Social and Sustainable Venturing examines the innovative power of entrepreneurship to solve global social and environmental challenges. This course explores the theories, concepts, and tools relevant to identifying opportunities and implementing a business with positive social and environmental outcomes. Using successful business models that have contributed to sustainability across a broad array of sectors, we will learn how that entrepreneurship can be used as a transformative mechanism in addressing global problems such as inequity, poverty, disease, air pollution, water pollution, toxic waste, species elimination, soil loss, and climate change.
This course uses case studies and experiential exercises to engage students in the learning process. Our focus will be on creative and driven people who have dedicated their lives to making a difference through values-based entrepreneurship in selected international destinations of the SAS Spring 2017 voyage. We will arrange a field trip to meet some entrepreneurs who have been successful in achieving their goals. Finally, student teams will give a pitch of business idea that addresses a social or environmental problem.
Field WorkCountry: Morocco
Date: April 11, 2017
Moroccan entrepreneurs will share their experiences with SAS student who will help the entrepreneurs brainstorm any business issues that they bring for the students to consider. Six or more Moroccan entrepreneurs will work with student groups, and at the end of the day, will report out to the entire field class what they have learned and generated for the entrepreneurs, enabling all students to learn from each group.
1. Learn and understand what motivate the Moroccan entrepreneurs to start and manage their own businesses
2. Evaluate the specific stages in the development of an entrepreneurial business
3. Understand the opportunities and challenges that face entrepreneurs
4. Assess the sustainability and social impact of the Moroccan enterprises