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Environmental Entrepreneurs: Strategies for Green Business

Discover the tools, strategies, business models, and practices used by environmental entrepreneurs for successful green business.

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Entrepreneurs working together to address environmental issues

Environmental Entrepreneurs: Strategies for Green Business

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  • 4 weeks

  • 3 hours per week

  • Digital certificate when eligible

  • Introductory level

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Explore the role of entrepreneurs in the environment and the economy

Entrepreneurs play a crucial role in mitigating environmental issues. The nature of entrepreneurship centres on innovation, solution-focused thinking, and sustainable practices, which positions entrepreneurs at the forefront of green business.

This four-week course from the Adam Smith Center will provide an overview of environmental entrepreneurship in Singapore to help you understand how the theoretical principles of entrepreneurship can be applied to solve environmental problems.

Entrepreneurship fosters a culture of permissionless innovation that can address environmental devastation.

On this course, you’ll explore the trends, elements, and forces of entrepreneurial innovation and learn how entrepreneurs optimise their processes to successfully balance profit and planetary health.

Examine case studies of successful sustainable businesses in Singapore

As a world leader in climate resilience and adaptation, Singapore has seen an increasing crop of local environmental entrepreneurs.

You’ll delve into case studies of three Singapore-based environmental entrepreneurs from different industries and discover theoretical explanations of market processes and innovation. This will help you gain valuable insight from leading entrepreneurs.

Learn about tools, strategies, and business models for sustainability

The Adam Smith Center is a research and educational organisation that has proven experience in delivering transformative courses on sustainability, business, and economics.

With the guidance of your expert educator, Dr. Cheang, you’ll explore environmentally and economically sustainable entrepreneurial tools, methods, and business models to expand your knowledge of the possibilities of environmental entrepreneurship.


  • Week 1

    Environmental entrepreneurship

    • Course introduction

      Who is the entrepreneur? How does the entrepreneurial process lead to positive social and environmental outcomes?

    • Green business

      How does entrepreneurship achieve positive environmental outcomes?

    • Singapore's green plans and policies

      Here is an overview of Singapore's environmental policies and climate targets.

    • End of Week 1

      Let's recap what we've learned.

  • Week 2

    Beauty industry

    • Introduction and impact

      The beauty industry has been around for a long time. It can no longer conceal its ugly impact on the environment.

    • Entrepreneurial strategies

      How are entrepreneurs making the beauty industry better for the environment?

    • End of Week 2

      Let's recap what we've learned.

  • Week 3

    Packaging waste

    • Introduction and impact

      Packaging waste has snowballed with the advent of e-commerce and online shopping. How can entrepreneurs turn trash into treasure?

    • Entrepreneurial strategies

      How are entrepreneurs are turning trash into treasure?

    • End of Week 3

      Let's recap what we've learned.

  • Week 4

    Agritech industry

    • Introduction and impact

      Agriculture has sustained mankind over centuries. However, traditional agriculture is a major contributor of greenhouse gases.

    • Entrepreneurial strategies

      How are entrepreneurs helping the agriculture industry become greener?

    • End of Week 4

      Let's recap what we've learned.

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What will you achieve?

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

  • Explore trends, elements and forces of entrepreneurial innovation
  • Explain how the theoretical principles of entrepreneurship can be applied to solve environmental problems
  • Identify characteristics of effective environmental entrepreneurship
  • Discuss entrepreneurial tools, methods, approaches, and business models which are environmentally and economically sustainable

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for learners interested in economics, business, and environmental humanities or science.

It might also be of interest to young adult learners or students with an interest in environmentalism or professionals in the environmental and sustainability sectors.

Who will you learn with?

Dr. Bryan Cheang is an academic political economist from King's College London. His research is on economic development and public policy. He also is the Founder of the Adam Smith Center, Singapore.

Who developed the course?

Adam Smith Center

The Adam Smith Center is an independent, non-profit organisation in Singapore dedicated to economics and public policy education.

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