GCC 3005/5005


Global Venture Design: What Impact Will You Make?

Addressing many of the world's most pressing environmental and social challenges requires not only an idea, but a plan to establish a scalable solution. In this project-based course, multidisciplinary teams design venture solutions to global grand challenges related to environment, health and development. For example, teams may address a challenge related to water supply, energy availability, food/agriculture production, waste management, or public health.

This fall, teams will identify a specific challenge in Puerto Rico, India and Greater Minnesota; design a product or service; and create a financially viable and impactful business solution. Professionals and experts based here and in their various locations will mentor each team. By the end of the class students will have a well-designed venture plan and will be well-prepared to compete in the Acara Challenge for fellowship funds to pilot their ventures if desired. 


What Students are Saying

“I was humbled that I didn’t have all the answers in the world. But I also gained confidence by learning how other people had started their own businesses. This class has given me confidence to know I can do it.”

Course Details

Meeting Time: Fall 2019, Tuesdays from 2:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Location: East Bank 

Liberal Education Theme: Global Perspectives

Topics: Environment, health and development, venture design

Credits: 3

Prerequisites: Must be a junior, senior, or graduate student

Professors: Thomas Fisher & Megan Voorhees