Master of Science in Preneurship for Regenerative Food Systems
Initiate, develop and implement innovative business models as a preneur for sustainable and regenerative food systems.
Our society is facing major challenges from an economic, ecological and social perspective - global warming, loss of biodiversity, hunger, climate extremes, and many more. A linear view of the food system as a value chain is no longer sufficient due to its high complexity. We need entrepreneurs and pioneers to take action who understand the food system as a value network and who can connect the necessary disciplines and stakeholders.
The new MSc study programme trains you to become a professional with competences in the design of sustainable and regenerative food and nutrition systems. By jointly initiating, developing and implementing transformative and innovative business models, you will develop the relevant skills for future-oriented food systems.
«The industry needs this education programme to meet the global challenges of food value creation. Understanding the entire value chain is extremely valuable for all companies.»
Patrick Camele, CEO of the SV Group
- have a passion and enthusiasm for topics such as sustainability, the food system, system change, alternative economic systems, problem solving and digital transformation;
- want to take responsibility for entrepreneurial projects as an intrapreneur, for social initiatives as a commonpreneur or for their own company as an entrepreneur;
- wish to lead as pioneers, make a difference and proactively drive and implement systemic change;
- want to work together in teams to create and implement innovative projects;
- want to develop their skills in linking and connecting diverse disciplines to create strategic solutions (interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity), and
- approach challenges creatively, courageously, and with curiousity.
Your interests & background
You are passionate about topics such as: sustainable food and nutrition systems, food production and food industry, regenerative agriculture, circular economy, supply chain transparency, digital transformation and digitalisation, sustainable value chains, understanding of systems and system change, entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship, leadership, business processes, business management, business creation and start-up foundation, innovation management and business innovation, product development, nutrition, health, gastronomy, sustainable tourism, society, diversity, interdisciplinarity, conflict and crisis management, personal development, consulting, interface functions, and creativity
You hold a bachelor's degree in any of the following fields: business administration and economics, food and beverage science, food science, food technology, nutrition, environment, environmental science, environmental engineering, agriculture, agricultural science, biotechnology, hospitality management or facility management. Graduates with a bachelor's degree from other disciplines may also apply and may be admitted through an extended process.
Establish your own start-up as an entrepreneur, implement sustainable innovations in a food company as an intrapreneur, or drive social change processes as a commonpreneur - with this master's programme, you will become a preneur for regenerative food systems.
«The main strength of theses graduates is the ability to create something new and to realise their full potential, whether within a company or as an entrepreneur. The graduates possess good network thinking abilities and can act as a link between business administration and food technology.»
Sandro Kündig, Managing Director of the Kündig Group
- Sustainability - Entrepreneurship - Food: this forward-thinking master's programme combines the designing of sustainable food systems with entrepreneurial skills for increased regenerative capacity.
- Preneurship: as a commonpreneur, entrepreneur, or intrapreneur, you consider today's economic system and lead innovation processes in a new light.
- Individualized studies: with our innovative educational concept and open curriculum, you decide on your own study journey and have autonomy over how to further develop your skills
- Teamwork: you learn both with and from your fellow students in collaborative settings and benefit from the complementary skills of your team members.
«The term "regenerative" signifies focussing on the entire system. Through this master’s programme, we empower people to rethink systems at the point where business, food value creation and sustainability intersect. They further develop as individuals, learn to appreciate skills within teams, and implement ideas effectively.»
The master's programme allows you to customize the curriculum according to your needs and competences. You will be closely monitored by your coach. The main focus of your studies will be the Agro Food Project, a practice-oriented task which you will work on in an interdisciplinary team over the course of four semesters. In addition to the compulsory modules, you can also benefit from a large selection of elective modules from other master's programmes at the ZHAW (Open Curriculum).
In order to meet the demand for agility and interdisciplinarity in the food industry, the master's programme combines different teaching and learning methods (the so-called "4-o's" educational concept):
- online for independent knowledge acquisition and expansion,
- onsite for exchange with fellow students and experts,
- on the job for the necessary practical or industry proximity, and
- offline for the consolidation of new competences in other contexts.
We promote a culture of open feedback and positive failure.
«This concept is extremely progressive and contemporary. I am very excited about the transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary structure and the combination of practical and personal development.»
Denise Loga, Future Food Expert
- drive forward the networking of people to solve global challenges.
- know the challenges of the food industry and its potential for sustainable and regenerative development.
- know the most important technologies and processes of the food industry.
- develop science-based and practice-oriented solutions and are able to implement these in a business context.
- have a holistic understanding of the agro food industry and proactively contribute to its transformation.
- develop business models which have social impact and know the basics of business management and founding of start-up's.
- know your own strengths and weaknesses, you work in a self-organized and reflective manner. You are trained to think both critically and systemically.
- develop practical projects in an interdisciplinary team together with different organisations and will know how to implement such projects.
The master's programme focuses on sustainability, work empowerment for professionals in increasingly agile organisations within the food system, and the fundamental principles of preneurship (entrepreneurship, commonpreneurship, intrapreneurship).
The programme begins with the Navigation module and is then structured around the following four segments: Agro Food Project, Regenerative Preneurship, Agro Food Technology & Systems, and Individual Skills. Over four semesters you will attend compulsory and elective modules. During the Disruption Days, you will gain insights into disruptive topics outside of your everyday studies.
Our navigation module allows the development of basic skills relevant to master-level studies and at the same time enables students to find a common orientation at the beginning of the master's programme. Apart from this, students crate their individual study design during this module and form teams for the Agro Food Project.
Compulsory modules: 2 modules, total 10 ECTS credits
|Agro Food Project||
You work on a comprehensive project over the course of four semesters in an interdisciplinary team. The topic of the project is chosen by the team, and can be developed independently as a business idea (entrepreneurship), together with business partners or researchers (intrapreneurship) or as a social initiative (commonpreneurship). You complete the module with an individual master's thesis focussing on an in-depth (research) question.
Compulsory modules: 4 modules, total 20 ECTS credits
Master’s thesis: 10 ECTS credits
Business management basics, along with the development of leadership skills and the elaboration of tools for innovation management enable you to initiate and implement sustainable changes within the food industry. Among other things, you apply this new knowledge and understanding directly in your own Agro Food Project.
Compulsory modules: 2 modules, total 6 ECTS credits
Elective modules: 10-16 ECTS credits
|Agro Food Technology & Systems||
You become familiar with technlologies (relevant both currently but also in the future) related to systemic change in the Agro Food Value Chain and gain a holistic perspective on the challenges facing the industry. You apply this new knowledge and understanding directly in your own Agro Food Project.
Compulsory modules: 2 modules, total 6 ECTS credits
Elective modulese: 10-16 ECTS credits
The Individual Skills segment allows you to develop both your profile and your skills on an individual basis and in a way which you yourself determine.
Scope: 9 – 12 ECTS credits
During the Disruption Days, your daily study routine is deliberately interrupted and you face new challenges. You test the skills you have acquired in an unfamiliar setting and in new forms of collaboration, and develop new skills in the process.
Topics: Personal Resilience, Corporate Case
Compulsory modules: 2 modules, total 4 ECTS credits