Tuesdays 2:30 – 5:30 pm, Fall 2018
In GCC 3005/5005 upper level undergrads and grad students work on multidisciplinary teams of 4-5 students to develop innovative financially-viable venture solutions to address water, energy, food/agriculture, health and livelihoods challenges in India, Uganda and Nicaragua. Each team will be supported by research staff based in these countries and a team of coaches. Teams will present their venture plans to a panel of potential judges at the end of the course.
In this course you will learn skills and strategies to effectively develop solutions to social and environmental problems-regardless of your academic or career interests. These skills include design thinking, business and value proposition models, theory of change, communication skills, community needs and assets mapping and more. You can learn more about this course by reviewing the Fall 2017 Syllabus. Seats are limited to 70.
Students from this course are strongly encouraged to take PA 5270 in January, 2019 to develop their solution and then compete for up to $5000 in fellowship funding at the Acara Challenge to pilot and launch their venture idea. The most passionate, committed teams from the course are likely to receive seed funding.
This course is accepted as an elective for the following programs: Honors course requirement, Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering B.S., Civil Engineering B.C.E., Entrepreneurial Management B.S.B., International Business B.S.B., Public and Nonprofit Management B.S.B., Entrepreneurial Management Minor, Leadership Minor, Product Design Minor, and the Sustainability Studies Minor.
This course is part of the University’s new, innovative Grand Challenge Curriculum.