OnRamp Classes

Social Innovator OnRamp Course at UC Berkeley (4 Units)

When: Wednesdays 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM (Fall 2017)
Where: Blum Hall (B100), at the Blum Center for Developing Economies

Do you have an idea to improve the world that you are ready to implement? Are you still in school and want to get course credit for launching your idea? The Blum Center’s Social Innovator OnRamp course this Fall that will help your team get from idea to pilot (and beyond).All project ideas and early stage-projects that are driven by a social mission are welcome: projects can be local or global, for profit or non-profit; startups or NGO initiatives; technical products or social processes. Grad and undergrad students welcome. Open to all majors and departments.
This course will be taught be an instructional team consisting of business and technical backgrounds. Past guest speakers have included social venture practitioners (Nikhil Arora | Back to the Roots, Laura Statchel | WeCare Solar), venture capital investors (Chester Woolley | Unitus, Wes Selke | Better Ventures), and other social innovation experts.

OVERVIEW: This hands-on course introduces students to case work, best practices, and the tools necessary turn ideas for the social sector into viable products and services. Throughout the class, students further shape, evaluate and grow their own early-stage projects and ideas with support from OnRamp instructors and invited experts.

There is no thematic restriction to projects, other than that they must be driven by social good: projects can be local or global, for profit or non-profit; start-ups or NGO initiatives; technical products or social processes.

WHO IS THIS FOR: Apply to this class with your new ideas or early-stage initiatives. This includes projects that you have already begun through participation in the Big Ideas Contest or other classes or competitions; or through research, work or volunteer experiences. New ideas are also eligible.

HOW TO ENROLL: Students are required to apply together in groups of two or more to get the most out of this action-based class. You may recruit a friend to join! For more information or to apply to the course go to https://tinyurl.com/OnRamp2017.

For more information, contact Dr. Sophi Martin, UC Berkeley Blum Center, sophi@berkeley.edu

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