Non-Degree / Dates: June 2022 (5 days)

The course is intended to contribute to the students’ systematic understanding of social enterprises in order to promote social inclusion of vulnerable people in the community in a sustainable way combining entrepreneurship skills with social responsibility.

After the course, the participant has acquired the knowledge about the characteristic of social enterprises, is able to combine business and social aspect and has improved his /her professional skills to use methods of business development and marketing in order to establish social enterprises.

Co-operating partners: Estonian Network of Social Enterprises, Helpific.

Why this online course?

  • The course aims to provide a unique educational experience and opportunity to understand some of the latest developments in social work and related fields.

  • In lectures and interactive seminars we will look beyond traditional fields in the practice of social work and explore new fields and ideas together.


Katri-Liis Lepik is Associate Professor of Management at Tallinn University, Estonia and Visiting Fellow at Northumbria University, UK. She is a lecturer and council member in a unique Master’s programme of Social Entrepreneurship in Estonia and a mentor in the Social Entrepreneurship Incubation Program. She is a board member of The Skill Mill Limited – an award-winning Social Enterprise dedicated to the employment of young ex-offenders by providing environmental maintenance services since 2013. She has co-founded E-dible a Social Enterprise which tackles food waste in innovative and creative ways.  She is a national rapporteur for the European Commission’s report on Mapping of Social Enterprises and their eco-system in Estonia.

Audrone Urmanaviciene  is a lecturer of social entrepreneurship at Tallinn University. She has PhD in Management Science. Audrone’s researching interests are social enterprise, social impact and social impact assessment. She is a member of EMES – an international research network for social enterprises. She is also the Communication Manager in COST network project “Multi-disciplinary innovation for social change”. Audrone participates in COST network COST action “Empower-SE” 16206.


Real time video lectures in Zoom every day between 10:00am and 01:00pm (including a small break) while project plans will be developed in small groups independently (Ensure you have a stable and reliable internet connection).

See also the more detailed schedule.

Time Zone:  UTC/GMT +3 hours (Check the time difference to your location)


This course is suitable for students and specialists from social work or related fields (health, psychology, sociology, education etc).  The preconditions (education level, work experience etc) for the participation are not required.

Credit points

During the course, students will create their own plan for social enterprises combining skills and knowledges from different study fields. Upon full participation and completion of course work students will be awarded 3 ECTS points and a certificate of completion.

Course fee