MAN 458: Crowdfunding for Ecological Entrepreneurship

This practical course familiarizes students with fundamentals of entrepreneurship, development of sustainable ideas and business models, and how to utilize crowdfunding to resource them. In workshop-like sessions, students will work in teams to develop their own start-up ideas and business models serving ecological sustainability goals and plan a crowdfunding campaign to finance these. Some of the sustainable development goals students will focus during the course include mobilizing climate action, waste reduction, and clean energy.

Learning outcomes
Students are capable to

  • understand fundamental concepts of entrepreneurship in an applied setting,
  • work in teams to develop their sustainable and entrepreneurial ideas with the help of design thinking methods,
  • generate a business model with economic viability,
  • craft multimedia content for a crowdfunding campaign and plan campaign management,
  • pitch their business model and campaign in front of an expert jury.

Necessary prerequisites
semester 4 or higher; students who joined SEC 3 or MAN 450 or MAN 456 are not allowed not that course.

Recommended prerequisites

Forms of teaching and learningContact hoursIndependent study time
Lecture2 SWS4 SWS
Exercise class1 SWS2 SWS
ECTS credits3
Graded yes
Form of assessmentVideo and conventional pitch (75%), campaign- & business plan (25%)
Restricted admissionyes
Further informationWebsite of the Chair / “Student Portal”
Performing lecturer
Dr. Baris Istipliler
Dr. Baris Istipliler
Frequency of offeringSpring semester
Duration of module 1 semester
Range of applicationB.Sc. Bus. Adm., other Bachelor programs (depending on respective study regulations) [9]
Preliminary course work
Program-specific Competency GoalsCG 1, CG 2, CG 4
LiteratureSee homepage of the chair:
Course outlineSee homepage of the chair: