This course addresses the growing attention to social entrepreneurship and sheds light on various topics in this field. Starting off with different attempts to define social entrepreneurship, questions regarding economic relations, and ethical questions as well as empirical evaluations are raised. Furthermore, major business aspects within social entrepreneurship as well as analytical tools will be discussed. The theoretical basis is supplemented with inspiring practical examples.

Course Structure:

A MODUL University professional seminar is divided into three sections, allowing for maximum flexibility.

  1. Pre-Module phase: a two week e-learning period where participants are required to study reading material at home
  2. Core-Module phase: a two day seminar on MU Vienna’s campus
  3. Post-Module phase: a 2-4 week e-learning period where participants are required to complete a project or paper at home

Total course time is approximately one month, while the required on-campus seminar time is two days.


Dr. Paul Martin Frentz, MBA MPA is founder and CEO of a consulting firm in Germany focusing on business development with projects in Western Europe, North America, and East Asia, and of a consulting firm in Vienna focusing on technology transfer and access to private capital. Parallel to his consulting work, he is continuously involved in his own start-up, a high-tech accelerator currently being built in Vienna.

Previously he has worked with the EU in Brussels, All Nippon Airways in Tokyo, and Lufthansa in Frankfurt. Dr. Frentz holds degrees from Hamburg University and Harvard, and has done research projects at UC Berkeley, Munich University, and M.I.T. His current research interest lies in “weak signals of entrepreneurship failure in German-speaking countries”.

  • Understanding the importance and the influence of social entrepreneurship on economic stability and development.
  • Understanding definitions and basics of social entrepreneurship.
  • Understanding the spectrum and the frame of action for social ventures.
  • Learning how to use best practice examples and tools.
  • Gaining cross-functional insights into situations and needs of social entrepreneurs.
  • Understanding requirements and key factors of success.
  • Applying insights from cases, exercises, and in-class discussions to participants own working situation.


Participation in all three phases of the professional seminar (pre-, core- and post-module) leads to a certification, with the possibility to transfer the credits earned to a degree program (e.g. MBA program). All study programs and seminars are accredited by the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation (AQ) Austria.


DI Dr. Verena Peer
MBA Program Manager
MODUL University Vienna
Am Kahlenberg 1, 1190 Wien
T: +43 (1) 3203555 302

  • Proof of an undergraduate university degree with a minimum duration of three years or completion of an equivalent degree relevant to the content of the study programme
  • A minimum of three years professional experience
  • Proof of English proficiency for non-native speakers (for detailed information please visit
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