Public Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Public Entrepreneurship and Innovation


Public entrepreneurship is an alternative, inventive approach for leading change in public realms. This course is designed for future private entrepreneurs and public leaders who want to build new ventures operating in, or selling into, traditionally public domains. The last few years have seen a wave of new public entrepreneurs start companies that sell to government institutions, or directly to citizens, and a growing interest in these companies by ventures funds and other investors. Supporting these public entrepreneurs are the ecosystem partners making impact investments in this space, training technologists to work in it, and providing accelerator and incubator opportunities for start-up efforts – the course will help students evaluate and prepare for careers as public entrepreneurs across all three sectors.


Learning Mode


Study Level

Certificate Course


7 days

Course Delivery


Start Date

22nd September, 2020


£350 per module




Public entrepreneurs build something from nothing with resources – be they technologies, financial capital, human talent, or new rules – they do not command. Public entrepreneurs lead private companies or government sectors. In both cases, they borrow from the skills, strategies, and cultures of private entrepreneurship, and adapt best practices into contexts with high levels of public engagement and scrutiny, unique political opportunities and risks, and diverse and entrenched stakeholders.

The course looks at these special contexts and encourages students to see them not as potential obstacles, rather, to address them creatively as potential drivers of value and progress. The course covers themes and features cases with questions and dilemmas of both private entrepreneurs and public leaders.


This course is designed to introduce the concept, as well as engage students and their tutor in a joint learning experience of this field. Through this course, students will:

Courses Curriculum

Module 1

Concept of public entrepreneurship in the three-tier government

Module 2

Themes and features of public and private enterprises

Module 3

Comparative analysis of public and private entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship

Module 4

Dilemmas and obstacles of both private entrepreneurs and public leaders

Module 5

Stakeholders in public entrepreneurship

Module 6

Building career in public entrepreneurship

Module 7

Adapting private entrepreneurial culture in public entrepreneurship

Module 8

Private ventures marketable in traditional public sector: case studies

Module 9

Role of public entrepreneurs in the society

Module 10

Ethical choices in public leadership

Module 11

Policy modelling in public entrepreneurship

Module 12

Business and government

Module 13

Innovation and sustainability in public entrepreneurship

Module 14

Techniques for driving economic growth and development in public entrepreneurship

Module 15

Behavioral and institutional economics of public and private institutions

Module 16

Revenue challenges and management in public entrepreneurship

Key Benefit

Teaching Outcomes

After studying this course, students should be able to:

Teaching Methods

The Teaching Methods For This Course Include:

Fees and funding

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Please submit your application at least two weeks prior to the programme start date. Since qualified candidates are admitted on a rolling, space-available basis, early application is encouraged. Admission is selective and based on professional achievement and organisational responsibility. Although there are no formal educational requirements, proficiency in written and spoken English is essential. LSSE expects the full commitment of the participant and their organisation because our programmes enhance the leadership capacity of the participant as well as their organisation. While participants are attending a programme, sponsoring organisations agree to relieve them of their work responsibilities so that they can fully focus on the learning experience.
This course is accredited and, to be awarded credit, you must satisfactorily complete written components. Successful students will receive credit, awarded by the Board of Studies of London School of Social Enterprise and International Affiliates. The award will take the form of an Advanced Certificate. Exceptional students will be recognised.