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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.

    ENTR420 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.

    About this paper

    Paper title Sustainable Entrepreneurship
    Subject Entrepreneurship
    EFTS 0.1667
    Points 20 points
    Teaching period Not offered in 2024 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,482.46
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    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 paper (iii) students who do not meet the prerequisites for this paper, may apply for approval from the Programme Director to have the prerequisite waived.

    Practicing professionals and students from other Master's programmes can request Special Permission to enrol in this paper. For further information, contact


    Teaching staff

    To be advised.

    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 days (dates to be confirmed closer to paper opening) of intensive teaching on the Dunedin campus: 23rd September 2024 (Monday) - 27th September 2024 (Friday).

    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.


    Not offered in 2024

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
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