SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP CERTIFICATE

Real-Life Projects. Positive Impact.

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The Social Entrepreneurship Certificate runs in parallel to the academic programme and follows a project-based learning approach where students are empowered to implement viable solutions to a real-world challenge (education, health, poverty, gender equality, responsible consumption, inequalities…).

It is dedicated to students who want to complement their academic development with a concrete experience in which they will have a positive impact on an issue they care about.

30 ECTS

Expectations and benefits

Students are expected to:

  • Spend five to ten hours per week across the duration of the programme
  • Work in teams of three to five students coming from different academic backgrounds
  • Follow a design-thinking approach that will lead them towards innovative solutions with the support of Forward faculty

At the end of the programme, they will be evaluated on:

  • The impact of their project based on a rigorous assessment
  • Their journey: how they make sense of the different steps they went through, including the failed attempts that are part of the learning process
  • Their skills development

Evaluation is performed by Forward Faculty and external juries of experts during formal pitch sessions for which students are specifically trained. They will have gained:

  • A concrete experience to share with future recruiters
  • First hand understanding of societal and sustainability issues
  • Basic social sciences research skills
  • A set of core entrepreneurial skills and mindset

Certificate structure

The design of the programme is based on five steps that echo the approach to real-world problem-solving of social issues:

Discover: explore the variety of social challenges the world is facing and how social innovation can make a positive contribution.

Set-up: build your team with peers who share the same aspiration, and refine the problem to which you wish to make a contribution.

Design: deepen your understanding of the problem and create a viable solution. This follows a 5 step process.

Plan: create milestones to guide and track delivery of the solution then implement your plan.

Optimise: iterate between implementation, improvements of your solution, and evaluation of its impact.

Zoom on the design phase

Emphasize

Engage with your target group to understand their needs.

Define

Bring clarity and focus to the design space. The goal is to craft a meaningful and actionable problem statement.

Ideate

Concentrate on idea generation. Push for a widest possible range of ideas then vote for the two or three best.

Prototype

Generate simple & easy-to-make artifacts (e.g., mockups, storyboards…) to prepare for the testing phase. Fail fast, iterate quickly.

Test

Solicit feedback from the target group and listen to what they say. Create a scenario in a location that would capture the real-world situation.

Teaching & learning activities

Each step to gaining the certificate is divided into one-to-three-week assignments that teams are expected to complete to progress.

Each assignment (for instance: “perform a quantitative survey of your target group”) follows the same sequence:

  • Students are expected to explore the learning material communicated by the faculty corresponding to the assignment
  • Students attend a small group seminar and/or workshop to discuss how to implement the tools, methods, and concepts from the learning material to be used to complete the assignment
  • Each team shares with its Faculty a two-to-four week plan to complete the assignment (milestones, task definition and assignment to individual members…)
  • Each team implements its plan while adjusting to circumstances with the support of the faculty
  • The assignment is completed by a team debriefing session with the faculty member to check advancement, explore, bring corrective measures, and reflect on progress and challenges

Skills development

Along the way, you will gain strong project management skills and acquire a set of core business techniques essential to your future career:

Observation & Data Analysis

  • Literature review
  • Interviewing
  • Surveying (Qual & Quant)

Market analysis

  • Market analysis & targeting
  • Benchmarking

Budget and performance

  • Budgeting
  • Controlling & Performance Mgt

Team work & Project Mgt

  • Group dynamics
  • Team Work
  • Project management

Negotiation & Influence

  • Active listening
  • Co-design

Communication & Networking

  • Communication strategy
  • Oral Present

Strategy and Decision making

  • Problem solving
  • Opportunity screening
  • Scope & Goal setting

The Social Entrepreneurship Certificate runs in parallel to the academic programme and follows a project-based learning approach where students are empowered to implement viable solutions to a real-world challenge (education, health, poverty, gender equality, responsible consumption, inequalities…).

It is dedicated to students who want to complement their academic development with a concrete experience in which they will have a positive impact on an issue they care about.

30 ECTS

Expectations and benefits

Students are expected to:

  • Spend five to ten hours per week across the duration of the programme
  • Work in teams of three to five students coming from different academic backgrounds
  • Follow a design-thinking approach that will lead them towards innovative solutions with the support of Forward faculty

At the end of the programme, they will be evaluated on:

  • The impact of their project based on a rigorous assessment
  • Their journey: how they make sense of the different steps they went through, including the failed attempts that are part of the learning process
  • Their skills development

Evaluation is performed by Forward Faculty and external juries of experts during formal pitch sessions for which students are specifically trained. They will have gained:

  • A concrete experience to share with future recruiters
  • First hand understanding of societal and sustainability issues
  • Basic social sciences research skills
  • A set of core entrepreneurial skills and mindset

Certificate structure

The design of the programme is based on five steps that echo the approach to real-world problem-solving of social issues:

Discover: explore the variety of social challenges the world is facing and how social innovation can make a positive contribution.

Set-up: build your team with peers who share the same aspiration, and refine the problem to which you wish to make a contribution.

Design: deepen your understanding of the problem and create a viable solution. This follows a 5 step process.

Plan: create milestones to guide and track delivery of the solution then implement your plan.

Optimise: iterate between implementation, improvements of your solution, and evaluation of its impact.

Zoom on the design phase

Emphasize

Engage with your target group to understand their needs.

Define

Bring clarity and focus to the design space. The goal is to craft a meaningful and actionable problem statement.

Ideate

Concentrate on idea generation. Push for a widest possible range of ideas then vote for the two or three best.

Prototype

Generate simple & easy-to-make artifacts (e.g., mockups, storyboards…) to prepare for the testing phase. Fail fast, iterate quickly.

Test

Solicit feedback from the target group and listen to what they say. Create a scenario in a location that would capture the real-world situation.

Teaching & learning activities

Each step to gaining the certificate is divided into one-to-three-week assignments that teams are expected to complete to progress.

Each assignment (for instance: “perform a quantitative survey of your target group”) follows the same sequence:

  • Students are expected to explore the learning material communicated by the faculty corresponding to the assignment
  • Students attend a small group seminar and/or workshop to discuss how to implement the tools, methods, and concepts from the learning material to be used to complete the assignment
  • Each team shares with its Faculty a two-to-four week plan to complete the assignment (milestones, task definition and assignment to individual members…)
  • Each team implements its plan while adjusting to circumstances with the support of the faculty
  • The assignment is completed by a team debriefing session with the faculty member to check advancement, explore, bring corrective measures, and reflect on progress and challenges

Skills development

Along the way, you will gain strong project management skills and acquire a set of core business techniques essential to your future career:

Observation & Data Analysis

  • Literature review
  • Interviewing
  • Surveying (Qual & Quant)

Market analysis

  • Market analysis & targeting
  • Benchmarking

Budget and performance

  • Budgeting
  • Controlling & Performance Mgt

Team work & Project Mgt

  • Group dynamics
  • Team Work
  • Project management

Negotiation & Influence

  • Active listening
  • Co-design

Communication & Networking

  • Communication strategy
  • Oral Present

Strategy and Decision making

  • Problem solving
  • Opportunity screening
  • Scope & Goal setting
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