Overview

Use your entrepreneurial spirit for good and investigate how business and finance can be leveraged to change society for the better.

In this course, students will analyze how social movements are integrated into business, comparing how concepts such as innovation and entrepreneurship complement and clash with the principles of social impact. Investigating different models of entrepreneurship, students will learn how we are all working towards finding solutions and new ways of doing things within a larger system to affect positive social change.

Using New York City as their case study, students will meet change agents and visit innovation hubs to see how they view change on personal and professional levels. Students will also contrast the use of entrepreneurship as a change agent with other forms such as policy and activism. Are they always at odds with one another or is there a way to work together effectively? How can individuals within institutions learn and deploy entrepreneurial skills to make change?

Site Visits:

This is a new course. Possible site visits include:

A / D / O design and workspace
Purpose Global LLC
Wall Street
The High Line elevated park

Guest Speakers:

Previous guest speakers on this subject include:

Roya Kazemi, Vision Flourish; former head of GreeNYC
Eric Cantor, Managing Director, Mobile Global
Melanie Lavelle, CEO, Benefit Kitchen
Andrea Armeni, Founder & Executive Director, Transform Finance
Althea Erickson, Head of Policy, Etsy

Cost and Session Information

Day Program: $5,150*

Residential Program: $5,750*

Dates: July 21 - August 02 

*Listed program costs do not include course-specific lab and materials fees. Learn more on our website.

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