ESI Student Innovation Programme's Short Course: Social Entrepreneurship

Friday, August 25, 2023
SSE Riga

The Stockholm School of Economics in Riga, within the framework of the ESI student innovation program, invites students to join its short education course 'Social Entrepreneurship'. The duration of the course is seven days. It will start on August 25, 2023. Applications are open till August 23, 2023.

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The course will be taught by Dr Paulami Mitra (IESEG School of Management, FR) and Regita Zeiļa (Latvian Social Entrepreneurship Association, LV).

“Social enterprise models combine the financial discipline of market capitalism with the passion and compassion required to create a more fair and just world.” – Hilde Schwab, Chairperson and Co-founder, Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship.

Today’s crisis brings our financial, economic and governance systems to an unprecedented amount of challenges. The whole world is facing strong socio-political uncertainty and societal distrust, while the acceleration of climate and demographic changes are demanding drastic political, cultural and technological (r)evolution. Overall, in this course, we will engage in reflecting and thinking critically about the role and purpose of social entrepreneurship.

Along the course, students’ questioning about their perceptions, aspirations and future role as potential ‘social’ entrepreneurs, responsible leaders and/or change champions in organizations and society will be fostered. The course lays down the central idea that responsible leadership and decision-making are essential in different types of businesses and at all levels of the enterprise to develop activities that meet current and future societal needs and expectations to create a positive impact.

This course will be based on three main elements:

  • Interactive lessons, complemented by readings (readings will be provided by the professor)
  • Individual work, reflection and opinion sharing through class discussions
  • Group work on several topics inside and outside the class

The course will grant every student 3 ECTS, and it is open to all students from partner Universities (RGSL, LMA & RTA) with no prerequisites for entry. Students from non-partner Universities must provide proof that attending the course will not interfere with their regular studies. Non-students must have attained at least EQF Level 4 qualification.

Students need to be physically present at the lectures and commit to teamwork (unless alternative arrangements are made with the course convenor). The course will start on August 25 and will run for seven days. It will be hosted at the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga premises. The course will be held in English.

More detailed information about the course you can find in the course outline.

In order to join the course, the following questionnaire should be filled in.


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The program is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund and supported by SEB Latvia and RIMI Baltic. The program is organized by the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga, Riga Graduate School of Law, Latvian Academy of Arts, Rēzekne Academy of Technology, Techhub Riga, and other industry partners. Project number: