Enabling Entrepreneurs to Shape a Better World



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If you would like to enroll for this course, there are no formal prerequisites or limitations. The course is free and open for everyone. Just register for an account on openSAP and go for the course!

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What you'll learn on the course

Foster Societal Change

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We already have the technology and knowledge to solve many of the world’s biggest problems, but that alone is not enough. Tackling society’s big issues also requires new ways of thinking and above all an entrepreneurial approach.

“Enabling Entrepreneurs to Shape a Better World” is all about developing a new mindset and learning to use field-tested tools and techniques for designing viable, impactful solutions for a better world - solutions that are – crucially – also based on self-sustaining business models.

This free, interactive course offers the chance to learn from some of the world’s top entrepreneurs and catalysts for social change. Featured speakers include Muhammad Yunus, Hedda Pahlson-Moller, Alexander Osterwalder, Cliff Prior, and Bill Liao. (You can read their biographies opposite).

The course is illustrated by a series of problem-based case studies on migration in China, Mexico, and Germany/Europe. These cases demonstrate how social action and business leadership can exert positive impact on some of the unique challenges posed by mass migration.

If you would like to dive deeper into the practice of impact-driven entrepreneurship, you will also have the option of joining an intensive special coaching track, where you will develop your ideas and work closely with an international team. On this optional special track, you will have the opportunity to participate in a competition, with a prize being awarded to the concept or project that shows the most potential for sustainable impact.

Course Characteristics

    • Starting from: May 30, 2016, 09:00 UTC. (What does this mean?)

    • Duration: 6 weeks with video lectures, (2-4 hours learning per week)

      plus, optionally, 3 weeks to participate in the coaching track competition

    • Assessment: Weekly assignments, optional coaching track competition. There is no final exam.

    • Course end: July 14. If you participate in the coaching track competition, then August 5.

    • Course language: English

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Course Content

Week 1: Entrepreneurship to Foster Societal Change

Week 2: Deep Dive into Problem Solving and Ideation

Week 3: Innovative Thinking, Approaches and Business Modelling

Week 4: Preparation and Testing

Week 5: Storytelling and Motivating

Week 6: Scaling Sustainably

Weeks 7-9: Coaching track competition (submission and evaluation of case-study-based business models)

Target Audience

    • People from all disciplines with an interest in entrepreneurship and social impact

    • Experienced entrepreneurs wishing to extend their skills to societal change

    • Anyone interested in applying entrepreneurial skills to the current challenges of migration and refugees

Course Requirements

    • There are no formal requirements for this course.

    • The course is free-of-charge.