EGR 488: Designing Ventures to Change the World

This course looks at global challenges reflected in the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), e.g., widespread poverty, disease, gender inequality, poor water, inadequate housing and illiteracy, through the lens of entrepreneurial ventures, exploring whether and how entrepreneurs can meaningfully address those issues in ways that complement governmental and charitable initiatives. First, we will consider the SDGs themselves, second, we will focus on one issue in particular: coffee business. 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.