Juniorprofessur für Entrepreneurship

Forschungsseminar Social Entrepreneurship for Local Change (SS 2016)


A social entrepreneur applies business tools for solving social and/or environmental problems and primarily strives for social impact rather than monetary profit.

Social Entrepreneurship for Local Change is a programme offered by a 5-University Consortium in cooperation with relevant NGOs. The goal is to empower future social entrepreneurs through an interdisciplinary, problem-based learning environment that enhances the innovative competencies needed for addressing social, cultural and environmental challenges in Europe.

The module includes twelve live online sessions as well as interdisciplinary and international group work with students from Romania, Estonia, the Netherlands and other European countries.

A selected number of students have (in addition to the module) the possibility to receive a grant to attend a 10-day workshop in Romania, hosted by the Bucharest University of Economic Studies.

The online module consists of twelve 90-minute sessions including interdisciplinary and international collaborative group work. The thematic elements of the course are designed to give students core knowledge for understanding key challenges of social entrepreneurs and developing their own social business:

  • Identifying social challenges and setting goals
  • Designing social business ideas
  • Designing social business models
  • Revising and evaluating social business models

Intensive workshop in Bucharest (optional):
A selected number of students can additionally participate in an intensive workshop in Bucharest from 12-22 May 2016. Successful participation in the online part is a requirement for participating in the Bucharest workshop. However, participation in the workshop is limited. Each participating university can offer upto seven grants, covering travel and subsistence. Participation in the Bucharest Workshop requires personal application. More information will be given in the introductory session of the seminar on 29 February 2016.


The number of participants is constricted to 25 students ("first come, first serve“). Please note that the participation in the introductory session on 29 February 2016 is mandatory to attend the seminar in SS 2016.

As the module is offered to students from several European partner universities, the online course already starts on 29 March and ends on 21 June 2016.

The registration deadline for active participants in the online course is 22 February 2016.
Please enroll via OLAT.

Participation in the Bucharest Workshop requires personal application. More information will be given in the kick-off meeting on 29 February 2016.

Curriculum Participation in this course is free of charge and open to the following students:

  • Master Business Administration
  • Master Economics
  • Master Quantitative Economics
  • Master Quantitative Finance
  • Master Wirtschaftschemie (FPO 2014)
  • Master Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen (FPO 2014)


An active participation in the online seminar is required to achieve 5 ECTS and includes
(a) the identification of local challenges (individual work and group work in international teams)
(b) field research and case study development (individual work and group work in international teams)
(c) the development of a social business concept for a specific social challenge and presentation of the results (group work in international teams)

Further Information

Seminar space: http://bit.ly/1OZgu5S
Project website: http://www.hfwu.de/localchange
Find us on Facebook: https://goo.gl/Tht21B

About our Partners

The project is jointly administered by Nürtingen-Geislingen University, Nürtingen, Germany; VHL University of Applied Sciences, Larenstein, Netherlands; Bucharest University of Economic Studies (ASE), Bucharest, Romania; University of Kiel, Kiel, Germany; Estonian University of Life Sciences (EMU), Tartu, Estonia; Heldenrat Beratung für soziale Bewegungen e.V.; Odaida Creativa/The Creative Room, Bucharest, Romania; and the Estonian Social Enterprise Network, Tallinn, Estonia.

Reading list

A selected reading list will be given out in the seminar.