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CAS International Leader & Entrepreneur

Participants are conceptualizing, evaluating and establishing a social enterprise in a growing developing market in Asia or South Africa. For 2023, we will work with our partners in Mongolia. In order to implement the specific project, participants will be utilizing and developing their skills in agile project management, finance and intercultural and entrepreneurial leadership.

The CAS International Leader & Entrepreneur can be booked as a stand-alone CAS or as part of the MAS Leadership & Management or MAS Business Innovation Engineering for Financial Services.


At a glance


Certificate of Advanced Studies in International Leader & Entrepreneur (15 ECTS)





CHF 13'900.00

Comment on costs: 

excl. Travel/ flight and accommodation


IAP Institut für Angewandte Psychologie and various locations in and around Zurich. Most of the modules in Switzerland are offsite at Hotel Boldern close to Männedorf (

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Objectives and content

Target audience

This course addresses leaders, project managers and change responsibles who want to commit themselves to an intercultural cooperation and seek to experience international leadership and entrepreneurship first hand.


Participants will learn to

  • target and analyse the needs of the specific local community in the respective Asian market.
  • draw a business plan, acquire a financial investor and launch their social enterprise.
  • work with a partner team in Asia and ensure timely and resource-oriented delivery.
  • use their own team dynamics productively and inclusively to reach their goals.
  • cope with and utilize uncertainty and ambiguity for effective team work.


Together with IAP coaches and our partners from the Bookbridge Foundation, participants establish a social enterprise in a growing economy in Asia or South Africa. During their six months learning path they will work with a local partner team and strengthen their financial, entrepreneurial, and team working skills. They will build up cross-border thinking skills, deepen their understanding of the community needs and create a business plan in close cooperation with their partners abroad.

Intercultural leadership, management and entrepreneurial competencies of the participants will be reflected with the help of a coach and incorporated into the professional context of each participant. The tangible result of the program is the opening of a social enterprise during a trip to the partnering country. Long-term sustainability of this enterprise will be monitored and ensured by the Bookbridge Foundation.

Important notice

The course enables meaningful learning and development for the participants not only face-to-face but also in a virtual format. It also offers the entrepreneurs in the partnering country added value. Therefore, if there is a sufficient number of participants, the CAS will also take place if the trip to the partner country would not be possible due to restrictions.

More details about the implementation

Blended learning with virtual team work

Enquiries and contact



Admission requirements

  • Participants are required to hold a leading position or work as project managers or change leaders
  • Advanced-level English skills are needed.

Information for applicants

Course dates 2023

Course 1 – April 19-21, 2023                            (Hotel Boldern)

Course 2 – May 11-12, 2023                             (ZHAW Zurich)

Course 3 – June 3-10, 2023                              (Mongolia)

Course 4 – July 19-21, 2023                             (Hotel Boldern)

Course 5 – October 5-6, 2023                           (Hotel Boldern)

The dates may be subject to change.

Start Application deadline Registration link
19.04.2023 Application

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