Colorado State University has an incredible program within the Business School — Global Social and Sustainable Enterprise — that “seeks to provide sustainable enterprise solutions to some of the most stubborn issues of our time including poverty, disease, malnutrition and environmental degradation… [equipping students] with the tools and network to become a global social entrepreneur, where the bottom lines are people, planet and profit. This concentration is in the business of creating a better world, improving the lives of people, while building profitable ventures.”
One of many laudable aspects of the program is the 50/50 ratio of US and domestic students in each cohort. As we learned recently at their annual kickoff celebration — hosted at sustainable business paragon New Belgium Brewery, this translates into teams with experience on multiple continents, often boasting 10 languages spoken on an individual project.
Six prospective companies presented their plans as the program’s second cohort. We expect one or two of these to become strong companies after graduation, if not before. Here are very brief summaries of the concepts: Continue reading