Beats | April 4, 2017

New MOOCs teach the language of social finance

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Social finance classes are not just for MBA students anymore. At Wharton, Berkeley, Columbia, Duke and other business schools, impact investing and social finance classes are packed.

Now, the Social Finance Academy, a project of the German consulting firm Roots of Impact, promises to guide “social entrepreneurs through the entire journey of attracting impact investment” — online and for free.

Access to Impact Investment for Social Enterprises, a collaboration with VIVA Idea, is the effort’s first MOOC (for “massively online open course”).

The English-language course is led by INCAE’s Urs Jäger, Northeastern University’s Sara Minard and Bjoern Struewer of Roots of Impact, an ImpactAlpha contributor.

The course begins May 3 and runs through June 28. PlusAcumen, the online learning platform of Acumen Fund, has signed up 200,000 people from 170 countries to its nearly 20 courses.