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 Travel Component

The course includes a travel component as an integrated part of the course. In the travel component we go to London for three days to learn about impact investing from a British perspective, which is different from the Danish in many aspects. We visit leading impact investors such as Bridges Fund Management as well as the public and private organizations they are involved with. The activities of the trip are primarily academic and include interviews and group casework with impact organizations with the aim of learning how they work with measuring social impact.

This trip will come at no extra cost to you but is a mandatory part of the curriculum of this course. Travel will take place over three days during the period of your semester known as the ‘Study Break.’


Varan Pathmanathan

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

MSc. Information Technology, Aalborg University / University of Melbourne - 2011. Corporate Intrapreneur, Business Development - Danske Bank - 2011-2015. Advanced Principal Management Consulting, NNIT - 2016. Associate Director, Business Development, Saxo Bank - 2017- 2018. Head of Fintech, Capital Market Partners, 2018. Senior Executive Consultant, BEC, 2019. Senior ESG Management Consultant, SDC 2020. CEO & Founder, - 2018 - Present. With DIS since 2022.