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Fall 2018-2019
* EGR 488   No Audit

Designing Ventures To Change the World

John D. Danner

This course looks at global challenges reflected in the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), e.g., widespread poverty, disease, gender inequality, poor water, inadequate housing and illiteracy, through the lens of entrepreneurial ventures, exploring whether and how entrepreneurs can meaningfully address those issues in ways that complement governmental and charitable initiatives. First, we will consider the SDGs themselves, second, we will focus on one issue in particular: coffee business.

Sample reading list:
Karamchandani, Kunzansky, and Frandano, Monitor Group, Emerging Markets, Emerging Models
Kuenne and Danner, Built for Growth: How Builder Personality Shapes Your Busine
MacMillan and Thompson, The Social Entrepreneur's Playbook
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Readings will generally consist of 75-90 pages per week, with a written exam on core readings in week five. The final team assignments will be a brief video, presentation and 10-15 page paper, complemented by a 5-page individual essay and a course journal capturing your ideas throughout the semester.

Paper in lieu of Final - 10%
Other Exam - 5%
Design Project - 10%
Lab Reports - 10%
Papers - 15%
Oral Presentation(s) - 15%
Class/Precept Participation - 25%
Other (See Instructor) - 10%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
None, except your individual curiosity and willingness to design a venture idea with your team. Students from all backgrounds and disciplines are welcome..

Other information:
Students who took EGR 498 "Special Topics in Social Entrepreneurship: Ventures to Address Global Challenges" are not eligible.


Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23156 L01 12:30:00 pm - 01:20:00 pm M   Computer Science Building   104   Enrolled:11 Limit:40
23155 B01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm M   Computer Science Building   104   Enrolled:11 Limit:40