EGR 488: Designing Ventures to Change the World

This course offers an interdisciplinary, hands-on, immersive opportunity to design services, technologies, products and ventures addressing the UN's 17 new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through a diverse portfolio of high-impact solo and team-based projects. Our course will weave together three strands of analysis and action: in-classroom exposure to entrepreneurship/social venture development and exploration of selected SDGs, plus a weekly design clinic to give students a chance to develop their own venture and solution ideas. Please see the Registrar's page for more information.

Sample Reading List

  • Karamchandani, Kunzansky, and Frandano, Monitor Group, Emerging Markets, Emerging Models
  • Kuenne and Danner, Built for Growth: How Builder Personality Shapes Your Business, Your Team, and Your Ability to Win
  • MacMillan and Thompson, The Social Entrepreneur's Playbook
  • See instructor for complete list 


John Danner

Reading/Writing Assignments

Readings will generally consist of 75-90 pages per week, with a written exam on core readings in week five. The final team assignments will be a brief video, presentation and 10-15 page paper, complemented by a 5-page individual essay and a course journal capturing your ideas throughout the semester. 


  • Paper in lieu of Final - 10%
  • Other Exam - 5%
  • Design Project - 10%
  • Lab Reports - 10%
  • Papers - 15%
  • Oral Presentation(s) - 15%
  • Class/Precept Participation - 25%
  • Other (See Instructor) - 10%

Prerequisites and Restrictions

None, except your individual curiosity and willingness to design a venture idea with your team. Students from all backgrounds and disciplines are welcome.

Other Information

Students who took EGR 498 "Special Topics in Social Entrepreneurship: Ventures to Address Global Challenges" are not eligible to take EGR 488.