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Hand in Hand Social Entrepreneurship Programme – 22 to 26 August 2011

Social Entrepreneurship Programme

This five-day residential programme will provide a crash course in leading a successful social enterprise. It will focus on how microfinance and social entrepreneurship can empower people and enhance livelihoods, resulting in social and economic mobility

The course has been devised by Socient Associates, a Boston-based consultancy, in partnership with Hand In Hand, an international institution specialising in enterprise creation and microfinance. It combines the latest theoretical developments with Hand In Hand India’s on-the-ground expertise, and includes practical field visits in the key bottom-of-the-pyramid market of Tamil Nadu.

hand in hand social entrepreneurship

Dates : 22 – 26 AUGUST 2011

Location : Great Lakes Institute of Management near Chennai, India

Course Leader : Professor V Kasturi RanganHarvard Business School

Cost of the Course : US$ 2000. The cost includes all accommodation, meals, training and course materials.

Course Details :

Participants will experience a combination of classroom-based learning and field visits to get a comprehensive overview of the strategic, organizational and leadership issues associated with a social enterprise. With reference to Hand In Hand’s unique approach, the programme’s modules will help participants understand:

  • What knowledge and tools are needed for successful social entrepreneurship.
  • How business training can tie in with the provision of microfinance services.
  • How microfinance institutions can increase revenue while better serving clients.
  • How NGOs can best partner with people who receive credit.
  • How enterprise creation and microfinance should deliver lasting impact.

Why you should apply ?

  • See first-hand how business training can supplement microfinance to create jobs.
  • Experience a unique combination of best practice, case studies and field visits.
  • Network and share experiences with international leaders from the NGO, microfinance and donor communities.
  • Learn from an internationally recognized Harvard Business School professor.

Who should apply ?

  • Social entrepreneurs.
  • Senior executives from NGOs.
  • Microfinance leaders.
  • Social investors & funders.
  • Senior staff from bilateral and multilateral donors and governments agencies.
  • Philanthropists.

Download the Brochure at the link below

Hand-in-Hand Social Entrepreneurship Brochure PDF

Download the Registration form at the link below

HIH SEP Registration form

The completed registration form can be mailed to

For telephone enquires, please call :

India : +91-44-4341-3200

Rest of World : +44-20-7514-5091

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About Hand In Hand

Over the past seven years, Hand in Hand has worked with 600,000 women in developing countries, and helped create some 560,000 enterprises. The Hand In Hand approach was developed by Dr Kalpana Sankar and her team of development experts in partnership with Percy Barnevik, the Swedish business leader. It combines the provision of microfinance services with in-depth business and skills training. The key to our success is that we don’t simply send people away with money; we ensure that businesses are created and lives improved in the long term.

About Prof. Kasturi Rangan (co-founder of Socient Associates)

Harvard Business School Professor Kasturi Rangan has extensive experience in business marketing and management. He has researched, taught and published articles on non-profit management, marketing and microfinance at Harvard and is the founding co-chair of the HBS Social Enterprise Initiative. He is also co-chair of the HBS-ACCION program on Strategic Leadership for Microfinance.

About Sohel Karim (co-founder of Socient Associates)

Sohel Karim is Managing Partner of Socient Associates. He has over 20 years of consulting experience and has worked closely with senior management in both for-profit and non-profit organizations. Sohel’s background includes doctoral work at Harvard Business School with publications in leading management journals such as Harvard Business Review.

About the course

Five fast-paced days will combine case studies, presentations and group exercises with field visits to Hand in Hand’s operations.

The curriculum explores key issues in the sector, including how to:

  • Define mission and goals.
  • Develop an appropriate strategy.
  • Build an organization capable of delivering results to your stakeholders.
  • Create jobs at the bottom of the pyramid.
  • Grow your organization and move towards sustainability.
  • Develop metrics to monitor progress.
  • Create a learning organization.

The programme is set in Chennai, India. The cost includes all accommodation, meals, training and course materials.

Download the Brochure at the link below

Hand-in-Hand Social Entrepreneurship Brochure PDF

Download the Registration form at the link below

HIH SEP Registration form

Send in your completed forms to Ms. Priyanka Jayashankar on or Mr. Hemantha Pamarthy on

For more detailed information visit

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