Building successful impact ventures
Social entrepreneurship and impact business are part of a fast-growing movement that applies business tools to find sustainable solutions to neglected problems at all levels of society. Proponents of this approach develop and deploy innovative solutions to improve their communities and the world in which we live.
The INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship Programme (ISEP), launched in 2006, is the global business education leader in this dynamic field. By integrating cutting-edge theory and practice for impact business with the deep academic knowledge of INSEAD faculty and expert practitioners, ISEP has demonstrated the potential to create social and economic value through collaboration among entrepreneurs, companies, investors and an engaged public sector. High-impact social ventures thrive when leaders share ideas, innovations and experiences.
ISEP creates a unique opportunity to focus on the business skills and frameworks that enable entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs to build support among stakeholders and attract the investors needed to grow ventures to scale and maximise impact. Case studies, many developed by INSEAD faculty, provide a platform to analyse the uniquely complex issues and challenges faced by impact business leaders.
ISEP also delivers value over the long term. The network of graduates, numbering more than 700 in over 80 countries, is a dynamic community of impact business, sustainability and social enterprise leaders. Ongoing exchange, through online collaboration, regular meetings and support, serves as a foundation for further research and understanding of the field, which benefits all ISEP participants – past, present and future.
How you benefit
- Understand your impact. Examine the role that impact venture leaders seek to play in their business and society and the key challenges that they face
- Develop your leadership and management skills. Build your leadership, organisational and negotiation skills to manage a growing social enterprise or impact venture
- Strengthen your tool kit. Apply business tools to empower communities and leverage markets to achieve sustainability and social impact
- Join a dynamic global network of leaders pioneering social innovation, impact and best practices.
This programme is open to entrepreneurs and executives from companies or organisations involved in furthering the common good.
Candidates should hold a leadership role (CEO, founder, or senior management) for social entrepreneurial or impact business activities, generally operating for at least three years.
We welcome participants from both for-profit and non-profit organisations.
A limited amount of financial aid is available for applicants with demonstrated leadership but requiring assistance to participate. For further details, please contact ISEP@insead.edu.
This programme qualifies for the INSEAD Certificate in Global Management.
Social Impact Scholarship
For young women entrepreneurs in the Middle East, South Asia and Africa
Inspired by the ground-breaking work of Soraya Salti, former President and CEO for the Middle East & North Africa at INJAZ Al-Arab and with the generous support of donors led by Waleed AlBanawi, INSEAD has established the Soraya Salti Social Impact Scholarship Fund. The aim of the fund is to promote the continued development of young women entrepreneurs in the Middle East, South Asia and Africa by giving an opportunity to participate in INSEAD’s Social Entrepreneurship Programme.
Related videos & articles
Debates on whether investing for impact should involve financial compromises are moot. Here’s the more relevant question: How can different kinds of investors optimise their societal impact?
Jasjit Singh, INSEAD Professor of Strategy | March 26, 2020
Organised by INSEAD’s Hoffman Institute of Business & Society, and moderated by Prof. Jasjit Singh, this panel discussion features three participants of the 2019 INSEAD Social Enterprise Programme (ISEP) in Singapore.
"I was drawn to INSEAD because of the powerful reputation it has as a leading graduate business school. More than that, though, when I looked at the programme outline, I liked the way it integrated practical business tools for building successful impact ventures with a theoretical approach. There aren’t many courses on social entrepreneurship out there that have that academic aspect." Jessie Coates, past-participant of the INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship Programme.
Hans Wahl, programme co-director for the INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship Programme, explains how participants develop the essential skills to develop and lead social enterprises or impact ventures, and benefit from becoming part of a dynamic global network of leaders pioneering social innovation, impact and best practices to build sustainable social impact.
An opportunity to give back to society without having to give up a promising business career turns out to be a major incentive for valuable employees to stay.
"I started to think strategically about growth. I also learned how to pitch my mission and vision in 30 seconds, so that I could make MyMind sound unique and interesting to investors. In addition, I learned about the value of impact – how to measure it and how to present it. Finally, I realised the importance of building a team with a good cultural fit.”