This course will focus on identifying opportunities to use entrepreneurship to solve social and environmental problems and how to launch and scale a business with a social mission. The course will provide tools and resources for students interested in launching a business with a social mission, joining a business with a social mission, or becoming an impact investor in social ventures. The course will provide a road map and use case studies, site visits, and speakers to explore: identification and assessment of a viable idea; development of a business plan; marketing, sales and fundraising; mission-aligned board development and management teams; and financial plans. Students should be prepared to give a pitch in the first class either on a business idea which addresses a social or environmental problem, or on their interests and expertise in order to join another venture team participating in the class.
Ron Gonen was a Columbia Business School faculty member from to 2016.