In this bootcamp, students address locally defined societal challenges and address those challenges through high impact entrepreneurial activities and innovation while at the same time create much-needed economic activity in resource-constrained environments.

There will also be 2 additional days of work:  1 day before the bootcamp starts and 1 day after it ends.

Intended learning outcomes

  • Systematically analyze and understand the problems underlying societal challenges.
  • Develop viable and desirable solutions in a resource-constrained environment.
  • Develop and design a business plan including an implementation plan with estimations about resources, time and capacity needed to successfully implement the plan
  • Provide a timely, dynamic and empirically well motivated business model presentation.
  • Engage with stakeholders and understand key aspects of network building and resource allocation through social networks.


In this immersive Bootcamp, you will:

  • approach open-ended societal challenges in a resource-constrained environment
  • use and implement systematic methodologies for identifying problems underlying societal challenges and find viable and desirable solutions.
  • learn how systems complexity and dynamics across different scales of a system impact how societal challenges are perceived and addressed in the context of South Africa; what works (and what doesn’t) in innovative startups and inspiring leading-edge organizations that are remaking their marketplace.
  • learn how to address and understand how to deliver new products and services in resource-constrained environments.

The bootcamp takes a practical approach to understanding, teaching, and building businesses. It will give participants a better understanding of how to discover and develop entrepreneurial ventures and frugal innovations in resource-constrained environments. It also aims to challenge the student’s perceptions about the concept of innovation – innovation for who & why? In addition, to increase student’s agency and motivation for making a societal impact.


In order to receive a certificate from the bootcamp, students need to actively participate during the bootcamp days, create a business plan and presentation together with a team and hand in an individual written reflection assignment.

Active participation: 30%
Group project report and presentation: 50%
Written Individual reflection assignment: 20%


To be eligible, you must be a student or alumni of one of our member universities KTH, SSE, KMH, Konstfack, SU or KI.

  • Please note that due to the ongoing developments regarding COVID-19, this activity will now be held digitally.

About the Teacher

Associate Professor Mikael Samuelsson has been involved in research, consultancy work and training of entrepreneurs since 1998. His research is used in both education and in governmental programs. He is involved in development programs in South East Asia and Africa. Dr. Samuelsson has followed over 1000 new venture projects from birth and over a period of ten years.


Jul 26–30 - 2021


Stockholm/Cape Town by ZOOM


5 days + 1 day before the bootcamp starts and 1 day after it ends.


Full time (8-17)


This bootcamp is free to attend for all eligible participants

Group size

10 participants from SSES & 10 participants from University of Cape Town


All participants are expected to attend daily between 8:00 and 17:00. All materials and lectures will be conducted in English. Due to being online, expect some group work outside the mandatory daily sessions.

About the University of Cape Town

The University of Cape Town


July 7th, 12.00 pm (noon, CET +1)


Please contact us at info@sses.se