Join the Social Enterprise Institute for a week long Spring Break Capstone Trip to Nicaragua
Entrepreneurship & Innovation BSBA students who need to take a senior capstone in the Social Enterprise track can opt to take Professor Shaughnessy’s ENTR4506: Advanced Topics in Social Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries capstone (CRN: 33750).
In this course, students will learn about sustainable enterprise solutions to extreme poverty in rural communities in developing countries. Students will examine how extreme poverty can be alleviated through the use of agricultural cooperatives financed and aided by impact investing firms to deliver “fair trade” and organic products such as coffee and cacao at premium prices to affluent consumer markets. From a business perspective, students will analyze and study the trade coffee trade in the global marketplace from impact investing firms like Root Capital to coffee bean purchasers like Starbucks.
During this course, our expectations are that each student will: read, write, discuss and debate, present, work in teams, engage in field research, develop a project plan, build financial statements, interact with people from a different culture, experience extreme poverty first-hand, travel to and live in an international setting, and participate in the decision-making process for grant funding, among other things.
Students will also have the opportunity to travel to Nicaragua during Spring Break with the Social Enterprise Institute to put theory into practice and visit Central America’s leading cooperatives, social businesses, social enterprises, and international organizations focusing on improving the lives of the poor. Students will also have the opportunity to impact invest $10K towards the organizations, social enterprises, cooperatives, and social businesses visited during the field practicum.
The Social Enterprise Institute will subsidize up to 75% of your travel costs, while the remaining cost will be subsidized through regular tuition. Students will pay the differential costs through fundraising.
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