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StartUp Workshops

BSEP Start-Up Workshops provide the foundation and framework for students to gain an understanding of social entrepreneurship and developing a social enterprise. Seasoned entrepreneurs and faculty facilitate workshops on understanding social entrepreneurship and the development, implementation and sustainability of a successful venture.

The presenters approach, tone and style is collegial, engaging and rigorous. There are approximately five workshops per semester.

Innovation Pitch Competition

Some BSEP students have an opportunity to pitch their business ideas to faculty, staff, entrepreneurs and community stakeholders to compete for access to capital.

An example is the BSEP Late Night Madness Program. This program invites students to develop or enhance an existing product and participate in “The Deal Innovation Pitch Competition.”

BSE Program Next Generation Fellowship (autumn semester)

The BSEP Next Generation Fellowship (NGF) invites middle and high school educators and students to collaborate on incorporating innovation and social entrepreneurship into curricula through applied community-based projects.


The Keith B. Key Social Entrepreneurship curriculum consists of a series of workshops and various events each semester. Participants engage in topics such as Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship, Startup Entrepreneurial Finance, Brand Marketing Strategies for Entrepreneurs, Assessment of The Business Idea--The Business Plan, Developing Communication and Presentation Skills, How to Turn your Passion into Profit and the Innovation Pitch Competition.

Workshop sessions take place evenings on the Columbus campus of The Ohio State University. Workshop presenters consist of faculty, entrepreneurs and community stakeholders. In addition, guest social entrepreneurs provide their insight on what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur.

You can sign up for workshop here.

The BSEP curriculum is organized into three phases: Discover, Explore and Focus. Each is designed to develop and enhance students understanding of social enterprise within the university and society.


Students are exposed to faculty, social entrepreneurs and community stakeholders that assist the student in gaining an understanding of social entrepreneurship.


Students learn the relevancy of earned income and social innovation. The earned income session assists students in understanding social enterprise’s impact on the economy, how to manage a budget and sustain a profit.


Students create a social enterprise model/business plan. This phase provides students with the opportunity to gain real world experiences by working with faculty, social entrepreneurs and community stakeholders to create solutions, scalability and sustainability strategies for local communities and the state of Ohio.