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Postgraduate Course in Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Development

More and more people are interested in creating companies that contribute to solving social needs and avoiding climate change. This course covers the key aspects of business creation and management that combine the generation of social impact and the creation of economic value.

  • Sustainability
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Management
Next edition
Classes start
12 September, 2022
Program ends
04 December, 2022
ECTS credits
1850 €

The Online Course for Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Development is a program that will help entrepreneurial people create and manage their own business projects with a social approach. In recent years, a major current has been generated in the business world that promotes companies to create economic value, but also social value for the rest of the company's concerned parties (employees, customers, suppliers, etc.), as well as preserving the environment in order to help avoid climate change.


In this course you will learn the key aspects for the creation of companies whose main mission is to cover the needs that exist in today's society, included in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Under the guidance of expert teachers and people closely linked to social entrepreneurship, you will be shown the key aspects of the creation and management of social companies, such as the creation of business models with social impact, the measurement and management of social impact, and the strategies and main sources of financing for social enterprises, as well as aspects related to leadership for this type of enterprise.


In addition, the course will allow you to see first-hand success stories of social enterprises that have been created in recent years. And you will be able to contact social entrepreneurs who will participate in webinars organized within the framework of the course.


Why choose this program


Cutting-edge course in this specialty with innovative contents.

Includes subjects related to business models with social impact, the measurement of social impact, sustainable finance, etc. which are not listed in other similar programs.


Combination of renowned lecturers and entrepreneurs with practical experience

The course envisages webinars in which people who have created their own social enterprise will participate.


Develop your social startup

Possibility to develop your impact startup in the UPF-BSM StartLab. The StartLab is an advisory and training program for entrepreneurs who want to develop an idea and put it into practice.


Sesiones en directo

Cada asignatura incorpora una sesión online en directo con el profesor de la asignatura



El programa incorpora 2 masterclass con emprendedores de startups de impacto y con expertos del ecosistema del emprendimiento social, en los ámbitos de la financiación, la incubación de proyectos y su medida de impacto.

Who is it for?

This course is aimed at:

• Social entrepreneurs.

• Managers of social enterprises, entities in the third sector, social initiative cooperatives, and NGOs, among others.

• People who participate in the process of consulting companies for private companies and public institutions.

• Students of Management Programs of the UPF-BSM interested in the creation of business social value.

Admission and enrolment


Introduction to social entrepreneurship
Ecosystem of social enterprises
Relations between the SDGs and social enterprises
Role of the social entrepreneur
Business models with social impact
What a business model is
Social innovation and business models
Traditional business models
Creation and measurement of social value
Introduction to social impact
Measurement of Social Impact
Instruments for measuring social impact
Sistemas de reporting del impacto
Strategies and instruments for financing social enterprises
Introduction to social and sustainable finance
Financing instruments for social enterprises
Conclusions and reflections on financing strategies
Leadership and governance of social enterprises
Internal regime and organization
Diversity management
Ethics in decision-making

Qualification obtained

Once you have passed the program, you will obtain an electronic degree (e-Título) for the Postgraduate Course in Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Development issued by the Pompeu Fabra University

The e-Título is an authentic digital degree, issued in pdf format and electronically signed, with the same legal validity as if it were in paper format.


El profesorado está compuesto por docentes de la UPF Barcelona School of Management expertos en emprendimiento social, y las diferentes áreas que trata el programa. Este profesorado tiene también una amplia experiencia en docencia e investigación en el campo del emprendimiento social, las finanzas sostenibles y el liderazgo de empresas, entre otros. 

Academic directors

Ramon Bastida Vialcanet

Associate Professor UPF-BSM
Vice Dean for Knowledge Transfer


Susana Domingo Pérez

Senior Lecturer UPF-BSM
Head of academic area: Strategy and Entrepreneurship

Marcos Eguiguren Huerta

Senior Lecturer UPF-BSM
Associate Provost for Strategic Projects

Roger Fàbregas Rodríguez

Teaching Assistant UPF-BSM

Fàtima Vidal Ayuso

Teaching Assistant UPF-BSM

Mercè Martín Vicente-Ruiz

Lecturer UPF-BSM
Head of academic area: People and Organization


The online work model combines different active methodologies:


  1. 1. Work through the eCampus from the study of teaching materials, practical activities, discussion forums, and self-assessment exercises for each of the subjects.
  2. Tutoring and individualized resolution of questions. 
  3. Streaming sessions with experts.

The program is structured in didactic units, with which the participants will acquire instrumental, attitudinal, and conceptual competences, through various activities directly linked to the functions of directing and managing people.


During the program, the student will have the support of:

  • Expert tutor: will guide you through each didactic unit and will help with queries in their subject.
  • Manager of the program: will support you during the course in the monitoring and general functioning of the program. 
  • The communication resources and materials will allow you to achieve the key competences through interaction between the academic team and each participant.
  • Discussion forums: discussion topics will be raised by the tutor and queries concerning academic content will be discussed.
  • Consultation and announcements forum: space where communications for tracking the program will be sent.
  • Tutor email: for individualized consultations.

Interactive teaching material: material worked on by professionals, updated, and always following a specific guideline to achieve meaningful learning.


Materiales docentes interactivos

Materiales y formatos diversos harán tu experiencia más motivadora: vídeos, casos de estudio, mapas de contenidos y recursos descargables. Diseñados y actualizados periódicamente por profesionales y expertos en la materia, ponen a tu alcance los últimos conocimientos, habilidades, herramientas para llevar tu carrera al siguiente nivel. 


Aprendizaje activo y colaborativo

La participación y la discusión con tus compañeros y profesores son esenciales para el proceso de aprendizaje colaborativo. Te facilitaremos diversas herramientas como el Foro de Discusión, donde podrás proponer nuevos temas de debate, comentar y responder planteamientos presentados por el profesor o dar respuesta a comentarios interesantes. 


Sesiones streaming con expertos

A través de sesiones por videoconferencia con el profesor experto o invitados especiales, podrás consultar dudas, discutir sobre tus aprendizajes y conectar en tiempo real como si estuvierais todos en el mismo lugar. Para asegurar la flexibilidad de la formación, grabamos las sesiones para que puedas consultarlas si no has podido conectarte. 


Acompañamiento personalizado

Contarás con el apoyo del tutor experto, que te orientará a lo largo de cada unidad didáctica; el acompañamiento del coordinador y el gestor de programas en la entrega de actividades, calificaciones, gestión de trámites o acceso a servicios, y la guía del asesor de carreras en la mejora de tu marca personal y la búsqueda de oportunidades profesionales. 


The learning process is characterized by its flexibility, since, in the virtual learning environment, the structure of the school calendar and the diversity of multimedia resources which are made available to the student allows them to acquire knowledge in a self-regulated manner.

The support of the teaching staff and interaction with classmates is carried out by making use of a wide variety of communication channels that facilitate proximity and didactic dialogue. 


Professional Future

The people who take the postgraduate course in social entrepreneurship are people with an interest in the creation of companies aimed at meeting social needs through the performance of an economic activity. They are professionals who work in companies or organizations of the social economy (companies with social impact, foundations, cooperatives, etc.) and who want to deepen their knowledge about the management of social companies. Or they are people who advise these types of companies and organizations. This course allows you to acquire specific knowledge on key aspects of management, such as the design of the business model, the measurement of social impact, or researching finance, among others.

Student profile

This course is aimed at:

• Social entrepreneurs.

• Managers of social enterprises, third sector entities, social initiative cooperatives and NGDOs, among others.

• People who participate in the business creation advisory process in private companies and public institutions.

• Students of Management Programs interested in the creation of business social value.

Career opportunities

This course contributes to the training of people who do it in order to undertake and manage projects in the field of social enterprise. The course provides the tools and knowledge necessary to qualify for management positions in companies and organizations of the social economy.

  • Social entrepreneur
  • Managers of social enterprises, third sector entities, cooperatives, NGDOs and others
  • Social business advisor

Admission and enrolment

Our admission process consists of a rigorous evaluation of each application to preserve the quality of the group as well as the training, experience, and work capacity of all students.

Who can apply?

You need to have an official university degree (graduate, law, or diploma) or equivalent (graduates of degree studies with a minimum of 180 credits) or another issued by a higher education institution of the European Higher Education Area that allows access to postgraduate education in the country issuing the degree.

Other candidates may access the selection process without the required university degree, due to their professional academic merits, or according to the professional role they develop. In this case, upon passing the program, they will receive a certificate of completion issued by the UPF Barcelona School of Management.

How to apply?

To enrol in this program, you must read and accept the Contract Terms and Conditions and fill in the registration form.

The following steps need to be taken to register for the course:

1. Fill in the admission application form. You will receive a username and password to access the eSecretaría platform.
2. On the platform, upload a scanned copy of your ID (both sides).
3. Go to the "Enrolment" section to pay for the course by credit card or bank transfer.

In certain cases, additional documentation may be requested. 

The application is subject to the availability of places.

Grants, scholarships and financing


The UPF Barcelona School of Management offers you different ways of financing so that you can take any of our programs without worry. You will be able to finance part of your program through grants from entities dedicated to the promotion of education or with collaboration agreements of financial entities.

Grants and discounts

Application for admission
You are applying for admission to the program:
Postgraduate Course in Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Development
Modality: Online
Language: Spanish
Price: 1850
Admission fee: 120
We will deduct this amount from the total registration fee if your application is accepted. If your application is rejected, we will reimburse you.

Postgraduate Course in Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Development