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Sustainable Venture Development Across Borders 7,5 Credits

Course Contents

The course includes theoretical concepts and implications of sustainable and regenerative venture development across borders. New sustainable venture development addresses social and/or ecological challenges across borders that can be met with innovation. Sustainable ventures aim to improve the well-being of populations in disadvantaged situations by including them in the venture business model and empowering them to generate societal change and nature regeneration. The course gives particular emphasis to entrepreneurial action, including opportunity development, strategic collaborations, frugal innovations, and resource development during start-up, including critical decisions and experiences of sustainable and regenerative entrepreneurs. The content reflects the various aspects relevant to a venture development, including:

  • challenges of social and ecological sustainability across borders, including exclusion, lack of services, diseases, environmental degradation, poverty
  • key concepts and models for sustainable and regenerative ventures like the doughnut economy, planetary boundaries, system thinking, and the circular economy,
  • frugal innovations addressing sustainability and regeneration;
  • shared value creation and bottom of the pyramid strategy,
  • sustainable and regenerative ventures model innovation and prototyping,
  • ethical aspects of the venture,
  • collecting, expressing, and analyzing material for building the sustainable or regenerative venture across borders,
  • presenting the results, and relating frameworks to the venture development.

Connection to Research and Practice
The course sustainable venture development across borders contextualizes the venture development process in line with sustainability; it does so by building on entrepreneurship literature, particularly design thinking approach, as well as sustainable development, and sustainable and regenerative business literatures. The course is closely related to JIBS core research focus on entrepreneurship and is delivered by JIBS faculty who are at the research frontier of entrepreneurship with interests in sustainability and regeneration. The students taking the course gain understanding of the importance of identifying the root causes of the social and ecological problems and learn to use design thinking tools when developing solutions to the identified problems. The practical relevance of this course lies in the acquisition of problematization and prototyping skills.


General entry requirements and 60 credits in Business Administration (or the equivalent) including the course Entrepreneurship (or the equivalent).

Level of Education: Undergraduate
Course code/Ladok code: JSVN11
The course is conducted at: Jönköping International Business School

Previous and ongoing course occasions

Type of course
Study type
Spring 2023: Mar 27 - Jun 04
Rate of Study
Course coordinator
Marcela Ramirez-Pasillas
Tuition fees do NOT apply for EU/EEA citizens or exchange students
Application code
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