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ENTR420 Sustainable Entrepreneurship

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An applied entrepreneurship paper that explores the development of innovative business models and new ventures that are designed to provide sustainable social and environmental benefits.

ENTR 420 is an introduction to sustainable entrepreneurship, using theory and case studies to investigate best practices, successes and failures, opportunities and constraints. The paper explores how innovation and entrepreneurship can help the health, wealth and well-being of social and environmental organisations and communities.

Paper title Sustainable Entrepreneurship
Paper code ENTR420
Subject Entrepreneurship
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period 1st Non standard period (20 September 2021 - 29 October 2021) (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,380.11
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,177.04

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Pre or Corequisite
ENTR 411
Limited to
MEntr, MSusBus, PGDipCom
(i) This paper includes a one-week on-campus component. (ii) International students should enrol for the on-campus offering of this papers (iii) students who do not meet the prerequisites for this paper, may apply for approval from the Programme Director to have the prerequisite waived.

Students from other Master's programmes can request Special Permission to enrol in this paper.  This paper is open to practicing professionals with Special Permission.  Contact

Teaching staff
Dr Sara Walton, Professor Brendan Gray and guest entrepreneurs.
Paper Structure
This paper explores issues of social and environmental responsibility within an entrepreneurial setting and is suitable for those searching for answers to questions such as:
  • Where did social entrepreneurship develop from?
  • How would you develop a social enterprise business model?
  • What can social enterprises learn from entrepreneurial ventures and vice versa?
  • What are the links between environmentalism and sustainable business practices?
Teaching Arrangements

Five full-time days of teaching on the Dunedin campus: Monday 27th September - Friday 1st October inclusive - attendance is compulsory.


Textbook information and readings will be made available on Blackboard on week before the paper starts.

Course outline
A course outline will be provided prior to the week of lectures. If you would like to see a copy of the most recent course outline for this paper please email
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
Students should emerge from this paper better able to:
  • Set up new ventures that contribute to social and/or environmental well-being
  • Adopt global perspectives when identifying and exploring new opportunities
  • Use lateral thinking skills that encourage exploring different paths to solve problems or exploit opportunities
  • Modify business strategies to accommodate key social and environmental issues, including sustainability; corporate social and environmental responsibility; innovative non-profit organisation business models and governance structures; and funding sources
  • Identify and utilise social and environmental trends.
  • Understand any ethical issues that may arise when starting a business

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1st Non standard period (20 September 2021 - 29 October 2021)

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system