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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. The next project in 2020/21 will be in Cambodia. For 2021/22, the journey will most probably go to Sri Lanka, this will be decided within the year. 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

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

Start: 21.10.2020, 20.10.2021

Duration: 18 days

Costs: 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 (

Language of instruction: English

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.


Blended learning with virtual team work

Director of studies Stefanie Neumann explains to whom this course addresses to.

Enquiries and contact




  • 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 2020/21
Course 1 - October 21-23, 2020
Course 2 – November 14-22, 2020 (on-site module abroad)
Course 3 - January 20-22, 2021
Course 4 - March 17-19, 2021 (2.5 days)
Course 5 - April 22-23, 2021

This course is booked out. Please register for the waitlist via

Course dates 2021/22
Course 1 - October 20-22, 2021           (Hotel Boldern)
Course 2 – November 20-27, 2021       (on-site module abroad)
Course 3 - January 19-21, 2022            (Hotel Boldern)
Course 4 – February 24/25, 2022         (ZHAW Zurich)
Course 5 - April 7/8, 2022                     (Hotel Boldern)

Start Application deadline Registration link
21.10.2020 Waitlist: Contact S. Neumann
20.10.2021 Application

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