Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship
Last offered in 2009-2010
Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship examines the challenges of starting, counseling and funding an early stage social venture through the eyes of the entrepreneur, investor, attorney and community leader. It explores the intricacies of managing and sustaining growth, the changing role of corporate governance, and leveraging private sector partnerships and resources. It also explores innovative public / private sector partnerships and the challenges and opportunities of engaging diverse partners with differing agendas. The course includes guest speakers from the fields of law and business assisting organizations as well the practitioners who run them. Throughout, students explore the valuable roles that attorneys can and have played in such ventures. Student teams partner with local area law firms and/or social enterpreneurs to solve legal challenges that are facing some of Silicon Valley's leading non-profits. Teams attempt to create solutions that are practical in application and ultimately enhance programmatic efficiency without inhibiting the organization's growth and flexibility.