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Sustainable and Social Entrepreneurship: Triple Business Models

TUSS - Intro 2

Can entrepreneurs save the world? In this summer intensive you will discover hands-on how the entrepreneurial mindset - backed up by entrepreneurial knowledge and skills - can deliver novel and radical solutions to society's biggest challenges.

Course information

This course in short

  • Content:
    Identify, design and launch your own social enterprise under the guidance of Dr. James Small, Director of Tilburg Centre of Entrepreneurship (TCE) and Professor of Entrepreneurship Prof. dr. Erkko Autio. At the end of the 1-week intensive you are ready to pitch your social enterprise concept to a panel of experts and investors.
  • Entry requirements:
    Third years Bachelor's students and students about to enter their Master's program. English proficiency (spoken and written) is required.
  • Taught by:
    Dr. James Small and Prof. dr. Erkko Autio
  • Start date:
    Monday 2 July 2018
  • Duration | ECTS:
    1 week | 2 ECTS
  • Language of instruction:
  • School:
    Economics and Management (TiSEM)
  • Course fee:
    Course fee: €500
    • 10% discount for current Tilburg University students*
    • 10% discount for students from partner universities*

    *Combining discounts is not possible, discounts are not applicable for Language courses

Course aims

This course gives you:

  • Knowledge and understanding of core theories, methods and techniques used in entrepreneurship;
  • Knowledge of how entrepreneurship can deliver novel solutions to complex problems arising from global sustainability issues.

You will develop the skills needed to:

  • Initiate, plan, conduct and complete a business projects in which your new knowledge of social entrepreneurship is applied;
  • Generate creative ideas and translate them into concrete plans for creating and running a business;
  • Experiment with new ideas, attitudes, and behaviors;
  • Present and pitch your business idea and analysis to a panel of professionals.

This summer school stimulates you to:

  • Be curious about all aspects of entrepreneurship, innovation and business and to really understand how they interact with society at large;
  • Develop an ‘opportunity’ orientation in which you view global problems as challenges with a variety of potential solutions;
  • Be open to learning and experimentation as key to your self-development and further education.

Course content

Why this course?

Increasingly we are challenged to find novel and even radical solutions to societal and environmental problems. An entrepreneurial mindset and entrepreneurial knowledge and skills, when applied to these types of problems, can help to uncover opportunities and deliver sustainable solutions. That is why we offer this fast, intensive summer school program.

This course...

  • is structured to provide you with key insights and hands-on experience in identifying, designing and launching a social business or enterprise;
  • comprises a combination of academic- and practitioner- guided workshops, real world assignments and team work;
  • wraps up with a pitch in front of a panel of experts in the field of social enterprise.

Approach and learning goals

During this summer school:

  • You will create and evaluate ideas for new social business and enterprises, see if they meet a need, understand if there is a market and if so, who the customers are;
  • You will work on defining and refining  your social business model, on what your enterprise needs, how to design the organization and how to obtain finance -  from first idea to launching the venture, in short;
  • One crucial aspect of SSE-TBM is to help you to understand challenges in balancing the drive to meet the purpose of your impact enterprise with the need to develop a sustainable business model that is also financially viable. This requires leadership and decision-making models that differ in specific ways to those of traditional enterprises.


At the end of SSE-TBM you will pitch your social business or enterprise ideas to a panel of experts and investors. The assessment will be based on two elements:

  • the quality of your team’s analysis of your business model, including insights and reflections  as to the model’s strengths and weaknesses;
  • the extent to which your pitch and presentation show creativity, and how well they convey your message.

Course materials and specifics

Course materials

  • No course book is required; course materials are made available either electronically (via the TiU library) or in print via your lecturers.

Course specifics

    • English proficiency (spoken and written) is required.
    • Students who do not achieve an overall grade of 5.5 will be given one final opportunity to improve their analysis and reflection report.
    • Applications must contain a CV and a motivation letter in which you detail your interest in entrepreneurship in relation to sustainability and social impact. The acceptance will be based on both CV and motivation letter.

    Application and registration

    Your application for Sustainable and Social Entrepreneurship: Triple Business Models must include your CV as well as a letter of motivation in which you detail your interest in entrepreneurship in relation to sustainability and social impact. These documents should be uploaded during the registration process. Once you have completed your registration, the course coordinator will evaluate your application.

    Your registration for Tilburg University Summer School must be completed by May 31st, 2018. Tilburg University Summer School reserves the right to cancel the course in case there are not enough applicants. If the maximum number of students is reached, a waiting list will be used.


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