Villars Intensive Program on Ecopreneurship


Villars Intensive Program on Ecopreneurship

Join the Next Generation of Ecopreneurs

Building upon Villars Institute’s strengths in sustainability, systems thinking and entrepreneurship, the Villars Intensive Program on Ecopreneurship (VIP-e), takes young aspiring sustainability and regenerative entrepreneurs (or “ecopreneurs”) on a journey from inspiration to acting on their entrepreneurial ambitions. Join us from August 4th to 10th, 2024, in the stunning Villars-sur-Ollon, Switzerland.

Applications are now closed.

Discover the program

Embrace a unique opportunity to learn, to grow and to join a community of future leaders with the VIP-e. This 5-day experience is tailored to high-achieving high school and undergraduate university students eager to become pioneers in sustainability, regeneration and innovation. Be prepared to transform your eco-anxiety into eco-ambition by harnessing the power of ecopreneurship.

Embark on your journey towards becoming an ecopreneur with the VIP-e toolkit for aspiring ecopreneurs, packed with:

  • Entrepreneurial Development: Build a sustainable business concept from the ground up.
  • Full Immersion: Deep-dive into the realm of Ecopreneurship, with practical ecopreneurship cases, taught by the best in the field.
  • Mastering Narratives: Learn to communicate your personal mission simply and authentically.

More highlights

  • Feel Inspired by Top Global Ecopreneurs: Learn first-hand from leaders in the fields of food and fashion.
  • Reflect on Your Unique Mission: Create alignment throughout your entrepreneurial project.
  • Connect with the Ecosystem: Use Systems Thinking to map your ecosystem and increase your impact.
Learn from Top Global Ecopreneurs
Learn from the best in the field, including Sofia de Meyer, the entrepreneur who founded Opaline™, Switzerland's leading organic juice company, and Sofi Khwaja-Horekens, the visionary behind Thesus™, a global eco-footwear brand based in Canada. Benefit from their insights and experience as you navigate the complexities of sustainable and regenerative entrepreneurship. Learn more about Sofi and Sofia by listening to this podcast.

Opaline™ stands out in the Swiss juice market not only for its premium quality and natural ingredients but also for its strong commitment to sustainability and ecopreneurship.

With Sofia de Meyer, you will gain exclusive insights into Opaline™, which sets an inspiring example, positioning themselves as leaders in the movement towards a more environmentally conscious and socially responsible industry.

Thesus™ is an outdoor eco-footwear brand known for its versatile designs and commitment to sustainability. They utilize renewable and recycled materials like recycled ocean plastics and natural tree rubber to create fashionable shoes with an impact.

As leaders in the eco-fashion space, Thesus™ inspires consumers and competitors alike to prioritize sustainability without compromising on style, comfort or functionality. Learn more during the program with Sofi Khwaja-Horekens.

Practical Information

  • Duration: Arrive at Villars Palace on Sunday, August 4th and depart on Saturday, August 10, 2024.
  • Eligibility: Open to students aged 16-22.
  • Language: The course is delivered in English; proficiency is required.
  • Fees: The program fee is 3500 CHF, covering boarding, catering, and activities. Note that flights, personal expenses, visa fees, or additional travel costs are not included. Scholarships are available for this program.

How to Apply

  • Application deadline: Applications are now closed.
  • Notification: Applicants will be informed of their status by the end of June 2024, with payment due upon confirmation.

Application requirements: Please provide your personal details in the application form as well as the link to a YouTube video in which you answer the following three questions:

  • Share a personal story or experience that reflects your passion and curiosity for ecopreneurship?
  • What do you hope to bring to and gain from participating in this program?
  • How do envision this experience shaping you personal and professional development and growth?
For dreamers, innovators, and future leaders on the road to ecopreneurship