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Part graduate course, part online accelerator, this program is designed for those who are starting or hoping to start a new mission driven venture.

It uses a cohort learning model convening 6-10 people over 9-10 weekly sessions. Each class session is live, online for 2 hours. Based on the content of the lean start-up graduate courses taught by the lead instructor, Terri Barreiro, the series goes deep into all the best practices for an effective social venture business plan.

The result for you will be a deep understanding of how to launch or expand your specific business!


Our Fall Cohort runs October-December. Applications due September 27.





“The Entrepreneurship for Good course was exactly what I needed at the stage I am at with my business. I’m an idea person, and many times I have difficultly taking that idea and putting it into action. Terri’s class provided me with the tools and coaching I needed to take a meaningful next step in building my business. I recommend the course to anyone who has an idea to change the world!” – Paul

Frequently Asked Questions

How does it work?

Each week a new aspect of venture development is introduced. The weekly live sessions will include mini-lectures, group discussions and practice applying the concept to your venture. You will have access to pre-recorded topic videos and the textbook and related workbook. The cohort will have a private group channel that will allow for peer discussion and feedback and access to all pre-readings.  Each session will be recorded for later reference. See weekly session outline below.

How much does it cost?

Tuition fee is $450 for 9-10 sessions plus a pitch event to an audience of other entrepreneurs and investors – payable in 3 payments.

FOR MINNEAPOLIS BUSINESSES: Individuals living in Minneapolis or starting their business there may be eligible for tuition waiver.  For more information on the B-Tap fee waiver and Elevate Business contact [email protected]

A deposit of $100 is required upon acceptance into the cohort.  If your completed B-Tap application is approved by the City of Minneapolis that deposit will be refunded.

When does the program run?

The Fall cohort runs October-December, 2021. *Applications due September 27*

Tell me more about the instructor.

Terri Barreiro is an expert in systems change and a mission-driven venture advisor. She is an adjunct instructor of Social Entrepreneurship at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and venture advisor to students at Carlson School of Business, U of MN. She is co-founder of and volunteer venture coach at Impact Hub MSP and consultant to nonprofit and philanthropic organizations.

She is co-author of Social Entrepreneurship: the Journey from Issue to Viable Venture and founder of the Donald McNeely Center for Entrepreneurship serving the College of Saint Benedict and Saint Johns’ University. She brings to her work more than 30 years of experience as a nationally recognized nonprofit and philanthropy leader with extensive experience in United Way, corporate giving, and family foundation operations. She earned an MBA and BA cum laude at the University of Minnesota as well as completed an Executive MBA program at Carnegie Mellon University. She has enjoyed volunteering throughout her life, currently serving on the boards of Community Giving, Close Gaps by 5, Folk School Warroad, Market Access Fund, and Impact Hub MSP. Enjoying birds, nurturing native gardens and prairies is how she shares her leisure hours with her husband.

Learn more via Linkedin.

What materials will be used?

The primary textbook is Social Entrepreneurship: From Idea to Viable Plan (included in course fee). Additional materials will be provided on a private shared drive that supports readings, videos, uploaded documents and interactions between cohort members.

What is the outline of sessions?

Week 1: Overview of social entrepreneurship & structure options

Week 2: Getting clarity about the issues you address and explaining it to others

Week 3: Know your customer

Week 4: Introducing the Business Canvas and the Logic Model

Week 5: Defining, describing & measuring your impact

Week 6: Financing – Creating a realistic budget, projections and cash flow

Week 7: Finding financing

Week 8: Getting started – Minimal viable product design

Week 9: Writing a business plan

Week 10: Elevator pitches and promo video development