Grassroots entrepreneurship and innovation in Thailand

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Students enrolled on LCBS5053 ‘Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation’, Executive Masters in Business Administration (EMBA) programme, and students of ENTE5000 ‘Business Creation and Innovation’ on the MSc in International Business programmes’ suite, on MSc in Project Management and MSc in Pharmaceutical Biotech are eligible to apply for this opportunity. The maximum number of places on this opportunity is 20 and the minimum the trip will go ahead with is 10. DMU staff will be accompanying the group.

DMU students are only eligible to receive one academic-led trip bursary per year. Please check our eligibility criteria for further details.


Experiencing‘ grassroots entrepreneurship and innovation in Thailand’ will give students the chance to explore entrepreneurial activities with disadvantaged communities, and in this case visit Thailand.

This exciting and eye-opening trip will give students the opportunity to explore and apply concepts covered in LCBS5053 ‘Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation in New Settings’ and ENTE5000 ‘Business Creation and Innovation’. Students interested in addressing UN SDGs by co-creating entrepreneurial and innovative solutions are particularly welcome.

During the course of this #DMUglobal trip, participants will visit and collaborate with the Warm Heart Worldwide foundation based in Phrao, Chiang Mai, in Northern Thailand, a community development organisation with an established track record of supporting grassroots entrepreneurship and innovation.

Together, students will identify entrepreneurial opportunities in/with and for disadvantaged communities, and collaborate with different stakeholders to co-design sustainable and commercially viable business solutions. These can range from marketing to design and process innovations. This transformational learning experience, guided by renowned Professor Michael Shafer and DMU’s own Dr Regina Frank will not only provide students with a wider subject knowledge, but also broaden their cultural horizons.

Cultural activities

In addition to the programme with Warm Heart Worldwide, students will have different options to explore the local culture, communities, and landscapes, where Buddhist temples and local markets are colourful and easily accessible. Also, students may wish to climb up Bua Tong or the ‘Sticky waterfalls’.

A visit to local Ton Roong school or Project Access, a visit to the Demo Farm in Maepang (sustainable farming) or Warm Heart’s biochar (environment) project can be arranged according to the students’ preferences.

Travel and accommodation

Accommodation and travel  will be booked by the faculty for this opportunity, and students will be expected to pay the full amount following confirmation of their place.

Contact details

Visa information

British nationals can enter Thailand without a visa for 30 days for tourism or business purposes and your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry to Thailand. Entry to Thailand will normally be refused if your passport is damaged or has pages missing.

Students of other nationalities should contact the Royal Thai Embassy for advice on visa and entry requirements.

If you do need a visa, the #DMUglobal team can provide visa support letters as required, and proof of enrolment can be obtained from the Student Gateway.

You must ensure that you apply for your visa as soon as you have been formally accepted to this opportunity by #DMUglobal. You are responsible for checking processing times and meeting all application requirements to ensure that you receive your visa prior to departure. Be aware that immigration decisions are made by individual embassies.

Key Information

  • Departure date: Saturday 19 January 2019
  • Return date: Saturday 26 January 2019
  • Estimated cost of travel: £850
  • Students will also be required to pay for: UK transfers, cultural visits, food & drink, and visa (if applicable)
  • #DMUglobal bursary: £400
  • Deadline for application: Monday 29 October 2018 9am