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Be Social Change Class: The Modern Social Venture Business Plan

Join Be Social Change on Monday July, 28th for Be Social Change Class: The Modern Social Venture with Mischa Byruck.

A “business plan” traditionally refers to a lengthy, bound, and laminated document, written before a business launches, detailing its every element with charts and research and projections. But in today’s social venture environment business plans must constantly evolve, and plenty of startups never write one at all. So what’s the deal? How should a social venture or nonprofit know if it needs a business plan? When is the document ready for presentation? How long should it be and what needs to go in it? In this class we will attempt to answer these questions without limiting ourselves to a single format, instead relying on real-world examples and active class participation to convey core concepts.

Note: This class has been designed for those interested in both for-profit social enterprises and nonprofits.


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• When and why change makers need to write business plans

• The difference between a business plan and business planning

• How to communicate social impact in a business plan

• The topics that need to be included in a business plan

• Social impact

• Competitive analyses

• Business model

• Financial projections


• Individuals contemplating founding a social enterprise or nonprofit

• Professionals who have an idea for a project, organization or business that will drive social change

• Founders and senior management of existing nonprofits and/or social enterprises

• Anyone trying to raise money for a social sector organization


Mischa Byruck (@MByruck) is a business consultant with a focus on social enterprise and an extensive finance and operations background. He is currently the Manager of Strategic Partnerships at DataKind, an organization using data science to tackle humanity's greatest problems. In 2004, Mischa launched 2004ward, a project that registered over 10,000 new voters in seven states. Following Hurricane Katrina, he founded Emergency Communities, an innovative $10 million humanitarian relief organization that built a chain of relief camps along the Gulf Coast at which 4,000 volunteers delivered food, clothing and shelter to over 50,000 people. As a social sector consultant Mischa has worked globally on projects for organizations like the United Way, Oxfam, USAID, the United Nations, and the Ford Foundation. He has helped launch and raise growth capital for over 70 new businesses. Mischa is a 2013 Coro Leader, a 2012 NYU Reynolds Fellow in Scaling Social Enterprises, a 2009 Wagner Scholar, and a 2007 Nominee for CNN Hero of the Year. He holds a BA from Columbia University and an MPA from NYU.


Mischa is also the author of the forthcoming guide, Business Plans and Planning for Social Enterprises and Nonprofits which forms part of the Social Good Guides produced by the Social Innovators Collective.

You can learn about his current work here and find out more about his background here.

Mischa is also the author of the forthcoming guide, Business Plans and Planning for Social Enterprises and Nonprofits which forms part of the Social Good Guides produced by the Social Innovators Collective.

You can learn about his current work here and his background on his LinkedIn page here


The Centre for Social Innovation is a Founding Partner of the Makers Institute and a home for nonprofits and social entrepreneurs in New York City. They’re building a movement of passionate people committed to a better world. Learn more at


The Makers Institute is the social good business school of Be Social Change focused on equipping founders, professionals, and creatives with the entrepreneurial skills needed to build sustainable startups, nonprofits, and purpose-driven careers. Through applied learning and practical training we help people develop 21st century business skills needed to create positive and sustainable impact. We offer classes, workshops, and boot camps in the following areas: business foundations, funding, communications, technology and professional development.

Learn more about the Makers Institute at 

Refund Policy: Refunds can be issued in full up to 48 hours prior to the start of the class by contacting Be Social Change.

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  • Rezwan R.

    Curious to know what ventures you guys are launching. As for me, the "Footprint to Wings" campaign can be seen as a social venture, and I'm working on the plan right now. Here's our landing-validation page. Your thoughts appreciated!

    July 29, 2014

  • Rezwan R.

    Wow, wish I could have gone to this. How was it?

    July 29, 2014

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