• Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 1 month
    Duration

About

This Sustainable Innovation for Subsistence Marketplaces offered by Coursera in partnership with University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign focuses on understanding subsistence marketplaces and designing business solutions for the billions of people living in poverty in the global marketplace. 

To develop understanding of subsistence marketplaces, we use exercises to enable participants to view the world from the eyes of subsistence consumers and entrepreneurs, facilitate bottom‐up understanding generated by participants, and provide insights from extensive research. 

More broadly, the course uses the context of extreme resource constrained contexts to learn about the bottom-up approach pioneered through the Subsistence Marketplaces Initiative, and apply it in any context. 

The course will involve virtual immersion in subsistence contexts, emersion of unique insights, bottom-up design, innovation and enterprise. A parallel project will focus on understanding a specific need in a subsistence marketplace, and designing a solution and an enterprise plan.

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Develop an understanding of subsistence marketplaces
  • Design solutions for subsistence marketplaces
  • Develop enterprise plans to implement solutions for subsistence marketplaces
  • Apply the bottom-up approach for subsistence marketplaces as well as other contexts

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date A student can apply at any time for this programme, there is no deadline.
  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 1 months
    • Duration description
      Approx. 21 hours to complete
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Subsistence Marketplaces and Bottom-Up Immersion
  • Bottom-Up Immersion and Emersion
  • Bottom-Up Design
  • Bottom-Up Enterprise

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

Beginner Level

Funding

Coursera provides financial aid to learners who cannot afford the fee. Apply for it by clicking on the Financial Aid link beneath the "Enroll" button on the left. You'll be prompted to complete an application and will be notified if you are approved. You'll need to complete this step for each course in the Specialization, including the Capstone Project.

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