Social Entrepreneurship Experience


All DMU undergraduate students are eligible to apply for this opportunity. The maximum number of places is 30, and the minimum number of students required is 15 for the programme to go ahead. Please check our eligibility criteria for further details.


Do you want to make a positive impact in the world?

Join this interactive workshop based on a real UNDP Partner social enterprise in India who are positively disrupting the waste management and women’s empowerment sector and addressing 14/17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.

There are 3 key components of the workshop:

  • First, you will play the role of one of several stakeholders in a complex system: Put yourself into the shoes of others to build an understanding of their needs and concerns, through which you will understand the drivers of the current urban waste management problem.
  • Second, solve the problem:
    Take the role of a social entrepreneur, and build a sustainable business model to address the problem you have just experienced.
  • Third, you’re invited you to help drive innovation:
    The urban waste management problem is vast and the solution needs to scale while keeping women’s empowerment the core focus.

Do you compromise on women’s income in the short term to scale the organisation for long term development? How will you deal with conflict and competition from the incumbents in this sector? What does it take to systematically solve this problem? Explore the diverse perspectives to these questions and many others.

Learning objectives

By participating in this workshop, you will:

  • Understand the UN SDGs in the context of real social enterprise
  • Develop an understanding of Systems Thinking and how to tackle problems holistically by simulating a real system
  • Become resourceful and improve decision making by responding to unforeseen issues that frequently occur on the ground
  • Use tools such as Design Thinking, which will facilitate skill development in business model innovation, problem solving, teamwork and communication
  • Form the foundation for you to engage further in solving complex social problems
  • Receive a UNDP Certificate and open up internship and volunteer opportunities with social impact organisations in India

Contact details

Opportunity-specific enquiries – Sunita Patel –


If you would like to participate in this learning opportunity, click the ‘Apply now’ button at the bottom of this page. You will receive more details about the opportunity to your DMU e-mail account shortly after the deadline. Please, check your inbox as well as junk inbox regularly.

Key information

  • Application deadline: CLOSED
  • Workshop date: Wednesday 2 March 2022. 12 – 5pm
  • Location: Campus Centre (Rooms CC2.01/2.02)

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