Program Components

Created to support nonprofits in understanding, developing and capitalizing on social ventures, the Social Enterprise Cohort offers a comprehensive capacity building program within a peer learning network. The curriculum is designed for Colorado nonprofits, with current information/resources, subject-matter experts, and site visits with existing social enterprises to create a truly comprehensive business development experience.

2018 Program Dates and Sessions

February 1 & 2 Orientation, Meet Your Mentor, Social Gathering, and Setting the Stage
March 1 & 2 Assets, Competencies and Social Enterprise Ideas
April 5 & 6 Narrowing Your Social Enterprise Ideas through Feasibility Scans
June 7 & 8 Full Feasibility Study on Your Top Social Enterprise Concept
July 12 & 13 Business Planning Part 1: The Marketing Mix
September 6 & 7 Business Planning Part 2: The Company; Tax/Accounting, Financing/Funding and Legal Issues
October 4 & 5 Business Plan Development and Pitch Practice
November 1 Graduation and Pitch / Presentation Session
What You’ll GetWhat This Means for Your Nonprofit
10 month program with knowledge, tools and hands-on experience developing a social enterprise from the ground up.Your nonprofit will see dramatically increased capacity to create, analyze and design new earned income and social enterprise strategies.
Engagement in a peer learning setting with other nonprofit social innovators, funders, guest speakers, advisors and business mentors.You’ll develop a strong and lasting network of support; a true community of colleagues, trusted advisors and potential customers for your new venture.
A well-conceived, fully researched, strategically developed business concept and plan.You can hit the ground running: funding the business, building your customer base and business launch.
Access to funders, impact investors and donors.You’ll have a pipeline to the funding/financing you need to launch and capitalize your venture.
A social enterprise that leverages your assets in support of your social mission.With a successful model and social venture, your nonprofit will realize a source of unrestricted revenue and a business that creates jobs for your clients or community.

For more information, please contact:

Rebecca Gorrell, Chief Program Officer
303.623.1540 x100 or email hidden; JavaScript is required