Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability in San Francisco

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Second and third year students on the following programmes are eligible to apply:

  • BA (Hons) Business and Management
  • BA (Hons) International Business
  • BA (Hons) Business Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Please note that students on the following modules may be particularly interested in the trip:

  • Business and Sustainability (CORP2550)
  • Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Ethics (CORP3547)
  • Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ENTE3534)
  • International Business (IBUS2001)

The maximum number of places on this opportunity is 35 and the minimum the trip will go ahead with is 20. 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.


San Francisco is world-renowned for excellence in innovation and technology. According to a recent Global Cities Report (AT Kearney, 2018), San Francisco ranked first for innovation and, driven by high-growth companies in Silicon Valley, one of the top cities in the world to live and run a business. Additionally, innovation is increasingly being promoted as a key factor in addressing some of the world’s most pressing social and environmental issues (the so called ‘grand challenges’). Indeed, sustainability imperatives are rapidly shaping new innovation and entrepreneurship trends, from digital social innovation to the circular economy. In addition to the benefits that innovation is said to offer, there are also concerns that the pace of technological advancement (such as artificial intelligence) gives rise to potential (and unknown) ethical challenges, from data ownership, data security and algorithm ‘bias’ to the ‘digital divide’.

With this in mind, this trip provides business students with the opportunity to appreciate and understand the complexities of innovation in the context of sustainability. It will do this through a mixture of activities such as:

  • visiting companies in Silicon Valley (such as Intel and Amazon);
  • participating in sessions at Stanford University (such as at the Center for Social Innovation, and the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society);
  • exploring the business and financial districts (such as a guided tour of the Federal Reserve Bank);
  • hearing from business entrepreneurs on how to start a business by attending a workshop by the San Francisco SBA Entrepreneur Centre; and,
  • experiencing the diversity and richness of one of America’s most an iconic cities, including challenging students to a ‘treasure hunt’ in Chinatown (the largest outside Asia).

Cultural activities

As a popular tourist destination, San Francisco benefits from the amenities of a large city e.g. a wide range of shops and restaurants, a vibrant night life, and museums, parks and bay cruises. However, San Francisco also has a number of distinctive activities and places of interest such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island and, in Downtown San Francisco, the financial district, Chinatown and Fisherman’s Wharf.


Travel and accommodation

Accommodation for this opportunity will be booked by the Faculty, and students will be expected to pay the full amount following confirmation of their place. Please note that to reduce the cost of the trip, students will be expected to share a room with other students on the trip (either two or four to a room). Students are also responsible for arranging their own flights and transfers to and from the airport (but the trip organisers will let you know which flights they have booked if you want to travel with them).

Contact details

Visa information

In order to participate in this trip you are responsible for ensuring that you meet the US immigration requirements.

All students will require an ESTA or some kind of visa to travel to the USA. Further information will be provided to all accepted students regarding the type of visa required and how to apply. If you have any specific questions about this please email for advice. Please note that you are responsible for checking processing times and meeting all application requirements in order to ensure that you receive your visa prior to departure. Please be aware that immigration decisions are made by individual embassies.

Key Information

  • Departure date: Saturday 2 November 2019
  • Return date: Thursday 7 November 2019
  • Estimated cost of flights and accommodation: £800
  • Students will also be required to pay for: transfers, academic and cultural activities, food & drink and visa/ESTA
  • #DMUglobal bursary: £400
  • Deadline for application: Monday 3rd June 2019 9am