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 India, Uganda or Nicaragua, design a product or service, and create a financially viable and impactful business solution. Professionals and experts based in the US and on the ground in the other country will mentor each team. By the end of the class students have a well-designed venture plan and may present for funding to pilot test their solutions in-country. This course is part of the Acara impact entrepreneurship program.


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 2018, 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, Steve Kelley, & Fred Rose