This course aims to empower students with knowledge, orientations, and skills to evaluate pressing sustainability challenges and design entrepreneurial solutions that advance sustainability and deliver lasting positive change. Through case studies, frameworks, and hands-on projects, students learn about the entrepreneurial ecosystem of start-ups and venture capital, nonprofits and philanthropy, and other business models that can achieve co-benefits and sustainable outcomes. Students delve into the entrepreneurial founding and fundraising process and utilize a holistic integrative design approach to examine systems, engage stakeholders, and ultimately develop business models with the goal of delivering scalable and sustainable positive impact. The course combines lectures, videos, readings, guest speakers, discussion sessions, and group project-based learning. Students work in small teams to examine and engage in designing, prototyping, testing, and iterating on specific solutions, interventions, and business model innovations. The course culminates in a group project and final presentation prepared collaboratively by each team.

Instructors: Lin, M.
Faculty Principal Investigator (PI) Required?: N/A

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Participate in Stanford's Big Earth Hackathon challenge on wildland fires by finding an innovative solution to wildland fire prediction, prevention, and/or evacuation. Students work in self-organized diverse teams of 2-4 students in weeks 1-8, with a final presentation of the work on...
This course is designed for both undergrad and graduate students eager to explore how entrepreneurship can be utilized to promote sustainability and enduring positive change. Throughout this class, students have the invaluable opportunity to learn about the human-centered approach of startup making and generating the funding thesis from a teaching team of a design-thinking researcher, seasoned venture capitalists, and accomplished entrepreneurs, gaining insights into their strategies for creating lasting impacts...
The challenges associated with climate change and sustainability are seemingly ubiquitous throughout the broader entrepreneurship, venture, and innovation ecosystem today. But is entrepreneurship for climate and sustainability really unique? In what ways is it different from other forms of entrepreneurship? This seminar course, only open to members of the current Mayfield Fellows, Accel Leaders, Threshold Ventures Fellows, and Xfund Fellows.