BET 420 integrates Hult Prize for real-world social entrepreneurship experience

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

To learn entrepreneurship, you must experience it. This fall, BET 420 Social Entrepreneurship and Corporate Social Responsibility takes this philosophy to the next level by integrating the Hult Prize challenge directly into the course. BET 420 gives students the opportunity to apply their classroom learning to a real-world context, while taking part in a global effort to address the planet's most pressing problems through social entrepreneurship.

The Hult Prize is the world's largest student competition for social good, challenging teams to create disruptive social enterprises that are impact centered, profit minded, and market driven, with a $1 million grand prize. Last year's Hult Prize @ UWaterloo competition engaged over 150 Waterloo students from all faculties. This year in BET 420, students have the unique opportunity to develop their social venture for the Hult Prize challenge within a supportive and dynamic classroom environment. 

Students pitch in Hult Prize

"In BET 420, students will use creative problem solving frameworks such as design thinking to consistently apply their own ideas inside and outside the classroom, making the learning as 'real' as possible."

- Instructor Roopa Reddy

In BET 420, students will: 

  • Explore how entrepreneurs can employ innovative approaches to build organizations that create significant social impact while being sustainable and economically viable;

  • Apply design thinking, systems thinking, and research skills to address specific social problems;

  • Develop a framework for a social venture to address the Hult Prize challenge;

  • Team up to create and pitch a sustainable social venture.

BET 420 is open to undergraduate students of all academic backgrounds.

Meet the instructor

Roopa Reddy

Roopa Reddy has a diverse background in management consulting, international development, and education. She has collaborated with social entrepreneurs locally and abroad, in Haiti, Uganda, India, and Colombia, with a focus on education, children's rights, and women's rights. She holds a MSc in International Development from the London School of Economics and a BEd from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto. Roopa is dedicated to facilitating relevant, critical, and creative learning experiences in higher education. 

Add BET 420 to your Fall 2017 schedule on Quest.