Fast Company has a brief article on the rise of social entrepreneurship and how that is being reflected in the courses that are being designed at the various MBA programs.

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More young people “want to make money and produce profits, but they want their work to have meaning and a social mission.” As awareness of business as a tool for social change spreads, MBA programs are drawing a different type of student, too. Jessica Droste Yagan, 26, majored in public policy as an undergraduate and worked on inner-city economic development before entering Stanford’s MBA program. “I’ve become convinced that the market makes the world go around,” she says. “If I want to make a difference, I need to learn how to use those forces for good.”

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It might be the bias inherent in my own network of friends, particularly because of the fact that many of us went through the Leadership Vancouver program here, which is focused very heavily on community development, but it certainly feels to me like many of the entrepreneurs I know are also more interested in building companies while having a positive impact on the community around them. Some of the examples of this are particularly obvious in the bioproducts arena where many of the technologies are truly green.

Another great example is the work being done by the people over at BC Technology Social Venture Partners in association with many of the local social entrepreneurs.