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Practical Business Models for Social Ventures

This one-unit class will examine business model and design-thinking considerations for base of the pyramid and marginalized population needs. We will apply lessons learned from case studies and a growing body of research to the enterprises that students identify. The course will help students identify ventures that create social and commercial value. We will then explore the underlying structure, constraints, and tradeoffs when addressing social problems and wicked problem spaces. Topics will include value-chains and distribution methods, capital requirements, business models and the business
2016-17 One time only.

Course Credit:

Geoff Desa

Open to graduate students only.

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Last Updated: 3/15/18