February 24, 2022

Class Central, a “Tripadvisor” for online education that has helped 50+ million learners to find their next course, recently published its list of 250 most popular courses of all time. Aspire Institute’s Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies, offered by Tarun Khanna and Sue J. Goldie, ranked within the Top 25 out of 19,400 edX courses. 

This business and management course takes an interdisciplinary approach to understanding and solving complex social problems. It exposes students to prior attempts to address these problems across emerging markets, guides them to identify points of opportunity for smart entrepreneurial efforts, and encourages them to develop creative solutions. The focus of this course is individual agency—what can you do to address a defined problem? The creative process starts with immersion in the problem-at-hand and the harnessing of diverse perspectives.

The course covers issues related to financing, scaling up of operations, branding, the management of property rights, and the creation of appropriate metrics for assessing progress and social value in the fast-growing but institutionally compromised settings of emerging markets.The settings are diverse, sectoral (healthcare, online commerce, fintech, infrastructure) and geographic (India and South Asia, China, Africa, Latin America). The course focuses less on comprehensive coverage than on developing a way of thinking with a bias-to-action.

One of the most popular offerings through the Aspire Leaders program, this course is an element of the ‘Something-for-Everyone’ model. Interested in applying or know someone who would be? Applications are live until March 15, 2022.


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