Build Impact trains, develops, and coaches social entrepreneurs in Detroit’s small business community. By empowering local entrepreneurs to affect real change in their communities, Build Impact helps bolster the growing social entrepreneurship movement in Detroit. The class follows a 9-week timeline and offers a curriculum with a strong focus on double and triple bottom line business practices.

Registration is open for spring classes!

BUILD IMPACT 9 (Register)
Day/Time:  Saturdays, 10:00a – 3:00p
Dates:  April 6, April 20, May 4, May 18, June 1
Location:  FREC II @ Fisher Magnet Upper Academy, 15491 Maddelein St, Detroit, MI 48205

What is social entrepreneurship?

Social entrepreneurship is any pursuit of a social mission using commercial means.

Who should take this program?

This program is for innovative individuals who are seeking to start a for-profit company to address Detroit’s social and/or environmental issues, or nonprofit organizations seeking to advance and support their missions using a commercial business model to complement their philanthropic operations.

*It is highly recommended that you have either taken Build Basics or have the basic understanding of how to write a business plan as well as run a business.

What’s the difference between Build Basics and Build Impact?

Build Basics takes you through the basics of writing a business plan. Build Impact is a theory-based class focused on understanding what it means to be a social enterprise and defining your businesses’ mission.

It is suggested that students purchase the Understanding Social Entrepreneurship textbook.


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