Fall 2014 Social Enterprise Institute Course Offerings

ENTR 2206: Global Social Enterprise

For­merly known as “Social Entrepreneurship”

Designed to pro­vide stu­dents with an in-depth expo­sure to entre­pre­neur­ship in the social sec­tor, a rapidly grow­ing seg­ment of the global econ­omy. Uses the case method to expose stu­dents to lead­ing entre­pre­neurs who have devel­oped and imple­mented busi­ness mod­els to solve social prob­lems such as extreme poverty, dis­ease, illit­er­acy, and eco­nomic and social dis­lo­ca­tion. Focuses on uniquely cre­ative and dri­ven peo­ple who have ded­i­cated their lives to mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in the lives of oth­ers through values-based entrepreneurship. 

ENTR 3210: Social Impact Invest­ing: Con­nect­ing Cap­i­tal and Compassion

Stud­ies the investors, entre­pre­neurs, and enter­prises com­pris­ing the global impact invest­ing uni­verse. Social impact invest­ing is a rapidly emerg­ing sec­tor within the global invest­ment com­mu­nity in which investors fund inno­v­a­tive enter­prises ded­i­cated to cre­atively solv­ing the world’s most dif­fi­cult social prob­lems, such as extreme poverty, access to clean water, san­i­ta­tion, agri­cul­tural pro­duc­tiv­ity, and lit­er­acy. His­tor­i­cally, these ini­tia­tives were orga­nized as non­prof­its or char­i­ties and received fund­ing from dona­tions and grants from foun­da­tions and gov­ern­ment agen­cies. Today, many social entre­pre­neurs are instead using for-profit and hybrid busi­ness mod­els to attract invest­ment cap­i­tal in the form of equity invest­ments, loans, and other forms of so-called patient cap­i­tal. Offers stu­dents an oppor­tu­nity to develop a prac­ti­cal, real-world, and sus­tain­able impact invest­ing portfolio.

ENTR 4506: Advanced Stud­ies in Social Enterprise

Focuses on a sin­gle devel­op­ing coun­try. Offers an oppor­tu­nity to ana­lyze the role of socially-driven entre­pre­neur­ship or “social impact enter­prises” (SIEs) in alle­vi­at­ing poverty and its symp­toms (for exam­ple, dis­ease, illit­er­acy and chronic unem­ploy­ment) in that coun­try. To pre­pare for an inten­sive field expe­ri­ence work­ing with local SIEs on one or more hands-on projects, stu­dents have an oppor­tu­nity to study the his­tory, pol­i­tics, and devel­op­ment of the coun­try, with an empha­sis on the role that private-sector ini­tia­tives have played and hope to play in address­ing wide­spread poverty and with a focus on the fail­ures and suc­cesses in eco­nomic and busi­ness devel­op­ment, eco­nomic growth, and poverty alle­vi­a­tion. Offers stu­dents an oppor­tu­nity to develop a plan for a micro-investment strat­egy focused on these and/or sim­i­lar busi­nesses and orga­ni­za­tions hav­ing a sig­nif­i­cant social impact in a devel­op­ing country. 

New Fac­ulty

Sara Minard, Ph.D

Exec­u­tive Pro­fes­sor, Assis­tant Aca­d­e­mic Specialist

Dr. C. Sara Minard is a socio-economist, lec­turer, writer, devel­op­ment prac­ti­tioner and pol­icy ana­lyst with 15 years of expe­ri­ence work­ing in the areas of eco­nomic devel­op­ment pol­icy, market-based approaches to devel­op­ment, design meth­ods for devel­op­ment prac­tice, social entre­pre­neur­ship, social finance, and pro­gram design, mon­i­tor­ing and eval­u­a­tion. Before join­ing North­east­ern, Dr. Minard taught for five years in the Eco­nomic and Polit­i­cal Devel­op­ment con­cen­tra­tion at Colum­bia University’s School of Inter­na­tional and Pub­lic Affairs (SIPA) where she launched the school’s first courses in social entre­pre­neur­ship for devel­op­ment and social enter­prise in India, and taught the core courses in meth­ods for development practice.

Prior to Colum­bia, Dr. Minard’s eco­nomic pol­icy research exper­tise includes five years at the OECD (Paris) lead­ing research and pol­icy dia­logues on pri­vate sec­tor devel­op­ment, infor­mal econ­omy and pol­icy coher­ence for devel­op­ment in 18 coun­tries in West Africa, and con­sul­tan­cies with the World Bank, IFC and UN agen­cies where she has designed strate­gies on socially respon­si­ble invest­ing and bank­ing, as well as pol­icy strate­gies for cre­at­ing enabling envi­ron­ments for social enter­prise, includ­ing the tools for social impact assess­ment and report­ing. She serves as the Chair of Colum­bia University’s Advi­sory Edu­ca­tion Sub-Committee on Socially Respon­si­ble Invest­ing and sits on sev­eral social enterprise boards

Dr. Minard earned her PhD in Eco­nom­ics from Sci­ences Po in Paris (high­est hon­ors) and a dual-degree Mas­ters in Inter­na­tional and Pub­lic Affairs from Columbia/SIPA and Sci­ences Po. She is flu­ent in French, Span­ish and Wolof, and served as a Peace Corps Vol­un­teer in Senegal.