Social Entrepreneurship in the Non-profit Sector

Program: SENP
Credential: Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Delivery: Part-time - Online
Work Integrated Learning: 2 Field Placements
Length: 2 Semesters
Duration: 504 hours
Effective: Fall 2017
Location: Orillia


Social Entrepreneurship has emerged as a valuable framework for community development and nonprofit sustainability. It has significantly influenced the nonprofit sector resulting in innovative practices that advance social, environmental and/or cultural missions. Social entrepreneurial practices contribute to the financial sustainability while meeting a need in the marketplace through the sale of goods and services. Social entrepreneurship is a mindset that drives nonprofits to revolutionize traditional supports and services and influence social, environmental and/or cultural change in our local and global communities.

Social entrepreneurs, community leaders and program peers mentor student innovators in building a social enterprise business plan as well as navigating the complexities associated with the management of social enterprise ventures within the nonprofit sector.

Career Opportunities

Social entrepreneurs have the opportunity to revolutionize the nonprofit sector, public and private organizations. Potential roles for social entrepreneurs include social enterprise manager, business developer, community developer, social entrepreneur, community mobilizer, project manager, and social innovation manager.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • align leadership style to manage personal, organizational and community change;
  • employ creativity and innovation strategies through the design thinking and ideation processes;
  • apply basic entrepreneurial strategies to identify and respond to new local and global opportunities in non-profits and communities;
  • develop social programs to foster positive social, environmental and/or cultural change in the community;
  • incorporate best practices in the plan, development and implementation of social programs and enterprises;
  • select and Implement effective administrative and business skills to manage a social enterprise within the context of a non-profit organization;
  • design a business plan for a social enterprise that incorporates research, finance, and marketing elements.

Admission Requirements

Minimum of a two-year College diploma or equivalent; a three-year diploma or a university degree is preferred.

Graduation Requirements

9 Mandatory Courses
2 Practical Experiences

Graduation Eligibility

To graduate from this program, a student must attain a minimum of 60% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester. The passing weighted average for promotion through each semester and to graduate is 60%.


Mandatory Courses
BNTR 1005Marketing Innovations and Planning
BNTR 1011Research and Concept Validation
SENP 1000Personal, Organizational and Community Leadership for Change
SENP 1001Social Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation Perspectives
SENP 1002Managing Social Enterprises in the Nonprofit Sector
SENP 1003Design Thinking and Ideation
SENP 1004Financial Sustainability in the Nonprofit Sector
SENP 1005Measuring, Evaluating and Scaling Social Enterprise
SENP 1006Business Planning for Social Enterprises in the Nonprofit Sector
Practical Experiences
SENP 1007Field Study Practicum
SENP 1008Social Entrepreneurship Launch Pad

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