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Sign-Up - oikos Develop Prize 2015

oikos Copenhagen is proud to organize Develop Prize again, a competition in social entrepreneurship that brings students together to create innovative business ideas, which solve problems in the developing world. You can find all the info you need on our website.


We invite students from all Danish educational institutions to sign up and participate in the competition and join our wo ... »

Carl Zeiss is visiting FSU!

oikos Jena is glad to announce that on Friday, 30th of January, 2015

Carl Zeiss is visiting FSU!

Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena is hosting the second cycle of practical lectures on the topic


“Sustainability, Innovation and Entrepreneurship”


Ulrich Wesser, the Head of Quality Department from Carl Zeiss SMS GmbH, will let students get a deep insight in the com ... »

Case Studies in Social Entrepreneurship - The oikos Collection Vol. 4 published

At oikos we are happy to present the fourth volume of the oikos Case Collection "Case Studies in Social Entrepreneurship - The oikos Collection Vol. 4", published with Greenleaf and edited by Michael Pirson. The book is available as e-book and hardback at Greenleaf and major online retailers. For publishers and researchers it is possible to order review and inspection copies.


This fo ... »

Entrepreneurship Learning Circle Updates

The Entrepreneurship Learning Circle  

Mendel, Leeuwenhoek, Archimedes, Galileo aren't just famous people. What makes them famous, is their ability to transform an idea into an innovation. And looking behind, we have to admire what they did. These people passed on their intellect heritage for generations together hence making this society a better place to live in.  They are etched in ou ... »

oikos Summer School

The first oikos Summer School was held in Tbilisi; in the heritage country of  Georgia, with the theme of Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainability in Emerging Markets.

The  Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University Ivane, better known as Tbilisi State University (TSU), is the oldest university in the Caucasus region. TSU hosted this Summer School for international and Georgian studen ... »

Was veränderst du - Ashoka prämiert und trainiert junge SozialunternehmerInnen, Bewerbungen bis 15. Oktober

Ashoka sucht wieder gemeinsam mit Ben & Jerry's nach jungen SozialunternehmerInnen in Österreich. Gefragt sind junge, engagierte Talente unter 35, die mit ihrer Organisation ein gesellschaftliches und/oder ökologisches Problem lösen. Alle, die ihre Chance auf die 10.000 Euro Preisgeld und 6 Monate Ashoka Mentoring wahrnehmen wollen, können sich noch bis zum 15. Oktober 2014 anmelden.

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oikos Young Scholars Entrepreneurship Academy

Exploring Social Issues in Entrepreneurship Location: Weggis & Zurich, Switzerland Date: 19-22 January, 2015 The fifth oikos Young Scholars Entrepreneurship Academy provides a unique platform for scholars in the field of entrepreneurship in the early stages of their careers. It will gather a maximum of 15 exceptional PhD candidates, post-docs and young faculty to advance academic research, ... »

oikos Summer School - Tbilisi

The International Summer School on Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainability in Emerging Markets is a  10 days lasting  event for international and Georgian students. During various lectures, workshops, field trips, participants will acquire knowledge of this topic, which they will then apply within their team projects and case studies. More information here: http://www.oikos-summerschool.o ... »

Terra Nova (A)



In three years, a small team of engineers led by a visionary entrepreneur Mr. Christian Thomas has developed a new process for producing iron, aluminum, copper, as well as gold and silver in commercial quantities, from electronic waste. The small team of senior engineers who started this venture had been brutally terminated upon the failure of a big lead processing plant. Ou ... »

Accenture Development Partnerships (A) and (B)


Accenture Development Partnerships is a “not-for-loss” business unit established inside Accenture in 2003 to serve NGO and development sector clients. Seven years later, its founder Gib Bulloch faces a challenge when a new leadership team is put in place at Accenture and the key sponsor of the venture retires. The future of the venture is uncertain – it could be phased out, integ ... »

Wellcome – Growth of a Social Enterprise


  wellcome offers support to families in the first weeks after a baby is born. Surprisingly, previously there was no service available to families in this new and often overwhelming situation of beginning parenthood. Statistics show that especially in those weeks mothers are endangered of showing symptoms of burn-out or postpartum depression due to exhaustion. wellcome sends volu ... »

International Summer School on Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainability

The International Summer School on Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainability in Emerging Markets is a  10 days lasting  event for international and Georgian students. During various lectures, workshops, field trips, participants will acquire knowledge of this topic, which they will then apply within their team projects and case studies.

More information here: http://www.oikos-summerschool.o ... »

Faculty from Concordia University, Mc Gill University and Carinthia University of Applied Sciences Win oikos Case Writing Competition 2014

11th edition of the annual oikos Case Writing Competition awards leading teaching cases on sustainability in management and entrepreneurship  

St. Gallen, 26th May 2014 – oikos, the international student-driven organization for sustainable management and economics, announced the winners of its annual oikos Case Writing Competition. The first prize in the corporate sustainability track i ... »

oikos & Pizza // Gesundes Leben, gesundes Wohnen - Ist Cradle to Cradle die Lösung?

Mit der Veranstaltung „oikos & pizza“ laden wir jeden ersten Mittwoch im Monat zum offenen Treffen in die partizipatorische Plattform Mondbasis in der Lünertorstraße 20 ein.

Nach dem ersten Termin im Neuen Jahr zu Intergenerationellem Engagement folgt nun im Februar ein Gastauftritt einer anderen Lüneburger Initiative mit der Hochschulgruppe des Cradle to Cradle e.V. Zum einen wird ... »

oikos Summer School

oikos Lund is a student organization focusing on the topic of sustainable business. We empower students to understand the concept of sustainability in economics and management through our projects. We believe that social, ecological and economic sustainability are essential elements for a better tomorrow. Therefore, we try to reach as many students as possible and make sustainability a constant co ... »

Asia Meet

oikos Asia Meet 2014 will be hosted by oikos Pune at the main campus of Symbiosis International University, Pune. The theme of the Meet is 'Innovation in sustainability'. Registration is open!

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oikos Develop Prize - Workshop Business Plan Development

After a great Kick-Off Event the next workshop on Business Plan Development will take place on 4th April from 14.00 – 17.30 at Njalsgade 13, 2300 Copenhagen, at Copenhagen Business Service.


Sign-up for oikos Develop Prize, and find more info on the social entrepreneurship competition here.

To stay updated, you can also like Develop Prize on Facebook. ... »

oikos Develop Prize - Kick-Off Event

Come and join the Kick-Off Event of oikos Develop Prize 2014 at March 24th at 19:00 at Copenhagen Business School (CBS), room SP213!


The event will provide all relevant information on the competition and its program.

Furthermore, we are happy to announce Ivan Butler from access2innovation as a speaker, who will share his experiences on creating sustainable solutions for the develop ... »

Business Can Care III

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Business Can Care III: 2nd Day

The 2nd Day of the Project Business Can Care III: Labour Market Can Be Fair. The programme of the workshops:

Thursday, 20th of March, 16:00 – 18:00

16:00 – 16:30 Responsible Business Forum

16:30 – 17:00 SYNAPSIS - The Workshop of Different Things

17:00 – 17:40 Movie screening of a documentary on social enterprises in Poland produced by oikos Warsaw

17:40 – 18 ... »

Business Can Care III: 1st Day

Unsere satzungsmäßige Mitgliederversammlung im Wintersemester 2014/15.

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Trip to Ciechanów Brewery

Trip to Ciechanów Brewery that will consist of sightseeing with the Chief Brewer explaining the method of production non-pasteurized, organic beer as well as the beer tasting session. The journey is to start at 9 a.m. and will last till the afternoon (we hope to organize an oikos dinner). Meeting point is the parking in front of the Warsaw School of Economics. Total cost of the trip equals to 25 ... »

Registration for oikos Tbilisi Conference is now open!

You can now inscribe yourself for the 3rd oikos Tbilisi Conference on 'Innovative Business Models for a Sustainable Future'.


The conference takes place at Tbilisi State University on May 2, 2014


More information here. ... »

More than money careers

On 5th November 2013 More than money careers workshop took place. Adam Sulkowski gave an amazing lecture on jobs and start-ups that make positive impact on the society and enviroment. The participants learnt to be ambitious, set agressive goals on their career paths and never be afraid to exchange safe and well-paid but not sustainable jobs to discover the world and search for happiness. For more ... »

More than money careers - workshop

Whatever career you want to pursue upon graduation, you should already pick up essential skills to sharpen your competitive edge in the job market. The University of Warsaw Students’ Union in cooperation oikos Warsaw gives you a chance to kick start your career already at the beginning of the academic year.

Career? Break the spell! is a series of workshops designed to help you build and st ... »

Conference: 'Innovative Business Models for a Sustainable Future'

3rd oikos Tbilisi Conference at Tbilisi State University 'Innovative Business Models for a Sustainable Future'. 

More information can be seen here ... »

Information Event & 1st oikos & Pizza with the Impact HUB Zürich



The semester has started and oikos St. Gallen is back with oikos & Pizza! Friendlyatmosphere, good pizza, local beer and interesting debates characterize this unique get-together of oikos-members and interested students. DATE & PLACE 6:15 pm (7:00 pm) at Univeristy of St.Gallen, main building, room 01-014 (not at the IWÖ!)


TOPIC If you want to know mor ... »

Winter School

The 10th oikos Winter School is organized by students of the Witten/Herdecke University, Germany. This year’s central question is Green Economy or Post-Growth Society? – How can economics and businesses shift towards a more sustainable future and which way could be the most promising to do so?


We will discuss this year’s central question by thinking, debating and creating new id ... »

oikos UNDP Young Scholars Development Academy

oikos UNDP Young Scholars Development Academy 2013 Organising and Governing Inclusive Business Models Location: Istanbul, Turkey Date: 2 - 6 September, 2013  

The oikos UNDP Young Scholars Development Academy 2013 at the UNDP Istanbul International Center for Private Sector in Development (IICPSD), Istanbul, provides PhD students and young scholars working on poverty and sustainable d ... »

Madécasse: Competing with a 4x Fairtrade Business Model

Case Abstract


Brett Beach and Tim McCollum, co-founders of Madécasse, spent two years as Peace Corps volunteers in Madagascar. During that time, they fell in love with the country and its people. Recognizing the need of the Malagasy for stable jobs and fair wages and the connection between poverty and environmental destruction, Brett and Tim discussed possibilities for a social enter ... »

Husk Power Systems: Lighting up the Indian Rural Lives

Case Abstract


Even in 2012, lack of electricity is a major issue in the Indian hinterlands. Many remote villages were not electrified and even those that were, have power supply for just a few hours in a month. This problem was acute in the state of Bihar in North India. Gyanesh Pandey, who grew up in Bihar experiencing the shortage of electricity, came up with a unique model to gener ... »

oikos Young Scholars Entrepreneurship Academy

Creating Hybrid Ventures: Legitimacy and Sustainability Challenges in Social Entrepreneurship The fourth oikos Young Scholars Entrepreneurship Academy provides a unique platform to develop scholars in the early stages of their careers. Exceptional PhD candidates, post docs and young faculty are at the center of the program. The academy aims at advancing academic research, at building networks ... »

Bio-Vert: Green to What Limit?

Case Abstract


Based in Canada, Savons Prolav is a small manufacturer of the environmentally-friendly Bio-Vert brand of cleaning products. Brother and sister Yan and Bianka Grand-Maison took over the family business in 2002 and have realigned the products to fit their vision: eco-friendly, effective, and affordable. After an environmental crisis in Quebec in 2007 spurred environmental ... »

Crediamigo: Partnering with VivaCred?

Case Abstract


Fortaleza, Northeast Brasil - Marcelo Azevedo, Urban microfinance manager, and the planning committee of Crediamigo, Brazil’s largest microfinance institution need to figure out an entry strategy to Rio de Janeiro’s microfinance market. A part of the Banco do Nordeste, a regional development bank, Crediamigo has a 10 year long and 400,000 clients in the Northeast of ... »

Nuru Energy

Case Abstract


Nuru Energy is a social venture that was created in 2008 by an MBA graduate with five years experience in the development sector. The entrepreneur starts from nothing, bootstrapping a social venture with the ambitious goal of providing affordable and effective lighting solutions to 800 million poor people without access to the electric grid in sub-Saharan Africa and Indi ... »

Ndlovu: The clock ticks

Case Abstract


This case discusses the situation at Ndlovu Care Group (NCG) in July 2008. The group, founded by Dutch social entrepreneur Dr Hugo Tempelman, has been running a very successful health care facility – Ndlovu Medical Center (NMC) – in the township of Elandsdoorn in rural South Africa. The case discusses NCG’s plans to expand that success to other locations in the cou ... »

Better Place: Shifting Paradigms in the Automotive Industry

Case Abstract 


In a bold bid to dramatically reshape the automotive industry, start-up company Better Place is attempting to shift transportation from reliance on the environmentally destructive internal combustion engine to electric power from renewable sources.  In order to overcome the limitations of current technology and utilize off-the-shelf hardware, Better Place is rolling o ... »

Case Studies in Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainability (Volume 2)

In 2011 oikos and Greenleaf Publishing launched the second volume of oikos winning cases - Case Studies in Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainability. This book expands the collection with award-winning cases in the rapidly growing field of social entrepreneurship and sustainability.

Order the book! ... »

ALTIS - A Microfinance Startup in Nepal

Case Abstract


This case describes the issues and dilemmas facing a social entrepreneur in his efforts to initiate a microfinance operation in the rural agricultural areas of Nepal. Although Nepal government supports microfinance models, a recent civil war severely disrupted government services and worsened poverty.  The case covers the recent history of Nepal, the condition of the co ... »

Business Model Innovation by Better Place: A Green Ecosystem for the Mass Adoption of Electric Cars

Case Abstract


Shai Agassi started Better Place with the ambition of setting up an ecosystem – including a ‘smart grid’ of charging stations and battery swapping facilities – for electric vehicles. These charging stations were to be powered by electricity generated from renewable sources to eliminate indirect emissions due to the operation of electric cars. Better Place also pa ... »