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GreenHouse offers two courses in social innovation and social entrepreneurship.  These courses can be used as electives to customize your degree or counted towards the Minor in Entrepreneurship offered by the Conrad School of Entrepreneurship and Business.

Learn more about how our SVENT courses can help you get started on exploring your purpose, taking action and creating impact on issues you care about. Check out our student testimonials and course descriptions below.

SVENT 225: Fundamentals of Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship

This course is open to all students interested in social innovation and social entrepreneurship. The course explores the theory and practice related to the management of socially responsible innovation and entrepreneurship. It looks at social innovation as a process, and walks students through the steps involved in creating viable and impactful innovations. While there is an emphasis on classroom learning to develop the knowledge base required to be successful in social innovation, a large portion of the class will focus on experiential learning through building and testing new initiatives. Success in the course is not tied to the success of the initiatives, but rather how the experience can be summarized, articulated and applied in other contexts.

The learning outcomes for SVENT 225 are:

1. Improved understanding of the processes and milestones related to social innovation and social entrepreneurship

2. Experience completing milestones associated with the early stages of developing a social venture

3. Improved development, understanding and reflection on the skills and mindset associated with innovation and entrepreneurship

Offered in Fall/Winter/Spring

Check out the SVENT 225 Instructor Introduction and Student Experience Videos below

SVENT 325:  Leading a social venture

This course is reserved for students with a demonstrated commitment to social innovation and experiential learning. SVENT 325 is a Student-Led Individually Created Course (SLICC), which is unlike most other courses at the University of Waterloo. The course instructor defines the learning outcomes. Then, each student proposes a custom plan for how they will achieve those outcomes through a set of entrepreneurial experiences and reflections. Instead of lecturing, the instructor provides mentorship and coaching as each student works through the course they have created for themselves. 

The nature of the course allows students to create and define their own learning experiences and to engage in learning for learning's sake. The experiences students engage in are directly related to entrepreneurship and social innovation.

Offered in Fall/Winter/Spring

Prerequisite: Permission from the instructor

Check out the SVENT 325 Instructor Introduction and Student Experience Videos below

Need help selecting a SVENT course? Contact Brendan Wylie Toal for questions or advice.



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