Social Entrepreneurship in the Non-Profit Sector Be ready to launch your social enterprise. Learn in a hands-on environment with social entrepreneurs and community leaders as your mentors.

General information

Program code
2 Semesters (1 Year)
Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2018 Orillia

Program description

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.

Admission information

Admission requirements

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


View the Social Entrp: Non-Profit Sectr articulations on the Credit Transfer Centre page.


Mandatory Courses

  • BNTR1005 Marketing Innovations and Planning
  • BNTR1011 Research and Concept Validation
  • SENP1000 Personal, Organizational and Community Leadership for Change
  • SENP1001 Social Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation Perspectives
  • SENP1002 Managing Social Enterprises in the Nonprofit Sector
  • SENP1003 Design Thinking and Ideation
  • SENP1004 Financial Sustainability in the Nonprofit Sector
  • SENP1005 Measuring, Evaluating and Scaling Social Enterprise
  • SENP1006 Business Planning for Social Enterprises in the Nonprofit Sector

Practical Experiences

  • SENP1007 Field Study Practicum
  • SENP1008 Social Entrepreneurship Launch Pad