 8 – 10 (12:00 PM – 1:30 PM EDT)


The ICSB Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Certificate Program I attended recently at George Washington University was highly informative, on-target in all ways, well-organized, interesting and spurred many ideas for both teaching and research. It was an excellent mix of classroom lectures and student interaction and field visits. The field visits provided three different types of practical entrepreneurship applications for a more diversified learning experience. Based on this experience, I highly recommend the ICSB entrepreneurship certificate program.

Linda Golden

Joseph H. Blades Professor of Risk Management, Professor in Marketing and in Business, Government and Society, McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin


Module One: Introduction to Global Social Entrepreneurship: Led Instructor: Dr. Tony Mendes

This module compares social entrepreneurship with traditional entrepreneurship, outlines the basic concepts of social entrepreneurship and summarizes social entrepreneurship concepts. An overview of new organizational options for social ventures and understanding how for-profit ventures can accomplish social good.

Module Two: Global Challenges and the UN Sustainable Development Goals: Led by Dr. Winslow Sargeant

This module examines the major components of sustainable development.  It looks at the topic of Micro, Small & Medium-size Enterprises, and the positive effect it can have on world economies, and the challenges for these MSME’s are explored in detail.

Module Three: Innovation and Opportunity Recognition for Social Enterprises

This module brings up the topics of innovation and creativity and how these are applied in social enterprises. The process of moving from problems to solution, with empathy, and the process of moving from solution to problems, with effectuation, is explored in depth. This module discusses the diffusion of innovation and social change and why innovation often does not get adopted.

Module Four: Running a Social Venture: Led by Dr. Jean-François Ouellet

This module addresses the major issue of deciding on a For-Profit or Not-for-Profit company model when setting up a social venture. It introduces the concept of a Social Business Canvas, which is a tool that lists questions to be asked when setting up a social venture.

Module Five: Social Innovation and the Community: Led by Dr. Roberto Parente

This module discusses the local community roles in a social innovation project.  Various leadership skills for successful implementation of social innovation in a community setting were discussed in depth.

Module Six: Marketing a Social Venture: Led by Dr. Jean-François Ouellet

The module examines marketing strategies on how to do focused marketing for a social venture. It examines the concepts of segments, various advertising strategies, and how to apply creativity in the social entrepreneurship marketplace.

Module Seven: How to Teach Social Entrepreneurship: Led by Drs. Tony Mendes and Ayman El Tarabishy

This module, which is hosted by Dr. El-Tarabishy and Dr. Mendes, examines the history of Social Entrepreneurship and the implications it has had historically. The module also gives concrete guidance to instructors on how to teach a Social Entrepreneurship course in a university setting.

Module Eight: B Corps and Government Regulations: Led by Dr. Winslow Sargeant

This module examines the effect of the 4th Industrial Revolution on economies worldwide and the effect it will have in particular on small businesses. Various government bodies and regulations are examined for the positive effects they can have on business formation and nurturing entrepreneurship in the US economy.

Module Nine: The Enterprising University: Led by Dr. Jeffrey Alves

This module examines how a university can adequately teach and prepare today’s students in our constantly changing and evolving society. The module examines the role of the community, a focus on service and a student centered model in the examination of a sample enterprising university.

Module Ten: The Role of Disruptive Technology: Led by Dr. Katia Passerini

This module examines disruptive technology and the destabilizing effect it can have on markets. It looks at the effect of social entrepreneurship and how it might open a path to disruptive innovation and bring a new workforce along.

Module Eleven: Global Profiles of Women’s Entrepreneurship: Led by Dr. Donna Kelley

This module describes how woman’s entrepreneurship can take different profiles across economics, regions, and economic development levels.  It examines ways in which women’s entrepreneurship may be promoted and supported. The module explains why and which women start businesses in different countries and identifies various challenges for women’s entrepreneurship in different economies.




Dr. Katia Passerini, Dean of the College of Professional Studies at St. John’s University (USA)



Dr. Winslow Sargeant, ICSB Senior Vice President of Partnerships and Development (USA)



Dr. Ayman El Tarabishy, Teaching Professor of Management - GW School of Business (USA)



Dr. Ki-Chan Kim, ICSB Past President and Professor at Catholic University (S. Korea)



Dr. Roberto Parente, Professor Universita' Di Salerno (Italy)



Dr. Paul Swiercz, Professor of Management - GW School of Business (USA)


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