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.

This course takes place on Mondays from 12:30pm to 4:20pm. 

Sample Reading List

D.Collins, J. Morduch, S. Rutherford,O. Ruthven, Portfolios Of The Poor
S. Goldman and B. Nalebuff, Mission in a Bottle
P. Collier, The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing Assignments

There will be one written essay-style test that will cover excerpts from some readings; and several shorter pop quizzes on that week's reading. Students are required to keep a "Semester's Journal" in which to record your questions about the issues we are considering, and your ideas and/or reflections about those issues. Team 4-minute YouTube Video summarizing a venture idea of your own and explaining why it's a promising and sustainable idea.


Final Exam - 25%
Other Exam - 20%
Design Project - 15%
Quizzes - 15%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%
Other (See Instructor) - 10%

Prerequisites and Restrictions

There are no prerequisites for this course other than a curiosity about its focus and a willingness to engage actively in class discussions and assignments. Students from across the campus 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.