Seminar: Sustainable Venturing (Environmental Entrepreneurship)

General Information

Title Sustainable Venturing (Environmental Entrepreneurship)
Number MGT001328S
Type Seminar
Offered in Summer semester
Lecturer Niklas Hagenow, Mirella Schrijvers


Course Description


Sustainable venturing/entrepreneurship refers to the use of the entrepreneurial processes to identify market opportunities associated with complex environmental problems (e.g. Dean & McMullen, 2007; York & Venkataraman, 2010). Hence, the seminar covers the following topics:

  • Entrepreneurial thinking and opportunity recognition
  • How entrepreneurs can address environmental degradation
  • Case study analysis of environmental ventures
  • Sustainable venture management simulation
  • Design thinking for sustainable ventures
  • Policy issues related to environmental entrepreneurship



After the successful completion of this module, students are able to:

  1. Understand and articulate why environmental sustainability offers business opportunity,
  2. Identify and evaluate environmentally relevant venturing opportunities,
  3. Explain the drivers and obstacles for numerous environmentally relevant industries


Teaching and Learning Method

This module will use a variety of teaching and learning methods such as case study discussions, presentations, project work and feedback. The method will be adjusted based on the specific content to be taught. For example, a case discussion in-class would require preparation by students before class followed by in-class discussion. Other content will be delived in mini-lecture format and applied to group project work. Feedback meetings will take place throughout the semester to ensure that teams are on track and the content is understood correctly. Students will also have the opportunity to get additional feedback on their final poster presentation and group report.



Fluency in English.