Continuing Education Program

The GTI SDG Innovation X-Change is a unique multi-module continuing education program, for innovators, who aim to fully integrate the targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in their business and innovation activities.

Intended Audience :

  • Startups promoting solutions and products for SDG impact (e.g., cleantech, healthcare, education, sustainable farming)
  • Innovation labs @ Non-Governmental Organisations & International Organisations
  • Innovation labs @ Corporates willing to integrate the SDGs in their organisation, processes, product and solutions
  • Impact Investment
  • Philanthropy

Key Outcomes :

  • Explore markets & investments opportunities, through the lens of different ecosystems (e.g., China, Switzerland)
  • Make business and organisations more sustainable
  • Harness expertise and culture diversity through collective intelligence
  • Make long lasting contacts & friends
  • Attendance certificate awarded

Upcoming Modules

Shenzhen (August 24 – 31, 2019)

Context : Shenzhen has been the fastest growing city in the history of humanity, from 500’000 inhabitants in 1979 to 23+ millions in 2017. Today, Shenzhen has become the global hub for innovation and manufacturing of electronics and hardware. Shenzhen enjoys one of the most dynamic maker and startup communities in the world.

Key outcomes :

  • meet the most agile manufacturing environment on the planet
  • discover how devices such as environmental sensors can be designed & manufactured
  • establish partners for sustainable supply-chains
  • source design and innovation with local entrepreneurs

Stay tuned. Registrations opens on June 28th

Geneva (November 19 – 24, 2019)

Context : Geneva is home to 30+ United Nations agencies, 100+ international & non-governmental organizations. and 100+ diplomatic missions. The international Geneva aims to promote radical and sustainable innovations that help fulfill the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Learn how to best leverage the unique international environment in Geneva for SDG innovations through impact entrepreneurship & intrapreneurship.

4 specializations (We-Th):

  • cleantech & energy
  • tech4good (global health, humanitarian tech, edutech)
  • make your business sustainable with b-corp
  • philanthropy & impact investment

Key outcomes :

  • first-hand expert background & briefing on the Sustainable Developments Goals
  • close & intense interactions with UN, NGOs & SDG innovators, intrapreneurs and entrepreneurs
  • in-depth understanding of the SDG framework & environment
  • harness and leverage the power of the International Geneva ecosystem

 Stay tuned. Registrations open on July 1st.

Past Modules

Beijing (April 13 – 20, 2019)

Context : China has a booming economy which has lifted tens of millions of citizens out of poverty. Yet, China still faces huge development challenges : nearly a billion citizens still live in regions that are in early stages of development. In addition, the country faces huge challenges to supply energy, water & food to the population, while coping with challenges such as pollution, internal migrations & aging. In parallel, the country has initiated a major global development project, the Belt & Road initiative.

In this module participants will learn about:

  • the role of government and official development programs
  • corporate SDG innovation practices
  • the role of venture philanthropy in China
  • case studies of Chinese SDG entrepreneurs

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Apply & Register :

  • 2’500 CHF (500 CHF for startups and NGOs), hotel included, flight and visa fees not included (~ 1’500 CHF)
  • Extended Deadline : March 22, 2019
  • information & registration : yunfei.gao@unige.ch

Geneva ( Nov. 24 – Dec. 30, 2018)

Context : Geneva is home to 30+ United Nations agencies, 100+ international & non-governmental organizations. and 100+ diplomatic missions. The international Geneva aims to promote radical and sustainable innovations that help fulfill the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Learn how to best leverage the unique international environment in Geneva for SDG innovations through impact entrepreneurship & intrapreneurship.

Key outcomes :

  • first-hand expert background & briefing on the Sustainable Developments Goals
  • close & intense interactions with UN, NGOs & SDG innovators, intrapreneurs and entrepreneurs
  • in-depth understanding of the SDG framework & environment
  • harness and leverage the power of the International Geneva ecosystem

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