Social Entrepreneurship

Course Description:

The tenet of social entrepreneurship is that by viewing social problems through an entrepreneurial lens, one can identify new opportunities to launch ventures and organizations that address these problems in a more effective and sustained way. 

Social entrepreneurs aspire to addresses social problems in a more efficient manner. They respond to unmet or poorly met societal needs by utilizing diverse resources and developing capacities geared toward addressing critical social challenges such as poverty, inequality, and environmental change and/or the systemic change of the social, economic, and institutional structures that cause social problems.  

The promise of social change through social entrepreneurship places the concept on the agendas of international organizations, governments, corporations, non-profit organizations, and academia, who promote its development from both a practical and theoretical standpoint through various initiatives. As a result of this move, there is a proliferation of approximations in its theoretical understanding, as well as the emergence of initiatives from all sectors of society to encourage the creation of a greater number of social ventures and initiatives, particularly in contexts marked by exclusion, marginalization, and poverty. 

The aim of this course is to combine a conceptual  understanding of the notions surrounding social entrepreneurship and social innovation, with a practical insight based on real-world initiatives (cases of success as well as failed ones). Thereby gaining a holistic view on the main building blocks of social entrepreneurship and the way it can be fostered for better impact and scale. 

Course completion and estimated workload: 

The course is completed once you fulfill the course requirements and pass the assignments and the oral exam. Your coursebook will also include the explanation of resit options.  

The estimated workload is 60 hours, with 10-15 hours per week and 10-15 hours per assignments/oral exam. 

ECTS equivalence: 2 

Participants will receive 2 ECTS equivalence credits and the certification will be offered through an online educational badge. 


Group based participation EUR 500,-
Individual participation: EUR 600,- 

Duration: 10 weeks 

You will be enrolled for 10 weeks, including 1 week to access the platform and become familiar with the materials, 4 weeks of coursework, 2 weeks to do the oral exam and 3 weeks for potential resit time.

Starting date and enrolment: 

Deadline Application  Course Start Date 
28 August  11 September 
15 January  29 January 
18 March 1 April 


Upon a successful enrollment, every participant will start the course immediately after the acquisition of the course materials. Your tutor will reach out to you to agree on a timeline. 

Please note that we will close the group registrations at 10 participants, based on first paid first serve rule. We will identify the full groups on the application website. 

For individual participation, please agree with your tutor on your preferred schedule during your first exchange. 


You can register for the certificate programme via the application form by clicking on the “Apply Now” button on the left side of this page.


To pay the tuition fee, please make the transfer to the following account. Upon payment, you will be registered as a student and contacted by your tutor. Please note that we need to receive the payment by the application deadline. On average, it takes 1-2 weeks between your transfer of funds and us receiving it. 

Bank account no. 
IBAN  NL05 INGB 0657 618705 
Swift or BIC code  INGBNL2A 
Beneficiary  Maastricht University 
Bank name  ING Business Banking 
Bank address  P.O. Box 90153 
  5600 RE  Eindhoven 
  The Netherlands 
Payment specification  your last name and 45320002001N 

Tutor: Shuan SadreGhazi