Towards global solutions

This international course follows the concept of project-based practical learning. It is designed for people working in the forprofit or the nonprofit sector who are interested in intercultural project work and want to use their professional expertise in the service of social projects in developing countries. Experience in the field of nonprofit project work is not required, but it is necessary that the participants are willing to contribute their professional experience.
In this year's course, starting in Summer 2021 and ending in Spring 2022, you will work together with the project initiators on the following projects:

  • The project from Lima, Peru, uses digital media to enable educational programs in less developed areas, and tries to expand its reach.
  • The project idea from Mwanza, Tanzania, will create opportunities for young women to extend their mobility and tries to protect them from sexual assault.
  • The Initiative in South-India cares for elderly people in rural areas and is attempting to create new facilities for this purpose.
  • A new business model in Casablanca, Morocco, for underprivileged employees shall produce products from waste for an international market.
  • A new centre for the support of young entrepreneurs is to be established in Nairobi, Kenya.

What you will learn in the course

The course consists of a theoretical and a practical part. International academic and field experts provide you with profound knowledge on innovation management, social innovation, business development, global governance, and impact measurement.

In the practical part you will be member of a small team dealing with a real project in a developing country. Together with the project founder, you will collaboratively work online and on-site in the project country and take the respective project one step further toward a successful implementation (projects see above).

Both parts together create a unique course that gives you a real insight into modern approaches to entrepreneurial project management and significant development models for social innovation.

Most valuable were the learnings in intercultural teamwork, leadership and personal development. As a result of the course, I am better able to work with visionary leaders to achieve true impact in business and society.

Dominique Zygmont, Head of Political Affairs at Swissmem / Member of Parliament, City of Zurich, Switzerland

Seminar dates 2021/2022

Detailed schedule

M1: online, flexible start – September 13, 2021
M2: September 13 – 16, 2021 (4 days), University of Basel
M3: November 15 – 16, 2021 (2 days), University of Basel
M4: February 2022 (5-7 days), on site
M5: April 25 – 26, 2022 (2 days), University of Basel

Registration: August 21, 2021

Explorer fee: CHF 8'700

Pioneers: Application is closed.

Certification: Certificate of Advanced Studies of University of Basel (16 ECTS)


Robert Schmuki

Robert Schmuki
Head Executive Education & Knowledge Transfer
Steinengraben 22
4051 Basel

Tel: 061 207 56 26

More information on the course

Module 1: Entrepreneurship for Nonprofits

online, flexible start – September 13, 2021

This module provides the theoretical basis for the social business project. You learn the interrelations between organizational theory, financing models, social entrepreneurship, innovation and impact measurement. All courses are online and can be attended globally.

Module 2: Business Development

University of Basel, September 13 – 16, 2021 (4 days)

Presentation of the business models of the “Pioneers”, design thinking and business model canvas, innovation management and behavioral economics.

Module 3: Remote Coaching & Capacity Building

Remote & University of BaselNovember 15 – 16, 2021 (2 days)

Combination of guided project preparation and classroom work in Basel on business coaching and leadership, as preparation for the on-site module for the “Explorers”. Online integration of “Pioneers”.

Module 4: On-site Implementation

February 2022 (5-7 days)

The project teams join the social initiatives of the “Pioneers” in their country, realization of planned project, teams supported by local coaches.

Module 5: Evaluation

University of BaselApril 25 – 26, 2022 (2 days)

First evaluation of project development and lessons learnt for the “Explorers”. Online integration of “Pioneers”.

Nathalie Buschor
Founder, Coach/ConsultantBuschor Coaching&ConsultingZurich
Jasper BouwsmaFounder, CEOVujàdé Bienne
Dr. Sibel Gürler
Head, Statehood program
and Business & Peace
Cintia JaimeFounder, Social EntrepreneurFondation SapoCycleBasel
Robert Schmuki Head Executive Education & Knowledge transfer

University of Basel, Center for Philanthropy Studies

Prof. Dr. Georg von Schnurbein Director & Associate ProfessorUniversity of Basel, Center for Philanthropy StudiesBasel


Fondation Botnar

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