EFR minor

new economic thinking & social entrepreneurship

Erasmus School of Economics minor: new economic thinking & social entrepreneurship (15 ECTS credits)

How to contribute to a better world by enlarging your impact and developing sustainable business models?

Many of today’s most pressing challenges spark the need for transformative changes that deeply affect the way we think, organise and behave. They imply a fundamental change to an economy that is sustainable, circular, prosperous and inclusive. In this minor, we focus on understanding why and how transformative business models emerge and how students can contribute by developing business ideas themselves. The aim of this course is to explore new economic futures by critically engaging with innovative entrepreneurs and following academic debates around economic transition.

Even though more and more companies acknowledge their responsibility to contribute to global issues like climate change, poverty and resource scarcity, they often struggle to develop new business models and value propositions that help to guide and accelerate transitions to a sustainable economy and society. Examples are new business models based on circular/sharing economy, social entrepreneurship or impact investment. To embody this mindset and further empower you, the minor is linked to BlueCity010, a hub for new entrepreneurship which includes ‘Aloha’, ‘Rotterzwam’ and ‘Fruitleather’.

This minor is made possible by professor Karen Maas from Impact Centre Erasmus and the DRIFT team. In May 2019, you will be able to sign up for the academic year 2019-2020 here. Interested in learning more about this minor and how you can contribute to it? Feel free to send an email to pm.education@efr.nl.

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