Traditional thinking suggests that environmentalism has little to do with entrepreneurship or economic profits. However, environmental entrepreneurs, or “enviropreneurs,” are increasingly solving environmental conflicts using contracts, property rights, and markets. PERC’s Enviropreneur Institute is at the forefront of this transition.
The Enviropreneur Institute is a two-week launchpad for entrepreneurs and conservation professionals seeking to harness markets to enhance environmental quality. The Institute gives Fellows the opportunity to:
- learn from a diverse faculty of scholars and practitioners;
- collaborate with other entrepreneurs and conservation leaders;
- connect with more than 200 alumni working on similar projects around the world; and
- launch profitable conservation businesses or market-based environmental policies.
The first half of the curriculum is focused on the principles of free market environmentalism. The schedule includes lectures, Socratic discussions, and case studies. The first week also features several presentations by enviropreneurs-in-action and field trips to nearby properties and businesses where the principles of profitable environmental stewardship come to life.
The second half of the curriculum focuses on skills and professional development with classroom sessions on business planning and execution, marketing, project management, communication, capital acquisition and fundraising, to name a few. Business/project development is the top priority of the Institute, so we devote significant time in the second week to one-on-one mentoring sessions with faculty.
The Enviropreneur Institute concludes with each Fellow pitching their business/project plan to a panel of accomplished entrepreneurs, investors, and environmentalists. These pitches are the culmination of the creative thinking and project development that occurs during the Institute.
Click here to see the 2014 curriculum.
Note: This curriculum changes from year to year.
The Institute faculty is comprised of business leaders, scholars in environmental economics and policy, conservationists, and alumni of the program. Because mentoring is a core component of the program, faculty members are chosen not only for their ability to conceive and execute successful business and/or conservation ventures, but for their commitment to sharing their knowledge with others.
There is no charge for attending the Enviropreneur Institute. Accepted participants receive a $1,500 stipend, from which they pay their own travel to/from Bozeman, Montana. Housing during the Institute is provided at no charge, including three nights in cabins at a secluded ranch outside Bozeman.
This event is closed to the public.