Towards global solutions

This CAS follows the idea of project-based learning. The participants get the opportunity to test and execute the contents of the course directly on real-time projects in social enterprises around the world. The CAS is designed for leaders of social initiatives and nonprofit organizations (NPOs) and enterprises that target global challenges of our society (e.g. child health, education, migration, etc.). The need for intercultural co-operation, innovative projects and new thinking demands for leaders who adapt quickly to new circumstances and are able to overcome cultural differences.

What you achieve

In this course, you learn and improve your skills as a leader of projects and initiatives. International academic and field experts provide you with profound knowledge on innovation management, social innovation, business development, global governance, and impact measurement.

In intense team collaboration, mentored by experts, you learn and understand how social initiatives are planned, managed and implemented in a developing or emerging country. This brings new perspectives and skills into your own organization, be it a nonprofit organization, a social business or a corporate CSR unit. The in-depth theoretical training is complemented by real-world deployment, offering you insights and experiences that you can never learn from a book.

This combination of theoretical education and concrete local engagement is a unique opportunity in education in social entrepreneurship on University level.

Target group

The course brings together participants with existing or emerging social business ideas from developing countries and participants from developed countries:

Pioneers are leaders of social initiatives from emerging and developing countries, working in the areas of health care or with children. Already selected are Pioneers from Bangladesh, Morocco, Tanzania, Egypt and Colombia. Meet the Pioneers

Explorers are experienced persons from developed countries working in nonprofits, foundations, or business corporations.

This certificate course is a deep dive into building a business and gave me full exposure to the management in a intercultural environment. And last but not least the program really creates a social return.

Albert Konrad, Kehrli & Zehnder

Seminar dates 2019

Module 1: latest start January 18, 2019,
online course open from December 2018 - February 2019
Module 2: February 18-21, 2019 (Basel)
Module 3: April 4-5, 2019 (Basel)
Module 4: August/September 2019 (on-site)
Module 5: October 7-8, 2019 (Basel)

Registration deadline: January 18, 2019

Explorer fee: CHF 8'700
Pioneers: application for a scholarship closed for this year

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

Program supported by Fondation Botnar

Impressions course 2018/2019

More information:

Module 1: Entrepreneurship for Nonprofits

online, December 2018 to February 2019, flexible start

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, February 16 - 21, 2019 (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 Basel, April 4-5, 2019 (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

August/September 2019 (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 Basel, October 7 - 8, 2019 (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



[Translate to English:] Pioneers

Bernard Makachia is the founder of "Education for Better Living". The organization aims to reduce teenage pregnancies and enable young people to live a life without coercion, discrimination and gender-specific violence. He aims to strengthen his organization and the local community by building a local environmentally friendly social business. The CAS shall provide him with the necessary knowledge.

Lina Maria Mejía is the founder of "Platohedro", an experimental and community lab based in Medellin, Colombia. Since founding "Platohedro" in 2004 she has been involved in projects that are primarily aimed at young people. In doing so, she strongly relies on the element of art and technology to build up collaborations, non-violence and community work. She is particularly interested in deepening her knowledge of social innovation and business development in order to strengthen and secure the work of her organization in the long term.

Oumaima Mhijir - network and telecommunications engineer - has been working at the Amal Center in Marrakech since 2015. Amal is a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering disadvantaged women through restaurant education and job placement. She wants to participate in the CAS in order to pass on the entrepreneurial skills she acquires in her network and to further strengthen her organization.

Muhaimin Khan is active in the start-up scene in Bangladesh - with the main goal of creating perspectives for the huge young population. For example, the Kids Go Coding program teaches children from less privileged families in Dhaka how to use computers and code - from planning projects to coding. He wants to improve his ability to create new social innovations to help his country solve major challenges.

Mohamed El Hossary – Egyptian business developer – has set up "Project Nitrous", which employs digital fabrication technology to address the unique day-to-day needs of people with disabilities in Cairo. He also engages in projects in the area of 3D-printing. His main motivation to take part in the CAS is knowledge sharing and the exchange of inspiring ideas, which will also add value to his Nitrous project.




[Translate to English:] Robert Schmuki

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

Tel: 061 207 56 26