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Entrepreneurship for Sustainability and Wellbeing in an Era of Digitalisation

Accelerate in your career as you develop the skills and mindset of an entrepreneur who promotes sustainability and wellbeing.

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Entrepreneurship for Sustainability and Wellbeing in an Era of Digitalisation

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  • 5 weeks

  • 4 hours per week

  • Digital certificate when eligible

  • Intermediate level

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Learn how to become a sustainable entrepreneur

In our increasingly digital world, there are many opportunities and challenges for sustainable entrepreneurship.

On this five-week course, you’ll gain crucial skills and tools to help you become an entrepreneur that supports sustainability and creates wellbeing in today’s information age.

You’ll discover what it means to become a sustainable entrepreneur and gain valuable insights from real-life entrepreneurs based in Finland’s Vaasa region. This practical guidance will help shape your professional journey.

Gain key entrepreneurial skills

The main aim of the course is to equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary for a successful career as a sustainable entrepreneur.

You’ll develop a creative entrepreneurial mindset and master essential self-management and self-awareness skills from a sustainability perspective.

Next, you’ll examine how entrepreneurship and personal wellbeing are interconnected. This knowledge will empower you to navigate the digital age’s impact on your career and understand how to leverage its potential for your growth.

Explore the significant role of female entrepreneurship

Delving into interviews with accomplished female entrepreneurs from Vaasa, you’ll gain insights into the journey of a female entrepreneur.

This exploration will showcase how women are a vital aspect of the entrepreneurial landscape and will encourage females to excel in sustainable entrepreneurship.

Understand entrepreneurial activity in the information age

Finally, you’ll uncover the features of the information age contrasted with those of the industrial age, and why and how this influences sustainable entrepreneurial choices.

By the end, you’ll know how to create ideas for sustainable entrepreneurship for wellbeing and be on your way to career success.


  • Week 1

    How to become a sustainable entrepreneur

    • Welcome to the course!

      An introduction to the course and the educators you will be learning with.

    • Introduction to Week 1

      An introduction to the topic of the week and reflecting on the starting point of your own journey.

    • Sustainable entrepreneurship

      Understand the concept of sustainable entrepreneurship, why it matters, and how it works.

    • Women in sustainable entrepreneurship

      Reflect on the role of women in sustainable entrepreneurship and how to support female sustainable entrepreneurship.

    • The journey towards sustainable entrepreneurship

      Learn about factors affecting the journey towards sustainable entrepreneurship.

    • Wrap-up of Week 1

      A look back at what you learned this week.

  • Week 2

    Skills and mindset of the sustainable entrepreneur

    • Introduction to Week 2

      An introduction to the topic of the week.

    • The values of the entrepreneur

      Learn about values as the building block of a sustainable entrepreneur and recognise your own values.

    • Cultivating a sustainable worldview

      Learn about sustainable worldviews, ways of creating social impact, and how to take a humanistic approach to leadership.

    • Entrepreneurial mindset and creativity

      Cultivate your entrepreneurial mindset with a creativity exercise.

    • Wrap-up of Week 2

      A look back at what you learned this week.

  • Week 3

    Creating wellbeing as an entrepreneur

    • Introduction to Week 3

      An introduction to the topic of the week.

    • Wellbeing of the entrepreneur

      Explore the importance of the entrepreneur’s own wellbeing.

    • Entrepreneurs creating wellbeing services

      Develop your understanding of how entrepreneurs can create wellbeing services.

    • The entrepreneur creating wellbeing services in an era of digitalisation

      Learn about entrepreneurs creating digital wellbeing services.

    • Wrap-up of Week 3

      A look back at what you learned this week.

  • Week 4

    Sustainable entrepreneurship in information societies

    • Introduction to Week 4

      An introduction to the topic of the week.

    • Sustainable entrepreneurship in information societies

      Learn why sustainable entrepreneurship is key in transformations from industrial to information societies.

    • Skills of the sustainable entrepreneur in information societies

      Learn about the factors that drive entrepreneurial activities in information societies.

    • Energy and sustainable entrepreneurship

      Explore the role of entrepreneurs in energy transformations.

    • Wrap-up of Week 4

      A look back at what you learned this week.

  • Week 5

    Sustainability-driven entrepreneur ecosystems

    • Introduction to Week 5

      An introduction to the topic of the week.

    • Circular economy: Case Minimossen

      Explore a case about how entrepreneurs can work for a circular economy.

    • Social responsibility communication: Case Herea

      Explore a case about the role of social responsibility communication in sustainable entrepreneurship.

    • Plan your own business idea

      Use the Business Model Canvas to develop your own sustainable business idea.

    • Wrap-up of Week 5

      A look back at what you learned this week.

    • Course wrap-up

      Reflect on what you learned during the five weeks of the course and your journey moving forward.

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On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explain the key concepts in sustainable entrepreneurship and the journey of the entrepreneur.
  • Develop skills in self-management and cultivate an entrepreneurial mindset and creativity.
  • Identify ways that entrepreneurship can promote sustainability and wellbeing.
  • Develop entrepreneurial competencies suited for the needs of the emerging information societies.
  • Create ideas for entrepreneurship for sustainability and wellbeing.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone interested in sustainable entrepreneurship.

It will be particularly beneficial for female entrepreneurs though the course is useful for anyone wanting to develop key entrepreneurial skills.

Who will you learn with?

I am Assistant Professor (tenure track) from the Department of Management and Organisation at Hanken School of Economics Vasa Campus. I am passionate about entrepreneurship and sustainability!

A PhD, an entrepreneur in my own firm and a lecturer in Novia, with the aim at building sustainable organizations and develop their leadership capabilities.

I'm currently working as a university lecturer at the department of Health Sciences at Åbo Akademi university and participate in several projects within social- and healthcare and welfare technology.

I research transition to sustainable energy systems, with a special focus on organizational processes. This involves understanding current energy cultures and imagining innovative transition pathways.

Educator of leadership, human resource development, and organizational behavior. I'm all about lifelong learning, creativity and curiosity, well-being and consciousness, as well as family and friends.

Who developed the course?

Hanken School of Economics

Hanken is a triple crown accredited Finnish university with long experience in education and research in business. Located in Helsinki and Vaasa, Hanken has 2,500 students from all around the world.

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