GCC 3005/5005 Global Venture Design – What Impact Will You Make?

Tuesdays 2:30 – 5:30 pm, Fall 2018

Instructors: Steve Kelley, Senior Fellow, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Tom Fisher, College of Design, and Fred Rose, Acara Director. 

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.

What did past students get from GCC 3005/5005?

This is a good class for you if you like international work or want to try it out, you want to help people, and you want to develop well-rounded skills.

Tyler Olsen, GCC 5005 '16

GCC 5005 is a good class for you if you are self-motivated, passionate, and want to apply school to real work in the community on a grand scale. This is a good class for you if you like a challenge.

Emily Miotke, GCC 5005 '16, Global Studies '19

This is a good class for you if you want to be challenged to think outside the box and learn differently in an academic institute.

Anonymous Student, GCC 5005 '16

This is a good class for you if you are interested in design-thinking, want to work on challenging problems, want to make an impact, and flexible and excited to learn.

Anonymous Student, GCC 5005 '16