SBC-101 Principles of Social Innovation

This course provides the fundamental knowledge of social entrepreneurship drivers, characteristics of social ventures, social innovation through entrepreneurial actions. It enables students to improve their fieldwork performance in the first round of the Global Social Business Competition by providing them with a framework to better understand their target social problems and ideate solutions to effectively address the problems.


The complete evaluation of this course is divided into two parts. The first part is individual, and the second is a team assignment.

1) Individual evaluation. The individual evaluation is done on Throughout this course, there will be knowledge check questions or practice questions. All are auto-graded questions.

2) Group evaluation. The group evaluation is based on the teamwork on the SBC platform at and is evaluated on a 100 point-scale. Students can initiate a team or join an existing team to write a case study (less than ten pages) about a social innovation of a startup or an established business. The team is free to choose any topics relevant to the materials of this course (for example, consumerism, typology of social entrepreneurs, etc.). Members of this case writing team may be the same or different from the living lab of the competition.

Similar to essays, the case is evaluated based on (1) relevance, (2) coherence, (3) philosophical understanding of the topic, (4) power of argument, and (5) originality.

To receive the attestation for completing the course SBC101 “Principles of Social Innovation”, one needs to obtain a total of at least 60 in both the individual and group evaluations.

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