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Social Entrepreneurship

Bachelor of Science

Lynn+ Watson Institute

In collaboration with Watson Institute, a mission-driven program for young social entrepreneurs, Lynn's College of Business and Management offers a revolutionary Bachelor of Science in social entrepreneurship for the most promising next generation innovators, leaders and changemakers.

As one of a select few Watson Scholars, you can be part of a powerful community of peers that will support you and protect your courage as you work to solve the toughest social, economic and environmental challenges of our time.

You will also have the opportunity to:

  • Earn your degree, by majoring in your mission, in as little as three years.
  • Take courses inspired by Watson Institute’s award-winning methodology.
  • Connect with a powerful network of mentors and social entrepreneurs such as Jerry White, a leader of Nobel Prize-winning International Campaign to Ban Landmines; Tom Chi, who helped invent Google Glass and the self-driving car; and Erin Schrode, the youngest person to run for U.S. Congress.

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Step outside the classroom and enjoy hands-on learning opportunities and real-world experiences.

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Complete one three-week J-Term course and explore innovative ideas, topics and experiential learning.

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Social Impact Lab

Gain social impact training, take part in experiential learning opportunities and network with industry professionals.

Social entrepreneurship curriculum

In the social entrepreneurship program, you will gain the skills necessary to advance your ventures, maximize your positive impact in the world and trailblaze your path for future social impact. Since this program is offered in partnership with Watson University, you will have the flexibility to take the course in both Boca Raton, Florida, and Boulder, Colorado. Each semester is an intensive program in which you will receive weekly mentorship and coaching sessions, training in the hard skills and frameworks to take your ideas to the next level and a community of peers that will last far beyond Watson.

Course preview

WSE 101 Foundation
This program provides a foundation in 15 foundational hard skills necessary for starting a social enterprise: decision making with limited data, website design, strategic planning, time and goal management, market analysis and segmentation, turning ideas into opportunities, pivoting a venture, stages of venture evolution, verbal and written critical communications, networking and building alliances, founders agreement, personal soft-skills, evaluating your strengths and limitations, time and goal management, self-directed learning.

WSE 195 Practicum
This program provides a facilitated workshop space during which students are held accountable to semester, weekly and daily goals toward the development of their social enterprise. In addition to facilitated time focused on setting and achieving relevant goals, students form teams to work through specific challenges faced by their peers. Finally, students will go through intensive mentorship and individual meetings with both their faculty/coach and team of mentors.

Social entrepreneurship jobs

Students of the social entrepreneurship program have gone on to work with companies in the nonprofit, government and education industries. Here's a few companies where alumni have jobs or internships:

  • Frontier Innovators
  • VRVIU (Virtual Reality Media Company)
  • Crunchters
  • The Rees-Jones Foundation
  • Avazz
  • Amref Health Africa UK
  • New York Fire Department intergovernmental liaison
  • Americorps
  • Yale School of Public Health
  • University of Illinois Social Innovation Center
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