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Social Entrepreneurship in India (ENTR 714)

 India 2018 (ENTR 714)

 Mumbai, India

The International Monetary ‚Ä®Fund projects that India’s GDP will grow by 7.4 percent for 2016–17, making it the world’s fastest-growing large economy.  And yet, in this dynamic economy, an estimated 56% of Indians lack minimum acceptable living standards—spanning nutrition, water, sanitation, energy, housing, education, and healthcare.   For this course, we will travel to Mumbai to work alongside social entrepreneurs and organizations seeking to tackle these issues and make a direct impact in the lives of people living in some of the world’s largest slums.

Students will learn through direct experience about the challenges and opportunities faced by these social entrepreneurs, as they seek to develop and scale innovative solutions and sustainable business models to address seemingly intractable social problems around such issues as poverty alleviation, education, healthcare and environmental sustainability. Students will experience both classroom sessions and on-site project work. Classroom sessions will focus on the local conditions, key issues, business models and key strategic challenges of social entrepreneurship in India. On-site project work will require student teams to partner with specific social enterprises to address key strategic concerns and work together to design solutions.

Program Highlights

  • Become thoroughly immersed in Indian culture, and learn directly from leading social entrepreneurs in Mumbai, India
  • Offered in conjunction with SP Jain, one of India’s leading business schools
  • Two options available for MBAs
    • January 2-10, 2018 – students will learn directly from leading experts and social entrepreneurs in morning classroom sessions and then head out into the field every afternoon to see social entrepreneurship in action.
    • January 2- 19, 2018 Following the first week’s classroom and field sessions, students will work in teams, side by side with social entrepreneurs in the field, delivering innovative solutions to pressing strategic problems faced by a particular social venture
  • Students will participate in cultural events and outings.
  • Prerequisites: none
  • Fulfills: three-credit graduate elective
  • Students should expect a workload similar to a regular graduate business course with readings, case discussions, written deliverables, etc.
  • Students from other UST graduate programs may be eligible with the instructors’ permission.
  • Three on-campus sessions, Fall 2017, dates TBD

For more information, contact Dr. Mo Fahnestock at or Dr. Laura Dunham at

India 2018 (ENTR 714) Program Description

Graduate Study Abroad Policies and Procedures

(Applications now closed for J-term 2018)

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