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Center for Advancement of Sustainable Enterprise

For 150 years, America's research universities have been recognized globally as powerful and continuous creators of new knowledge and human capital, as well as exporters of intellectual capital. Recognizing the potential to become even more efficient engines of creation, dissemination, and practical application, leading institutions have begun to focus greater energy on taking technology and knowledge out of the academy and into the world. In 2009, Colorado State University created CASE - the Center for the Advancement of Sustainable Enterprise - to convert research and scientific discovery into actionable enterprise solutions that improve lives across the globe. Today, more than 4 billion people live lives characterized by grinding poverty. CASE brings the capacity to lift broad segments of that population to higher living standards, resulting in increased political stability, global prosperity, and environmental gains.

CASE's mission: To integrate knowledge across disciplines; to educate entrepreneurs; to incubate new ventures; and to grow sustainable enterprises in the United States and in the developing world.

To learn more, visit: http://biz.colostate.edu/case/pages/default.aspx.



Center for Advancement of Sustainable Enterprise Posts

Pivots, Partners, and Research: Building a Successful Social Enterprise

MayanTerra just returned from 6 weeks of field work with rural farmers in Guatemala tackling food security and poverty reduction through improved farming practices, and this is a brief account highlighting our key lessons from the trip. Besides learning the importance of flexibility and determination in building a successful social enterprise, we also were able to apply several classroom lessons to the real world, including the role of pivoting our business model, pitching our venture to partners, and collecting valuable data.

Guilt vs. Empowerment: the Struggles of An American Consumer

Last week, National Geographic News published the article  “Americans Least Green—And Feel Least Guilt, Survey Suggests”, which addressed the different perceptions of “green guilt”.  As the title indicates, Americans have a larger environmental footprint, and don’t feel as guilty as other, greener cultures do.  However, the title doesn’t ca

The Business of Peace Corps Service: Why it Matters to Coffee Farmers in the Dominican Republic

This past weekend I attended the National Peace Corps Association Conference in Minneapolis, representing the College of Business.  As a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer myself (Dominican Republic, ‘05 – ‘07), this conference made me feel like I’d come home.  I spent the whole weekend talking with fellow RPCVs about their service and why our Global Social & Sustainable Enterprise

BHIP and Upgrade Your BHAG

We love Jim Collins in our college.  It’s hard to find a bookshelf that doesn’t have “Built to Last” and “Good to Great” on it.  Several of us are ardent users of Jim’s earlier book, “Beyond Entrepreneurship.” We’ve used it to work with organizations – for-profit, non-profit, and public sector – in need of a clear vision framework.  And, of course, legions of CSU business students are taught that they need a Big Hairy Audacious Goal to drive their ventures.

Crowdfunding 101: Capitalizing on Unaccredited Investors

Greetings from Adventure Forward!  Our “summer practicum” began well before spring semester even ended, so for the past several weeks we have been hard at work tackling start-up financing.  We partnered with the Rocky Mountain Innosphere (RMI), and have been assembling a collection of funding options available to ventures in their incubator – and have learned lots along the way.

Top 3 MBA Concepts at Work in the Bolivian Altiplano

Siembra Orgánica has now spent almost three full weeks in Bolivia and has been able to apply many of the concepts from class to the research in the field. Here are the top three:

 

Tear Down This Wall – Redefining “Sustainable Ventures”

Warning: When dealing with legacy business thinkers, use the term “sustainable” at your peril. Those of us interested in social and environmental outcomes of our ventures are often regarded as operating in a cute, special little world where the normal business rules don’t apply. And by “normal” we mean here the quaint idea that a business has to be profitable and capable of scale.

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