Social Equity Initiative

The program

The program is divided into 2 different stages: the initial diagnosis, during 1 semester for which 10 organizations are pre-selected, followed by the experience and consolidation stages, during 5 semesters in total only for the organizations selected from the diagnosis.

  • Benefit from a full diagnosis of your organization;
  • Receive a customized plan for the following 5 semesters and define annual KPIs.

(1) for the pre-selected 10 organizations


Semester 1: Situational View

  • Diagnosis Kick-off & 10 Organization Pitches
  • Hybridity and End Game
  • Additional activities with our community
    • Management Diagnosis (in 8 areas): Nova Junior Consulting
    • Legal, Accounting & Tax Diagnosis with the support of Vieira de Almeida and PWC
    • 2.5-Year Plan
    • Yearly KPIs
    • Deconstruction Session
  • Broaden and specify your perspective and skills to better address pressing issues on your organization;
  • Have access to several activities offered by Nova SBE’s community which will promote knowledge transfer and space for reflection;
  • Strengthen teamwork and cooperation within your organization;
  • Take time to integrate and apply your learnings during all 5 semesters;
  • Reflect on how to assure your organization’s impact and sustainability in the future;
  • Develop a pitch to selected investors from our community.

(2) only for the selected organizations out of the initial 10 after diagnose phase


Semester 2

  • Strategic Alignment
  • Systemic Change


Semester 3

  • Positive and Responsible Leadership
  • Entrepreneurial Learning


Semester 4

  • Revenue Streams Innovation
  • Impact Measurement


Semester 5

  • Developing a Business Plan
  • Social Marketing


Semester 6 - Consolidation View

  • Preparing a pitch for the community – self-diagnosis & future
  • Social Impact Investing


Additional activities with our community

Students Talent

  • Master Thesis
  • Student Clubs Projects
  • Volunteering / Pro bono internships
  • CEMS Business Projects


Faculty & Staff Expertise

  • Master Courses
  • Executive Programs
  • Talks & Seminars
  • Other Workshops


Mentors & Coaches Experience | Alumni Talent | Partners Expertise | Investors & Donors Financial Support

  • Diagnosis
  • Mentoring
  • Coaching
  • Team buildings
  • Webinars
  • Final pitches
  • Other support to the organizations


Research & Replication

We believe in the value and potential of a close relationship between business schools and the third sector, contributing not only to the capacitation of the social organizations in management competencies but also to the generation of more research opportunities about hybrid organizations and the social sector.

One of the goals of the Social Leapfrog program is the bidirectional knowledge transfer. As such, we hope not only to capitalize on the resources and knowledge of Nova’s community to capacitate the participant social organizations, but also to learn with the reality and specificities of these hybrid organizations, which combine the business and social dimensions, and give rise to new research opportunities within the school.

Additionally, the whole program being realized in constant interaction, reflection, and co-creation with Nova SBE’s community (students, Alumni, faculty, staff, and partners) contributes to its growth and makes it a very enriching experience for all stakeholders.

This said, since the beginning of the program, the entire project and process have been documented, and all templates used in each stage have been archived, facilitating its availability on the program’s website in order to be replicable in other geographies, adapting to its reality.

"Social Leapfrog was an amazing experience. It allowed me to work with real-life projects and to develop my skills as a consultant. However, the most enriching part was to work with people who have a purpose, vision, and are willing to take risks in order to improve our reality. It was really interesting to discover their path, struggles, and goals. Social Leapfrog Program is the perfect bridge between the Nova community and social entrepreneurs."

Mara Martins, Nova Junior Consulting

"Being able to participate in the Social Leapfrog Project as an NJC consultant was a remarkable experience. Taking on a project involving such unique organizations led me to face inimitable circumstances while allowing me to meet amazing people with a tireless drive to help others. Each and every social organization we had the pleasure to work with battled to fulfill their purpose, and it was an honor to help them improve their performance and results, and as a consequence, improve other people’s lives."

Nuno Rodrigues, Nova Junior Consulting

“(…) when the time came to decide the topic of my thesis, I decided to join the Social Leapfrog Program, a program that contributes to the development of social organizations in Portugal. In my case, I opted for the Alzheimer’s Association of Portugal, an organization that is committed to helping people with dementia and its caregivers. (…) It has been a challenging but rewarding journey exploring these different realities and seek creative solutions, adapting business tools to the social sector, and above all, having the opportunity to develop research that has a true impact!”

Vera Filipe, Master Thesis Student