Students pitch their plans for new enterprises.Students pitch their plans for new enterprises.Sustainable Business at COA prepares students across the curriculum to plan and start enterprises that create change. Students have built schools, farms, a biofuel company, an advocacy group, a community development organization, a high growth sustainable company, art businesses, a film company, renewable energy ventures, a bike taxi company, and a bakery.

If you are seeking to remake the world, the Sustainable Business area gives you the tools and experiences you need to increase your impact. Our classes cover both for-profit and non-profit enterprises and prepare you to work at scales ranging from the local farms, restaurants, arts organizations to the international—global development and advocacy organizations. Classes merge thought and action to address issues confronting organizations, businesses, and sustainable entrepreneurs of all backgrounds.

There are a range of courses in sustainable business to give you the skills you need. You’ll learn how to handle the essential aspects of any enterprise in Business and Non-Profit Basics. In Sustainable Strategies you’ll understand the impacts of business on society and the challenges and opportunities associated with creating a socially responsible business. In Launching a New Venture you’ll learn how to shape an idea into an opportunity and plan a sustainable enterprise.

Don’t just dream it. Make it happen.

But it doesn’t stop with just planning. You can start your own enterprise through the Diana Davis Spencer Hatchery. Successful applicants to the Hatchery receive support and up to $5,000 in seed funding to bring their creations into existence.


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