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PPOL 3050 introduces students to innovative approaches to solve the world's biggest problems, such as poverty, climate change, and lack of access to quality healthcare, housing and education. The course incorporates guest lectures by social entrepreneurs from the field via video conference. The course is cross-listed in the College (GDS 3050) and Curry (EDLF 3050) and is supported by the Jefferson Trust and the UVa Provost's Office.
This weeklong course walks students through the design processs of social enterprises, emphasizing the importance of empathy in successful social ventures.
The SAS Social EntrepreneurSHIP program is under the leadership of Christine Mahoney. The Spring 2014 SAS voyage enables students to learn the principles of innovation, creative problem-solving, and entrepreneurship, while working to assess and tackle real-world issues with global leaders who are currently engaged in creating solutions to actual problems faced in countries on the voyage.
The first course (PPOL 4735) of these experiential courses has a local focus, and the other has a global focus (PPOL 4730), with 15 students enrolled in each. These experiential courses allow the students to apply what they learn in the Fall course through work with social entrepreneurs in Charlottesville and beyond.
iStartup is a fourteen week course-plus-simulation designed to provide you with not only the basic tools and vocabulary of new ventures, but also a sense of what it feels like to start, fund, and survive such a venture. The course, by way of in-class case discussions and mentored group projects, introduces students to a broad range of issues faced by founders and funders of both for-profit and non-profit ventures. The experience of the course has been described as, “Entrepreneurship 101 meets the Amazing Race.” Listed as COMM 2559 and ENGR 1559.
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