Rotman Social Entrepreneurship Course:
What kinds of social enterprises are eligible to participate?
Eligible organizations are those whose mission entails addressing a social problem (e.g. lack of access to financial services, environmental degradation, racial/ethnic discrimination, etc.). These organizations may be for-profit, not-for-profit, or have any other kind of funding structure.
Previous organizations have found they benefit most when they have a clear problem that would benefit from intensive, short-term research and analysis. Large, sprawling challenges are generally not a good fit. Concise, bounded challenges are better candidates. Students can offer most help for challenges related to finance, marketing, strategy, and organizational behavior.
How can I nominate my organization?
Submit a 1-page Statement of Interest to Prof. Laura Doering (email@example.com) by Oct 29, 2019: This document briefly describes your organization and the specific challenge for which you seek student support. If your organization and challenge seem like a good fit, Prof. Doering will schedule a meeting to discuss the collaboration and answer questions.
if selected, what do i need to do?
Provide a Documentation Package: Students can only address your challenge if they have all the information. Your organization will need to provide the documents students need to understand your organization and the challenge you face. These documents might include links to your website, annual reports, financial statements, etc. You can request that students sign confidentiality agreements if you provide sensitive information.
Commit to student contact: Students love interacting with organizational representatives. One or more members of your organization will need to meet with students during the course. The first meeting involves answering their questions in class; the second meeting involves attending an in-class presentation and responding to their proposed solutions.
Prof. Laura Doering