Kellogg | Mr. MBB Private Equity
GMAT TBD (target 720+), GPA 4.0
Wharton | Mr. Data Dude
GMAT 750, GPA 4.0
Stanford GSB | Mr. Startup Founder
GMAT 700, GPA 3.12
Harvard | Mr. MedTech Startup
GMAT 740, GPA 3.80
INSEAD | Mr. Media Startup
GMAT 710, GPA 3.65
Yale | Mr. Yale Hopeful
GMAT 750, GPA 2.9
MIT Sloan | Mr. MBB Transformation
GMAT 760, GPA 3.46
Wharton | Mr. Swing Big
GRE N/A, GPA 3.1
Harvard | Mr. CPG Product Manager
GMAT 720, GPA 3.5
UCLA Anderson | Ms. Triathlete
GMAT 720, GPA 2.8
MIT Sloan | Mr. Latino Insurance
GMAT 730, GPA 8.5 / 10
Stanford GSB | Mr. Tesla Intern
GMAT 720, GPA 3.9
Stanford GSB | Mr. Supply Chain Data Scientist
GMAT 730, GPA 3.9
Stanford GSB | Mr. Global Consultant
GMAT 770, GPA 80% (top 10% of class)
Stanford GSB | Mr. MBB/FinTech
GMAT 760, GPA 3.7
Stanford GSB | Mr. Digital Indonesia
GMAT 760, GPA 3.7
Stanford GSB | Mr. Equal Opportunity
GMAT 760, GPA 4.0
Stanford GSB | Mr. MBB to PM
GRE 338, GPA 4.0
Stanford GSB | Mr. LGBT Social Impact
GRE 326, GPA 3.79
Stanford GSB | Mr. Nuclear Vet
GMAT 770, GPA 3.86
Stanford GSB | Mr. Oilfield Trekker
GMAT 720, GPA 7.99/10
Stanford GSB | Mr. SpaceX
GMAT 740, GPA 3.65
Kellogg | Mr. Big 4 Financial Consultant
GMAT 740, GPA 3.94
Stanford GSB | Mr. Mountaineer
GRE 327, GPA 2.96
Harvard | Mr. Tech Start-Up
GMAT 720, GPA 3.52
Rice Jones | Mr. Simple Manufacturer
GRE 320, GPA 3.95
Columbia | Mr. MD/MBA
GMAT 670, GPA 3.77

Social Entrepreneurship: The Best Schools & Programs

5) Harvard Business School.

Harvard Business School

Harvard Business School

Harvard has what it calls a “Social Enterprise Initiative” that was formed in 1993 by former Dean John McArthur with the initial support of alum John C. Whitehead, whose career has spanned leadership positions in the private, for–profit, and nonprofit sectors.

Since the Initiative’s founding, its approach to social enterprise has encompassed the contributions any individual or organization can make toward social improvement, regardless of its legal form (nonprofit, private, or public sector).

Over the years, research forums and conferences sponsored by the Social Enterprise Initiative have examined a wide range of topics, including Nonprofit Strategy, Business Leadership in the Social Sector, Consumer-Driven Health Care, Global Poverty, Public Education, and The Future of Social Enterprise. Research generated from these forums and conferences has been published in special editions of leading academic journals, books, and other publications.

HBS says that more than 95 faculty members at the school have participated in social enterprise research and teaching. They’ve created over 400 social enterprise cases and teaching notes. Social enterprise perspectives are integrated into a broad range of classes and case discussions, reflecting a real-world blending of business and social issues, and courses focusing on social enterprise are incorporated into the curriculum.

Harvard’s course catalog contains 20 electives that either have a “central focus on social enterprise” or are “social enterprise related courses.” There’s “Learning and Governing High Performing Non-Profit Organizations” which offers an in-depth exploration of how to create, build and sustain a non-profit. The course explores what for-profit skills can be effectively transferred to the non-profit world and what ideas and frameworks can’t be used. Another popular course, “Business At the Base of the Pyramid,” was launched in 2006 after Harvard hosted a Global Poverty Conference a year earlier. From 2006 to 2009, Harvard professors developed nearly 20 new case studies to support the course alone. In 2009, the course expanded into two section with 162 students enrolled. Last year, in 2010, the course was expanded to three sections over two terms.

Each year for the past 14 years, Harvard has hosted a major business plan contest and for the past ten years that campus challenge has had a social venture component. In 2010, 27 teams of students competed against each other in pitching plans to create social value via non-profit, for-profit, or hybrid models (there were 83 teams in the more typical business plan competition). The top social venture team in 2010 was Urban Water Partners (UWP). Comprising a trio of Harvard first-year MBA students and a pair of medical students from the University of Utah, the team’s idea was to lease filters to water vendors in the Tanzanian city of Dar es Salaam to markedly improve access to clean drinking water for the city’s population of some 3 million people.

Harvard also offers what it calls an immersion experience program to MBAs that brings together first- and second-year students for five to 12 day projects off campus. In 2011, social enterprise will be the focus of these experiential learning projects in New Orleans, Rwanda, India, and Haiti, and several other business-type projects will incorporate social enterprise components.

For a complete listing of Harvard’s courses in social entrepreneurship, go here:

About The Author

John A. Byrne is the founder and editor-in-chief of C-Change Media, publishers of Poets&Quants and four other higher education websites. He has authored or co-authored more than ten books, including two New York Times bestsellers. John is the former executive editor of Businessweek, editor-in-chief of Businessweek. com, editor-in-chief of Fast Company, and the creator of the first regularly published rankings of business schools. As the co-founder of CentreCourt MBA Festivals, he hopes to meet you at the next MBA event in-person or online.