865-0020-00L  Social Entrepreneurship – Driving Sustainability in Business

SemesterAutumn Semester 2023
LecturersF. Brugger, C. Inauen
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish
CommentOnly for MAS/CAS in Development and Cooperation students, as well as specialists with at least 24 months of practical experience in international cooperation.

ETH doctoral students working on topics related to poverty reduction in low- and middle income countries may also be admitted.

Registration only through the NADEL administration office.


865-0020-00 GSocial Entrepreneurship – Driving Sustainability in Business
Block course: 23.11. – 24.11.2023
16s hrsF. Brugger, C. Inauen

Catalogue data

AbstractThis course introduces the concept of social entrepreneurship, understanding in which situations and under which conditions the concept can be applied, and the basics of developing a business strategy for a social enterprise.
ObjectiveThis course introduces the concept of social entrepreneurship over three different blocks. The first part is dedicated to the definition, history, context and the successes and blockers of social entrepreneurship, including some real-​world examples. In the second part the participants will learn to transform a social business idea into a concrete social business plan. The last block of the course is dedicated to the power of storytelling, where participants learn how to pitch their business ideas convincingly.
Content– Definitions of “social entrepreneurship” and the difference with “entrepreneurship”
– Get inspired by concrete examples of successful social ventures
– Formulate a social business plan using the business canvas methodology
– Learning to think and act like a social entrepreneur 
– The art and power of storytelling in an entrepreneurial context
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesassessed
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesassessed
Social CompetenciesCustomer Orientationassessed

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits1 credit
ExaminersF. Brugger, C. Inauen
Typeungraded semester performance
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionRepetition only possible after re-enrolling for the course unit.

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