FULL-TIME | WINNIPEG LOCATIONS INDSF-DP Indigenous Social Entrepreneurship

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  • Diploma year of specialization after completion of Social Innovation and Community Development one-year certificate
  • Students are required to complete a total of 6 credit hours of elective courses in the Diploma year in order to fulfill the program requirement to complete the second-year program
  • September entry date
  • Offered at Exchange District (downtown) Campus, Winnipeg

After completing the foundation year in the Social Innovation and Community Development program, you will have the option of choosing to complete your diploma year in Indigenous Social Entrepreneurship.

Courses within this program are experiential, project-based, and modular. Many are scheduled sequentially; participants ladder their knowledge of the different dimensions of social entrepreneurship towards the ultimate goal of establishing an enterprise of your own or joining a social enterprise with knowledge of every aspect of the business. You will develop a product or service addressing a specific market and social opportunity and build the organizational infrastructure needed to launch that enterprise.

High participation levels in coursework are an important element of academic success. This program also engages significant online learning to facilitate flexibility and creativity.

Admission Requirements

Your Academic History
If your academic history includes any of the following, please visit My Education for important information: post-secondary studies at an institution other than Red River College Polytechnic; Modified (M), English as an Additional Language (E), or GED high school courses; or home schooling; international secondary (high school) studies.


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Locations, Dates and Fees

Costs (estimates only; subject to change)

Program/Student Fees
Year 2
Books and Supplies
Year 2
Program/Student Fees (International)
Year 2
1Please note that any anticipated costs are not included in Books and Supplies estimates

Students may apply for financial assistance through the Manitoba Student Aid program. For general information on applying please call 204-945-6321 or 1-800-204-1685, or visit their website at www.manitobastudentaid.ca, which also includes an online application. For detailed information, please visit one of the RRC Polytech Student Service Centres or call 204-632-2327. Applicants requiring financial assistance should complete their student loan applications well in advance of the class start date.

Red River College Polytechnic is a participating institution in the HigherEdPoints program. Through this program, students are able to convert Aeroplan® Miles and TD Points into funds to help cover their tuition. Family members and friends can also contribute to a student’s education by converting their loyalty points - anyone can donate their points to an individual student.

Visit the HigherEdPoints website for more information about the program and/or to set up an account to convert your points.

Courses and Descriptions

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Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
In addition to Transfer of Credit from a recognized post secondary institution, other RPL processes are available for RPL courses. Click here for more information. For courses with no RPL, please check www.rrc.ca/rpl for additional contact information.
COMM-2172Communication for the WorkplaceRPL
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This course reinforces the communication strategies practiced in COMM-1173 to provide students with the communication skills needed to apply for, stay in, and progress in the world of work. Students will further develop their interpersonal skills and digital fluency by seeking college, industry and community supports. Additionally, they will apply speaking, writing, and collaboration strategies to getting the job, adjusting to the job, and developing long-term career goals. Communication for the Workplace is a creative and active learning opportunity to set students apart in today’s competitive job market.

DEVE-2036Governance Structures
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Governance Structures is a natural progression from the Human Resources and Operations Management course completed in Term 1. In this course, students will be introduced to a range of governance models traditionally adopted in community development organizations. This focus will expand to incorporate innovative governance models used in social innovation organizations. Students will explore the functions of management and policy boards, advisory committees, and partnerships. They will examine the legal and social impact of various models on the communities they serve.

DEVE-2038Social Enterprise
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In this course, students will explore the meaning and purpose of social enterprise, including the origins, structures, scope, principles, and potential, using examples of social enterprise for illustration. Students will engage with local social enterprises through research speakers, and tours, as possible.

DEVE-2039Design Thinking for Social Innovation
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In this case- and land-based foundational course, students will be introduced to the concept of “design thinking.” They will learn to place the needs and interests of our ecosystem at the centre of the process and why this is essential to success in social innovation. They will learn how to cultivate creative confidence in themselves, their colleagues, their clients, and the community. They will explore the process of iteration and prototyping an idea from an initial concept to a working model. While engaging collaboratively with community members, students will learn the tools and techniques for co-design.

DEVE-2041Capstone Project for Social Entrepreneurship
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Students will work in small teams matched with a social enterprise (SE). They will build or improve an organizational process, project, or infrastructure determined by the needs of the SE. They will be jointly supervised and mentored by the instructor and the SE. Using current project management tools and procedures, students will define the project, design a plan for completion, assign responsibilities, monitor progress, and present the completed project to the SE, the class, and invited guests. The project will provide the students with work-integrated experience and an opportunity to work closely with a potential employee.

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Participants will explore financial management in order to develop the financial infrastructure to launch a social enterprise.

HUMR-2002Human Resources and Operations Management
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In this course, participants will explore human resources functions and operations management using examples from community development and social enterprise settings.

INNO-2003Assessing Feasibility and Viability
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Participants will define how they will assess and test the desirability, feasibility, and viability of their prototypes.

MRKT-2007Marketing Principles
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In this course, students will be introduced to marketing principles including primary and secondary markets, demographics, psychographics, messaging, brand identity, marketing strategies, and marketing campaigns. They will be guided through the development of a marketing plan and advertising strategies for a social enterprise creating or broadening its prospective customer base.

MRKT-2011Marketing Campaigns
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In this course, students will plan a marketing campaign, set realistic and motivating campaign goals, launch the campaign, define the marketing metrics to track the campaign goals and measure the performance of the campaign. They will review examples of marketing campaigns used in social enterprises and examine the key elements that contributed to success.

SALE-2005Customer Relations and Sales
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Students will learn how to set up and use a customer relationship management (CRM) system to store customer and prospect data, track customer interactions, and manage customer relationships. They will customize settings, import contact details, set up a dashboard to manage sales and business opportunities, and track leads within a sales funnel.

Computer/Laptop Requirements

Online learning is a critical component of course delivery in all Red River College Polytechnic programs. To ensure each student has the tools they need to achieve their academic goals, all Red River College Polytechnic students require, at minimum:

1.  Off-campus access to a current computer with a webcam

2.  A high speed internet connection

• Recommended minimum speed: 10 mbps for download, 3 mbps for upload
• Slower internet connection speeds may result in audio and video issues. Please keep in mind that if others in your home are using the same internet connection at the same time as you are, you may also experience audio and video issues.
• Please refer to https://www.rrc.ca/future-students/computer-requirements/ for further information on Computer Requirements for Students.

Please note that any anticipated costs are not included in Books and Supplies estimates.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process which documents and compares an individual's prior learning gained from prior education, work and life experiences and personal study to the learning outcomes in College courses/programs. For more information, please visit www.rrc.ca/rpl.

Contact Information

For general information about this or any other program, admission requirements, or how to apply, contact Indigenous Liaison Advisor at indigenous@rrc.ca or visit https://www.rrc.ca/indigenous/aspiring-student/

For detailed program information, contact:
Ginger Arnold

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