SOI-124 Entrepreneurship for Social and Environmental Innovation

Instructor Various Instructors
Modality In presence
Duration 16 hours
Period First semester, Second semester

15/11/2023 h.18:00-20:00
04/12/2023 h.18:00-20:00
24/01/2024 h 18:00-19:30
08/02/2024 h.18:00-19:30
22/02/2024 h.18:00-19:30
04/03/2024 h.18:00-20:00
13/03/2024 h.18:00-19:30
Thursday March 21 at 6:30pm (2h)
Monday April 8, at 6pm (2h)
Wednesday April 24 at 7pm (2h)
Friday May 3 at 5:30 pm (1h30)
Tuesday May 7 at 6:30 pm (1h30)

Course objectives

This immersive course stimulates students to put forward entrepreneurial ideas and engage in real projects that will have a positive impact on society and the environment.
The aim of this course is to help students develop a business idea with social impact from scratch. Through a series of seminars, workshops, and practical exercises, students will move from the theory to a real project addressing topics such as: identifying a problem and generating ideas (and meaningful solutions); creating a Social Business Model Canvas; developing a business plan and market analysis for their solution; assessing their social impact and communicating their project to a jury and an audience of stakeholders, venture capitalists and investors.
By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify real-world problems and generate innovative solutions with meaningful social impact.
  • Develop a Social Business Model Canvas for their entrepreneurial idea.
  • Conduct market analysis.
  • Assess and measure the social impact of their projects.
  • Effectively communicate their business idea to a jury, stakeholders.
  • Collaborate in groups to transform theory into practical, impactful ventures.
  • Receive continuous mentoring from experienced advisors and peers.

Content summary

Depending on the numerosity of the class, students will be grouped in teams and they will work together to develop their entrepreneurial idea and project work.
Students enrolled in the second semester will be able to catch up with the rest of the class through one additional workshop (date to be defined).
In order to obtain the credits, seminars’ attendance is mandatory. Continuous and active engagement with mentors and advisors is highly encouraged.
Students will be assessed also on their ability to work in teams and individually while developing their entrepreneurial project.
At the end of the course, students will compete in a pitching competition. The winners will be given the opportunity to take part in a National Competition among their peers from various universities in Italy.

Teaching methods

Lectures, cases and teamwork.


Slides and materials will be used during the course.