ASiiA Summer School

What you can expect from this program: 

This 14-day experiential learning program covers what business models entrepreneurs and non-profit enterprises can use to solve social and environmental issues. A combination of pre-session reading, journaling, and individual and group reflection/discussions will assist participants in combining practical and theoretical knowledge for a better understanding of the challenges and charms of cities and rural populations in the Saxony area.

During the second week, students participate in the Praxisteil Social Innovation Camp. This workshop offers the opportunity to try out innovative ideas without financial risk. With helpful feedback from the community, the ideas can then be developed to market maturity. Within the framework of a student company, entrepreneurial activity is simulated in practice. From socially relevant to research-oriented topics, any idea can be implemented proto-typically in the spirit of experimental learning.

The course is available to students of all disciplines. Basics in business and economic studies are therefore not compulsory. Program enrollment is given on a first come first serve basis.  

What will you learn?

  • Introduction to social entrepreneurship, characteristics, and trends
  • Entrepreneurial mindset
  • Opportunities for social entrepreneurship
  • Theory of change, impact model
  • Design thinking
  • Lean Start-up - Method
  • Business model design, business model patterns and innovation
  • Integration of business model and impact model
  • Development of a strategic plan for a social business
  • Financing a social business
  • Social entrepreneurship and growth
  • Social impact measurement
  • Identify social problems
  • Create Problem-Solution-Fit
  • Work within the platform Concept!on
  • Found a digital social entrepreneurship campaign

Program at a glance

Program Dates: August 4-17, 2019
**Students must meet in Germany on the 4th and plan to depart on the 17th. Students will travel independently

Application: Olds College students only - Outbound Application Form

Applications Close: March 25, 2019

Delivery: Technische Universität Chemnitz and Hochschule Mittweida, Saxony, Germany

Costs & Fees:  

  • Alberta resident: $2800
  • Non-Alberta resident: $3600

**Scholarships may be available from your home institution. Speak to your institution's education abroad office for more details
**There is a $1000 non-refundable deposit due April 15, 2019
**Fees must be paid in full by July 1, 2019

Program Fees Include: tuition, social innovation camp, in-country travel, accommodations and some meals

**Flights not included. Students are responsible for own flight booking
**Travel insurance not included. Discuss your options with your institution's education abroad office
**Non-Canadian students are responsible for obtaining any necessary visas

Prerequisites: See your institution's education abroad office