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The course MAN 639 TRANSFORM - Innovation & Entrepreneurship for Sustainability is a collaborative course on innovation and (social) entrepreneurship for sustainable development. It was offered by a team of lecturers across the Universities of Heidelberg, Warsaw, Sorbonne, Copenhagen, and Mannheim. The course introduced the concepts of open and frugal innovation, strategic thinking for social problem solving, scaling sustainable solutions, and measuring societal impact. TRANSFORM effered students a unique opportunity for intercultural exchange, critical thinking and pro-active learning.

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The course consists of four modules (innovation, strategy, scaling, and impact). Throughout the semester students team up in groups across universities to create service, product or process innovations that address a sustainability challenge (course project). After an introduction of the key concepts, students analyze and examine how these concepts can be applied to their course projects. Therefore, the course does not only provide a strong theoretical foundation, but also allows students to gain valuable insights into the concrete application of concepts through a hands-on and practical approach. Lecturers from the participating universities conduct classes in their respective areas of expertise and jointly mentor student teams.

The course builds on the previously established “Accelerating Investment Readiness” MOOC (#AirMOOC, see https://youtu.be/yPUVuh_uFgg), but extends its contents significantly. It took place online with students from all universities. The sessions alternate between content and application, allowing students to work on their projects regularly. At the end of the semester students presented their results and wrote an assignment. The best student outputs will be featured on the public online platform (https://transform-sustainability.org/) the team of lecturers will build for the contents to be used by other university educators globally. The platform will also provide all contents to students.