The INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship Programme, France


Summer & Winter Schools

Location (s):

  • France


The INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship Programme (ISEP), launched in 2006, is the global business education leader in this dynamic field. By integrating cutting-edge theory and practice for impact business with the deep academic knowledge of INSEAD faculty and expert practitioners, ISEP has demonstrated the potential to create social and economic value through collaboration among entrepreneurs, companies, investors and an engaged public sector. High-impact social ventures thrive when leaders share ideas, innovations and experiences.


Building successful impact ventures

Social entrepreneurship and impact business are part of a fast-growing movement that applies business tools to find sustainable solutions to neglected problems at all levels of society. Proponents of this approach develop and deploy innovative solutions to improve their communities and the world in which we live.

ISEP creates a unique opportunity to focus on the business skills and frameworks that enable entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs to build support among stakeholders and attract the investors needed to grow ventures to scale and maximise impact. Case studies, many developed by INSEAD faculty, provide a platform to analyse the uniquely complex issues and challenges faced by impact business leaders.

ISEP also delivers value over the long term. The network of graduates, numbering more than 700 in over 80 countries, is a dynamic community of impact business, sustainability and social enterprise leaders. Ongoing exchange, through online collaboration, regular meetings and support, serves as a foundation for further research and understanding of the field, which benefits all ISEP participants – past, present and future. 

How you benefit

  • Understand your impact. Examine the role that impact venture leaders seek to play in their business and society and the key challenges that they face
  • Develop your leadership and management skills. Build your leadership, organisational and negotiation skills to manage a growing social enterprise or impact venture
  • Strengthen your tool kit. Apply business tools to empower communities and leverage markets to achieve sustainability and social impact
  • Join a dynamic global network of leaders pioneering social innovation, impact and best practices.

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Participant profile

This programme is open to entrepreneurs and executives from companies or organisations involved in furthering the common good.

Candidates should hold a leadership role (CEO, founder, or senior management) for social entrepreneurial or impact business activities, generally operating for at least three years.

We welcome participants from both for-profit and non-profit organisations.

A limited amount of financial aid is available for applicants with demonstrated leadership but requiring assistance to participate. 


Deadline: October 31, 2019

Program Starts: November 17, 2019

Program Ends: November 23, 2019

Cost/funding for participants:

Fees: €4,900

Soraya Salti Social Impact ScholarshipFor young women entrepreneurs in the Middle East, South Asia and Africa

Inspired by the ground-breaking work of Soraya Salti, former President and CEO for the Middle East and North Africa at INJAZ Al-Arab, and with the generous support of donors led by Waleed AlBanawi, INSEAD has established the Soraya Salti Social Impact Scholarship Fund. The aim of the scholarship is to promote the continued development of young women entrepreneurs in the Middle East, South Asia and Africa regions by giving an opportunity to participate in the highly regarded INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship Programme (ISEP).

The fund will provide two full scholarships each year to INSEAD’s world-class social entrepreneurship executive education programme to women social entrepreneurs who demonstrate the special commitment, insight and resourcefulness needed to overcome the deep and neglected social challenges required to make a transformative impact in this field.

Recipients of the Soraya Salti Social Impact Scholarship will become a part of ISEP’s network of elite global social entrepreneurs and participate in the network’s meetings, events and networking opportunities. They will also benefit from INSEAD’s ground-breaking research, especially work related to the role of women in leadership and entrepreneurship.

Noting Soraya’s incredible legacy and outstanding contributions to social entrepreneurship in the Arab World, Waleed AlBanawi said, “The fund will blaze a trail for social entrepreneurs and continue Soraya’s vision, work and the passion she brought to driving change, specifically through her work at INJAZ Al Arab. Her far-reaching impact, especially in the field of entrepreneurship education, has been truly transformative. We expect that the initiative will create future role models in social entrepreneurship who will build upon the legacy of Soraya and who will strive to make a difference with their lives and the communities they serve the way she did.”

Application Process

Candidates must first be admitted to ISEP by completing an application form. In completing the application, a request for scholarship funding must be made. Once admitted, a scholarship application will be sent to the candidate.

As part of the application process, candidates will be asked to demonstrate a vision for their organisation or impact business and the added value participation in ISEP would bring to their work, their community and society as a whole. Their application will be judged on the rich moral fibre, courage and a commitment to excellence and authenticity the candidate brings to their work. Preference will be given to applicants with a proven record and the need for financial assistance to achieve their goals.

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