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
  • 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

If your academic history includes any of the following, please visit me.rrc.mb.ca/Catalogue/Information/MyEducation for important information: post-secondary studies at an institution other than Red River College; Modified (M), English as an Additional Language (E), or GED high school courses; or home schooling.

Submission of required documentation, including English language assessments, is due within 30 days of applying unless otherwise noted in your program's admission requirements.

If your program's admission requirements include any of the following items, note that the submission deadline for these items only has been temporarily extended to 90 days:

  • First aid course certificate
  • Physical fitness assessment results
  • Reading skills assessment results (Degree of Reading Power - DRP)
  • Student clinical practice and/or volunteer work experience forms


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If you do not have a Future Student Account or require assistance, please contact our Student Service Centre at 204-632-2327.

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Student Service Centre
Red River College
D101–2055 Notre Dame Ave.
Winnipeg, MB R3H 0J9
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E-mail: register@rrc.ca

Fax: 204-697-0584

Internationally Educated Applicants - visit www.rrc.ca/credentials for credential assessment information.

Proof of completion of admission requirements is due within 30 days of applying unless otherwise noted in the program's admission requirements.

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 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 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

(Click the course name to view the description of the course)
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.
BUSA-1086Introduction to Social Enterprise
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In this case-based, foundational course, participants will learn about the opportunities that social enterprises and social entrepreneurs have created to address social needs in their communities.

BUSA-2091Social Entrepreneurship
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Participants will learn how to structure a social enterprise and conduct analysis to identify opportunities.

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

HUMR-2001Human Resources and Operations Management
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Participants will explore current theories and practices in human resources and operations management in order to develop the infrastructure to manage the employees and procedures of a social enterprise.

INNO-1001Ideating for Social Needs
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Participants will be guided through an assessment of their abilities, traits, and passions before matching what they have discovered about themselves with their ideas for potential solutions in response to identified social needs.

INNO-2001Testing the Solution
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Participants will rapidly test, assess, and revise their prototypes to determine the preferred solution.

INNO-2002Solution Design
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Participants will develop a process for rapid prototyping of their potential solutions to discover ways to improve them by creating variance.

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

INNO-3001MVP Creation
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Based on their chosen most desirable, feasible, and viable product, participants will develop a “pitch” and present their potential solution to the community.

MGMT-2007Governance and Legal
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Participants will explore current regulations and structures in order to develop the management infrastructure to govern a social enterprise.

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Participants will explore current marketing theory in order to develop a marketing plan, design a sales funnel, and develop sales strategies for a social enterprise to acquire potential customers.

MRKT-2009Marketing Campaigns and Metrics
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Participants will plan a marketing campaign, launch the campaign, define the marketing metrics to track campaign goals, and measure the performance of the campaign.

PROJ-2021Social Entrepreneur Project
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Participants will participate in a four-week consultation with mentors and an instructional team to complete the process of designing the infrastructure for the launch of a social enterprise.

All other year 2 courses must be completed prior to taking the Practicum.
SALE-2003Customer Relations Management
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Participants 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.

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Participants will be introduced to techniques for selling a product or service through a social enterprise. They will learn how to create sales artefacts aligning with customer engagement strategies designed to generate revenue. They will learn how to respond to an RFP.

WRKE-2021Social Entrepreneur Work Experience
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Participants will be placed with a community organization for a four-week placement to participate in building or improving the infrastructure for a social enterprise.

All other year 2 courses must be completed prior to taking the Practicum.

Computer/Laptop Requirements

Online learning is a critical component of course delivery in all Red River College programs. To ensure each student has the tools they need to achieve their academic goals, all Red River College 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/studentcomputing 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.

Graduate Employment Report

Red River College surveys its graduates on an annual basis to collect data related to the graduates’ employment status, salary, occupation and skill use. In addition, graduates are asked to indicate their level of satisfaction regarding the education they received at Red River College.

Visit www.rrc.ca/numbers/reports/graduate-satisfaction for graduate satisfaction and employment reports.

Contact Information

For Academic Advising to assist in program selection, contact Indigenous Liaison/Advisor Monica Morin at 204.631.3361.

For detailed program information, contact:

Pamela McLeod
Program Coordinator
F221 – 2055 Notre Dame Av
Email: pmcleod@rrc.ca


How to Apply

For information on how to apply to this program, follow the link below.


Student Evaluation of Program

Every year Red River College surveys students, in all full-time programs, to learn more about their college experience. The questionnaire includes questions about students’ experiences with College programs, facilities, and services offered.

Visit www.rrc.ca/numbers/reports/student-evaluation-of-program for student evaluation of program reports.

College Support Services

Red River College is committed to student success and provides valuable support services to assist in helping students make the most of their time at RRC.

Visit www.rrc.ca/supports for more information.

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