Project B2-6

The overall goal of the project is to establish an embracing supporting network and programme for social and sustainable student entrepreneurs. To enhance the chance for realising business ideas with a social or sustainable focus, the project targets the establishment of specific promoting measures next to the regular start-up support at the University of St.Gallen and the University of Zurich, thereby focusing on a high degree of collaboration between the two institutions and their partners.
SnS VENTURES is based on three steps: "SOURCE" shall foster student engagement and raise students' awareness for creating social and sustainable business ideas. In this stage, a strong collaboration with local student organizations is planned, especially for joint events and a better reach of students. The project will also provide the physical and online central contact point for interested students including an overview of the surrounding activities and organisations.
The "ENABLE"-stage will provide founding-interested students with an early support, basic skills and individual consulting to turn ideas into concrete projects. On the one hand, this will be reached by educating students via lectures and courses, and on the other hand by working closely with highly experienced partners for workshops and individual consulting. For both the lectures and the workshops, the project will provide an overview.
During the final step named "EXECUTE", a few highly promising projects will be chosen for an intensive support phase. Additionally, these social and sustainable entrepreneurs will be provided with infrastructure (e.g. work rooms).

Project leader
Ms Dorina Thiess
University of St. Gallen
Center for Entrepreneurship
Involved universities:
University of St. Gallen
University of Zurich

Project duration
01.07.2013 - 30.06.2016


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