Investing for Impact and ChangeSemester Course

Major Discipline(s)
Entrepreneurship, Social Entrepreneurship
Elective Course
Fall/Spring semester

This course explores the increasingly popular movement of impact investing and how money can be used to do good and fund sustainable development. Through the exploration of real-life case studies and an interactive approach to learning, gain valuable tools to approach social and environmental challenges in a commercial and sustainable way. Interact with a wide range of inspiring impact investors, social entrepreneurs, and political activists who work to make finance work for the greater good.

Included Exploration Trip

The Exploration Trip is an opportunity to dive into the course content in another context. You will undertake an independent or small group assignment, exploring the course material on location. These trips are more loosely structured than Study Tours, with more room built in to self-direct your learning experience and class work while on site.

The course includes an Exploration Trip as an integrated part of the coursework. For the exploration trip, we travel to Stockholm for three days to focus on impact investing in a different location. Stockholm is one of the top global ecosystems by venture capital money invested in impact startups and it is home to a high number of impact investment start-ups addressing one or more of the UNs sustainable development goals. Here, impact investing has evolved from a niche investment strategy into something closer to the mainstream.

When visiting Stockholm, we will all engage in planning insightful visits. The activities of the trip are primarily academic and include interviews and group casework with impact organizations and investors, with the aim of learning how they work with and measure impact investing.



Amanda Lapadat-Nordström

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

M.I.B (Queen's University Canada, 2010). Bachelors (Business Administration, Honours, Wilfrid Laurier University, 2007). Consultant and Co-Founder, Do Business Nordic, 2020- Present. Commercial Manager Sweden, MG Real Estate, 2020-2022. FDI and Business Development Advisor, Invest in Skåne, 2017-2020. Trade Advisor, The Trade Council, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Denmark in Canada, 2013-2017. Trade Journalist, Global Business Reports, 2011-2013. Strategic Communications Consultant, Kreab Worldwide London, 2010-2011. Global Program Coordinator, Blackberry (RIM), 2007-2009. With DIS since 2023.