Programme overview

In order to achieve impact on the Sustainable Development Goals in an environment of mounting complexity and uncertainty, the public sector must increasingly take on an entrepreneurial and co-creative role with partners across sectors. Through the immersive learning journey of the Public Entrepreneurship Academy, the participants gain key knowledge in general management, entrepreneurship, agile co-creation, innovation and systems thinking. Simultaneously, the programme encourages participants to engage and leverage curiosity, creativity and experimentation. They learn while doing, integrating new ideas directly into their own work with the support of peers and individual coaching. They become part of a community of public entrepreneurs, collectively defining what public entrepreneurship means across diverse roles and organisations, and exploring how to take action for impact.

Developed in a collaboration between the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Competence Center for Social Innovation at the University of St.Gallen, the Public Entrepreneurship Academy empowers participants with the mindset and skills to accelerate progress on the SDGs through impact-driven private sector engagement, collaboration and entrepreneurial action. It supports them in collaborating and forming partnerships across sectors, taking entrepreneurial action in their roles, innovating and scaling for impact.

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This course is for you if:

  • You want to expand your knowledge of business, entrepreneurship and innovation as part of establishing impact- driven initiatives with the private sector
  • You want to explore new ways to increase the relevance, feasibility and impact of your projects
  • You are in a senior or leadership position and are responsible for establishing strategies involving private sector engagement
  • You’re looking for exchange in a community of like-minded peers focused on achieving impact through private sector engagement

Your Benefit

You leave this course with:

  • The confidence to co-create impactful initiatives with the private sector informed by a comprehensive understanding of the modus operandi of business and entrepreneurs
  • Know-how, skills and tools from business, innovation and design, enabling you to increase the impact of your initiatives
  • Insights on how to make innovative collaborations work from professionals across sectors
  • Ongoing support from your peers
  • A certificate of completion from the University of St. Gallen validating your expertise in Public Entrepreneurship


I found the Public Entrepreneurship Academy course to be a very practical learning experience. The course provided a good blend of theory and its application in our daily work as development practioners. The experience sharing amongst the group really added value to the overall learning environment. Going forward, the peer network will remain a valuable asset for all the participants to tap into. The course reiterated that engaging with the private sector differs from the usual development interventions. The course content and group discussions provided pragmatic suggestions on how to tackle innovation versus risks. The session on changing social practices to enable sustainable change was also very insightful. Both these aspects are relevant to my routine work and has helped me to think outside of the box, by putting my newly acquired knowledge to practice. Through this course, I was also able to connect with a colleague and am currently in discussions to pilot an intervention in Bangladesh that worked well in China, drawing upon SDC’s regional experience. This was a much appreciated ‘unintended outcome’ of this learning experience.

Ameena Chowdhury, Programme Manager, SDC, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Your application

Applicants are requested to submit their written application to by December 1st, 2022. Participation and financing must be approved by the appropriate party and verified by the financing party’s signature prior to submission. Accepted applicants will be notified by December 30th, 2022.

Why University of St.Gallen

The HSG – your partner for first-class executive education in Switzerland

At the University of St. Gallen (HSG), you can choose from one of the largest executive education portfolios in the German speaking region – the right programme for your needs and career objectives. The renowned quality and practical relevance of the learning experience convinces more than 6000 participants per year. Profit from an Executive Degree from St.Gallen – the best business school in the German-speaking world – and get ahead in your career!

  • For high-quality teaching and executive training by top researchers

  • For competent executives

  • For Lifelong Learning

  • For international collaborations

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