2320 E&I Project 8: Social Entrepreneurship
Dr. Reinhard Millner, Dr. Peter Vandor
Weekly hours
Language of instruction
09/18/20 to 09/21/20
Registration via LPIS
Notes to the course
Day Date Time Room
Thursday 10/01/20 08:00 AM - 09:00 AM TC.5.01
Thursday 10/15/20 09:30 AM - 07:00 PM TC.1.01 OeNB
Friday 10/16/20 09:30 AM - 05:00 PM TC.0.02 Red Bull
Wednesday 11/11/20 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM Online-Einheit
Wednesday 11/18/20 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM TC.2.01
Wednesday 12/02/20 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM Online-Einheit
Wednesday 01/13/21 05:00 PM - 08:00 PM TC.2.02
Thursday 01/21/21 05:30 PM - 07:00 PM Online-Einheit
Procedure for the course when limited activity on campus

Plan A: If the COVID-19 situation improves and subsequently, governmental as well as WU regulations allow it, this course will be held in presence mode in the lecture rooms found in the evvz (physically on campus).

Plan B: If developments in the COVID-19 situation require safety measures to remain in place in the fall term, this course will be held via hybrid mode ( In this case, the kick-off, and the workshops will be held on campus for as many students as WU and governmental hygiene standards permit. At the same time, these lessons will be streamed for all students who cannot be present. The coaching sessions will be held online. 

The final decision between Plan A and B is based on WU policy, which will be communicated in mid-september. Students will immediately be informed via the course syllabi. 

Note: The decision about the literature test (to be held offline on Campus or online via LEARN@WU) will be communicated in due time. Instructions will be send out individually by the course instructors before the event.


The E&I Social Entrepreneurship course works with organizations exploring innovative solutions for social problems. Course instructors lecture and foster discussion on the current research findings on social entrepreneurship in the theoretical units. At the same time, students work in teams of 4 to 5 on a pertinent question from an external organization and draft a final document containing a well-founded analysis of the situation and recommendations for action.

Although all the cases students work on fall under “social entrepreneurship”, they still tend to vary in nature. So the E&I Social Entrepreneurship course does not follow a clearly structured problem-solving approach. Students are challenged with developing their own structures and schedules for the semester project as the course progresses.

Learning outcomes

The practice-oriented E&I Social Entrepreneurship course provides students with insight into selected areas in the entrepreneurship and innovation field. After successfully completing the course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of and critically reflect on current academic and practical ideas and concepts around social entrepreneurship.
  • Individually conceptualize an idea or strategic solution for a social enterprise, innovative nonprofit or social enteprise ecosystem player.
  • Combine and coordinate the individual functional aspects of founding an organization with social objectives in a meaningful context.
  • Summarize their findings in a conclusive, professional report and a convincing presentation.

After successfully completing the course, students will be able to work independently on an unstructured task, and have practiced organizing and managing an innovative project in a team with mentoring from external coaches.

Attendance requirements

To complete this course with a positive grade, students must attend 80% of scheduled classes.

Mandatory attendance: literature test (1st of October), kick-off meeting (15th and 16th of October), E&I Touchdown (21th of January).

Teaching/learning method(s)
  • Real-world projects completed as part of a team with mentoring from course instructors and external coaches (in past semesters, projects included devising an innovation management concept for a large social organization in Vienna and developing an idea and implementation plan for a social start-up working in music/deafness)
  • Open discussions on relevant contents with students, course instructors and practitioners
  • Final presentation of results
  • Summary of analyses in a final paper
  • Skills workshop on course content
  • Acquisition of the basics as independent study (required reading test and preparation task)

The final grade in the course will depend on:

  •      10% literature test  (in English / literature according to Learn@WU)
  •      25% engagement in the project (attendance, contribution to classes, coachings and workshop, ability and willingness to implement feedback) 
  •      10% quality of Working Paper 1
  •      10% quality of Working Paper 2
  •      20% quality of final version of the paper
  •      20% quality of presentations (final presentation, final pitch, adherence to touchdown deadlines)
  •      5% reflection paper

Additionally, there will be peer ratings of the team members which may result in individual up- or downgradings.

Literature test: The aim of the compulsory literature test (1.10.2020 betweeen 8.00am and 9.00am) is to examine the necessary basic as well as specific knowledge in order to successfully work on your project.

If the literature test is not successfully passed, the Analyst Support Program (ASP) will be automatically applied. Within the Analyst Support Program, an individual performance has to be carried out in the further semester course, instead of the group work. In case of non-participation (only due to illness), a medical certificate must be presented. An alternative date will be offered for this purpose. You will receive detailed information about the content and location of the test after registration to the course.

Attendance: In order to successfully pass this course, your absence is limited to 20% of our appointments. Please note that the attendance of the literature test, the kick-off and the E&I Touchdown is obligatory!

Prerequisites for participation and waiting lists

Students enrolled in the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Specialization Program.

Please note that course registration is binding. The moment your registration is received, it is regarded as a clear commitment on your part. Students cannot transfer to another course (once the add/drop period is over) with no exceptions, as it would be unfair to other students (who might not have gotten into the course of their choice because of the spot you registered for). The number of students accepted to the course will only be expanded if there is no space in any other course 4/5.

Attention: the obligatory literature test will be held on 1 October 2020 between 8 and 9 am. Course participation is only possible by passing the literature test – if you cannot attend the test, we kindly ask you to not register for this course. Detailed information regarding contents and location of the test will be provided after the registration phase for this course. The literature test in this course overlaps with other courses within Course 4&5 of the specialization Entrepreneurship & Innovation. A parallel attendance of these courses is not possible.

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Last edited: 2020-07-10