The Third Way

"The Third Way (T3W): Development of a new curriculum that supports and promotes Social Enterprise as a destination of choice for European vocational and higher education graduates"

The Third Way aims to...

“provide innovative and accessible learning programmes that support understanding and awareness of social enterprise. The curriculum devised will be available in digital form such as a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) or through Open and Distance Learning (ODL) via a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) as well as delivered as innovative face-to-face programmes of study.”

A live experience in a social enterprise?

We can support you in finding one! Abroad or At Home, in a Social Enterprise or in an Incubator. Find more on our Internship page

Register an Account or use the Courses without Registration!

All our content is available to use for free without registration. If you wish to receive a certificate for each course, registration is necessary: it makes it possible to track your course progress, as well as your answers to the quizzes – and it provides a name to put on the certificate. You can download a step-by-step instruction on how to register an account, how to use the MOOC’s and how to navigate the courses here.

Our Courses


Introductory Module

The starter module is an introduction to the curriculum, the MOOC and the project that has created these. Each of the modules are introduced with a brief description and certain essential and key elements are introduced.


Starting Up Your Business

Learn how to develop your business idea and turn it into a business plan. In conjunction with the module on financial management you can make up your financial plan.


Funding & Tendering

A successful bid or tender can be a lifeline, it can provide you with the funds you need to achieve your objectives and to be innovative.


Project Management

During this course you can improve your knowledge of project management within the social enterprise sector.


Financial Management

In this course you learn the basic principles on financial management everyone needs to know. We call it also Finance for non-financials.


Marketing & Social Media

This module introduces you to the basic Marketing principles and concepts by emphasising the value of Marketing within any entrepreneurial setting and the relationships with other functional areas of business.


Management & Leadership

This course will help you to understand what’s expected from you as a leader: i.a. becoming more self-aware, building your team, defining your believes and translate those to a vision, etc.


Governance & Leadership

This module will guide anyone interested in setting-up, working in or improving their impact within a Social Enterprise.


Impact Management

The information you will find in this module is the result of research on social impact measurement, several consulting assignments in the social sector and our experience in sharing our knowledge with college students.

Our partners

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What our partners have to say

It's really great to work together in this EU team of professionals. I strongly believe we can support a lot of entrepreneurs with our training modules.
Rob de With
From the Netherlands
There is a need for a better understanding how our economy is changing. Two main trends seem to be most relevant which are digital transformation and the new economic approach provided by social businesses. The Third Way Project provides sound information derived from recent research in a way that fits the needs of many young professionals and graduate students from both vocational training and higher education.
Prof. Dr. Thomas Köhler
From Germany
I am really pleased to be involved in the project and with this team. I believe this partnership is making a lasting contribution to the support of social enterprise across Europe.
Allan Michael Lawrence
From the UK