Intrapreneurship Impact Hub

SDG Intrapreneurship Academy:

Building the New System from Within

Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is increasingly recognised as a core priority by a growing number of institutional actors. Furthermore, the covid-19 economic disruption presents a pressing need and unique opportunity for organisations to explore more resilient and sustainable models aligned with the SDGs. Intrapreneurship refers to the application of entrepreneurial principles from within established organisations in order to lead innovative and purposeful change, and develop new working systems and outcomes.


The SDG Intrapreneurship Academy is a 4-month professional development programme for organisations across sectors evolving towards a more agile, entrepreneurial and purposeful culture. 


Our vision is that organisations in Geneva leverage their full potential by using innovation to respond to societal needs, transforming their employees into intrapreneurial leaders and connecting to a wider community of changemakers that are paving the way for the new economy.

The journey from Intention to Impact delivers: 

  • Addressing an internal challenge
  • Acquiring innovation capabilities
  • Growing a collaborative culture


 4 full-day workshops


spread over 16 weeks and requires
1-2 hours per week of active engagement

Next Edition

Pioneer Edition.
October – March 2020, dates TBC

Participants will acquire an intrapreneurial mindset and learn to make collaboration the default setting in their organisation. The programme draws from methodologies such as Human-Centered Design, Theory-U and Leading Beyond Authority, and is founded on the systemic approach of Circular Economy.


  • High-potential junior professionals; 
  • Demonstrated leadership and/or entrepreneurial attitude; 
  • 5 years’ work experience or less;
  • Light involvement of the line manager.  


Journey Overview 

This journey develops knowledge and understanding of the mindset and capabilities necessary to drive purposeful change from within an organisation in order to address a social or environmental challenge. The modules draw from are a unique combination of entrepreneurship, innovation, collaboration and leadership. The content is grounded in practice, so participants learn by working on solving a real-life challenge of their own.


Learning outcomes

At the end of this journey, participants will have:

  1. Addressed an organisational challenge previously identified together with their manager;
  2. Engaged with their stakeholders to design up to three prototype solutions 
  3. Familiarised themselves with applying innovation tools, methods and frameworks that inspire transformative change at a practical level   
  4. Developed meaningful connections for potential cross-sector collaborations within a network of Geneva-based leading organisations 
  5. Gained increased self-awareness of their potential as leaders and resilience as intrapreneurs  


Special Offer

The standard pricing is CHF 3’600 per participant and their manager, with a 10% discount for teams of more than three employees from the same organisation. This includes:

  • 5 Entrepreneurship modules 
  • 7 agile innovation modules
  • 5 peer-learning modules 
  • 4 support calls (pre- and during)
  • 1 alumni gathering 
  • documentation for knowledge sharing and transfer
  • Up to 3 prototype solutions per participant 

SPECIAL POST-COVID19 OFFER: Benefit from an additional 15% discount by signing up before August 31st by completing our pre-sign up form.


We can offer a small number of 50% scholarships for participants from the non-profit sector. Please contact us for more details, writing in the subject line “SDG Intrapreneurship”.

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Powered by Impact Hub Geneva, with the support of Executive Supporters, such as Gib Bulloch, Founder of the Accenture Development Partnerships, and the League of Intrapreneurs
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The SDG Intrapreneurship Journey

In Workshop 1 you will define your challenge and situate yourself in its context, learn the foundations of innovation, as well as what it takes as leaders to bring this kind of work in your organisation.

My Challenge and Rising Up to It
The Intrapreneurial Journey: Where Am I
Introduction to Design Thinking
Getting Started: Empathise
Stepping Into Next Generation Leadership

Define Your Solution

In Workshop 2 you will specify your users’ needs, understand your purpose and dive into the entrepreneurial mindset through the stories of successful entrepreneurs. You will also brainstorm possible ways to address your challenge and come up with one or more prototype solutions.

Stakeholder Interviews Check-in & Problem Statement
Meaning and Purpose: Are You Aligned ?
Immersion Lunch: Discover the Entrepreneurial Mindset

Design Your Product/Service

In Workshop 3 you will dive deeper into the systemic nature of your challenge and refine your prototype solution(s) based on the user feedback you will have gathered between Workshops 2 and 3. You will also learn how to manage your state to better influence others.

Prototype Testing Check-in & Iceberg Model
Case Clinic & Mirroring
Understanding Systems Change
Evolution Agent (Part 1) – Influencing For Good
Fireside Chat

Pitch Your Offer

In Workshop 4 you will develop a business case around your solution and learn how to set up the right conditions for its success. You will learn how to build a culture of collaboration by inspiring others and adequately pitch your offer to create transformative change.

Prototype Testing Check-in & Business Case
Growth Hacking
Evolution Agent (Part 2) – Inspiring And Transforming
Presentation Skills: Storytelling & Pitch
Prepare Presentation
Final Presentation & Celebration Apéro


Erica Mazerolle

is an experienced facilitator trained in Art of Hosting and Leading from the Emerging Future (MIT). Through her work as a social innovation designer at Impact Hub, she uses participatory methods to guide public, private and civic stakeholders on their journey towards cross-sector collaboration for societal transformation.

Her background is in international development and cooperation, specifically around community-led ecological restoration and conservation projects. Having lived and worked in Mali, India, Haiti, Canada, Mexico, the United States, Ireland, England and now Switzerland, she is highly skilled at supporting intercultural exchange and harnessing diversity as a creative force. She is a native speaker of Spanish, French and English.

She holds a B.A. Geography and Public Policy from Concordia University, Montreal and a M.A. Development and Sustainability from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. She is passionate about poetry, music, dance, yoga and her goal is to inspire others on their journey of self-awareness and to raise collective consciousness.


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Expert Contributors

Adela Villanueva

is a trilingual professional with 15 years of experience transforming, accelerating and scaling large organisations, startups, people and businesses around the Globe (EMEA, APAC & NALA markets). She lived in 9 different cities, moving from Spain to Switzerland via France via Singapore and the United States.

Her mission is to achieve growth & impact through sustainable innovation and she is a trained Design Thinking facilitator from Stanford

Adela is a strong advocate of women/human rights, animal defense and sustainable development. She is also the Founder of The G.I.N, a Global Collective of Innovators.


Louise Le Gat

is the Founder and CEO of Positive Energy Leaders and a Next Generation Leadership Catalyst. She supports Leaders to become the Disruptors, Visionaries and Change Makers who will build the sustainable world of tomorrow.

She draws from her own personal journey and 20 years’ experience in leadership, career and talent development to support professionals in their quest for more fulfilling careers and social entrepreneurs to scale their impact.

She bridges a mix of worlds: multinational corporations, humanitarian organisations and social enterprises. In these times, Louise supports leaders in 3 ways: leading with purpose in the face of uncertainty; leading and navigating the emotional side of change; and inspiring hope by disrupting for good.


John Herniman

has a rich corporate background with several key positions such as Director of Operations or VP Corporate Quality and Customer Experience at several Fortune500 companies such as Apple, Amazon, Intermec and Agilent Technologies. He just completed a PhD in Social Innovation looking into the role of social intrapreneurs in for-profit organisations. Some of the topics he addresses include the effects of crisis on risk-aversion and the advantages/disadvantages of changing pressures on social innovation initiatives.


Gib Bulloch

is an award-winning social intrapreneur who consults, writes and speaks on a range of topics relating to the role of business in society. His first book, “The Intrapreneur: Confessions of a Corporate Insurgent” (2018) is a personal story of his 15 years journey to create and scale Accenture’s global “not-for-loss” consulting business, Accenture Development Partnerships. He can help with leveraging business for the greater good and is currently exploring the power of slowing down to rise up.