Social Entrepreneurship

Responsable du cours : Florian Hoos

Objectives and teaching method

This seminar familiarizes you with the emerging field of social entrepreneurship and provides you with skills in terms of how to develop, manage and realize a social entrepreneurship project. Besides a brief overview of different understandings of social entrepreneurship, this seminar focuses on experiential learning in cooperation with social entrepreneurs.

You will work in teams on a current societal issue that will be introduced by at the beginning of the course. Your job is to develop an idea and propose a solution to this issue within your team and be able to present your solution to a qualified jury. During our seminar, you will gain hands-on experience on how to develop this idea for a first “pitch presentation”. Accordingly, the main output of our seminar will be a project idea presentation that should have the quality to survive “in the real-world” when presented to decision-makers such as a consulting client, funders or partners.

Teaching method

During the seminar, emphasis is placed on group work, moderated discussions and the acquisition of the social entrepreneur’s skill set. In particular, this seminar aims to provide students with:
- a general appreciation of contemporary social entrepreneurial trends and developments
- best practices, successes and failures, opportunities and constraints in developing new social businesses/initiatives
- an opportunity to obtain hands-on experience in working on a social and entrepreneurial project and promoting own ideas
- the opportunity for improvement in terms of presentation and communication skills

Seminar modules

Our social entrepreneurship seminar is organized along different modules:

1) Introduction to social entrepreneurship: What it means and what it does not mean.
This module examines different definitions related to the emerging field of social entrepreneurship and sets out the basic framework for our seminar. It also presents different approaches to social entrepreneurship. Furthermore, a social entrepreneur will present a current societal issue and act as “your client” who will ask you to develop an idea of how to solve this problem during our seminar.

2) Social mission and strategic planning
This module examines how to develop a mission that guides your strategic planning, establish a long-term planning and choose the right legal format for your social initiative.

3) The (social) business plan and examples of social business models
This module describes how to develop a (social) business plan, its key elements and provides you with some “real life” examples.

4) Learning from practical examples
This module examines case studies on best practices, successes and failures of social businesses. It will mainly be based on “real life” cases and on the experience of guest speakers.

5) Final presentations of group work, discussion and feedback


Final presentation (group assignment): 80 %
During the last session of the seminar, each student team has to present its project idea to respond to the social entrepreneur’s request. The final grade for this assignment takes into account the group performance (no individual grades will be given).

Please note the following regarding group assignments:
a. The ability to function effectively in your teams is a key to learning in this seminar. You are expected to take care of the rules that you developed for your group work.
b. I will normally assume that each member has contributed a fair share to each assignment. Therefore, grades typically will not vary among team members.
c. If the assumption that every team member contributed a fair share seems to be breaking down in your team, please first discuss the problem with your team members immediately. If no quick resolution is reached, contact the instructor without further delay. Only written complaints are actionable.

Participation and progress (individual assignment): 20 %

Grades that will be assigned to individuals take the quality (NOT the quantity) of class participation and the contribution to the student group’s success into account. It also takes into account the individual performance during the final presentation.


Course material and readings will be sent to you whenever necessary by your instructor.
I look forward to our seminar! Have a good start into your semester.

Florian Hoos
Assistant Professor at HEC Paris

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