Global Venture Design – What Impact Will You Make?

In Global Venture Design – What Impact Will You Make? (GCC 5005), upper-level undergrads and grad students work on multidisciplinary teams of 4–5 students to develop scalable venture solutions to address a global environmental or social challenge with a specific focus on specific challenges in India, Uganda and Nicaragua.

In the course you will:

  • learn to understand a grand challenge in developing economies (specifically India, Uganda and/or Nicaragua)
  • design a social venture solution
  • collaborate on an interdisciplinary project team
  • be mentored by business professionals
  • pitch your venture to community and business leaders.

The Fall 2016 course will focus on developing venture solutions to address water, energy, food/agriculture, health and livelihoods challenges in India, Nicaragua and Uganda. It is up to each team to identify a specific problem and develop a financially sustainable venture solution to that problem. Each team will have a professional mentor to guide its venture development. See the 2015 course syllabus for more information about the course.

The best teams will have the opportunity to pursue incubation support and seed funding through the Acara Challenge venture plan competition to pilot and launch their business ideas. The most passionate, committed teams from the course are likely to receive seed funding.

When does the course meet?

The Fall 2016 class will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:15–9:30 am on the Minneapolis campus . There will also be an optional impact studio session once per week with Acara staff and professional mentors to work on your venture.

Who is teaching the course?

GCC 5005 is co-instructed by Fred Rose , Steve Kelley and Thomas Fisher with instructional support from Acara staff in India, Uganda and Nicaragua.

How can I register?

This class is now open for registration to graduate, professional and upper-level undergraduate students. Seats are limited to 70. Register soon while space remains!