Climate Entrepreneurship (P. Grad. Cert.)

18 weeks. Blended programme with 7 in-person, 13 hybrid (online or in-person) and 16 online sessions


On this programme, you will learn the fundamentals of idea development, creative problem solving and innovation. You will be able to identify and respond to today’s climate action opportunities and value in a focused manner. You will be equipped with the entrepreneurial skills to introduce new and improved solutions to today's climate change impacts and the future environmental risks.

You will learn to approach problem solving in an innovative way, by using tools and techniques to brainstorm new ideas and applying lateral thinking. By engaging with entrepreneurs, academics, business leaders and industry mentors in an informal learning environment, you will learn the fundamentals of both and by availing of valuable peer-to-peer learning you will experience the process of bringing an idea through from development through to implementation.

This course will provide you with the opportunity to contribute to climate change goals as set out by government by equipping you with:

  • a set of frameworks and tools to identify and generate entrepreneurial opportunities that will have a positive impact on climate change
  • the skills to plan and develop strategies, action plans or sustainable ventures that contribute to climate change mitigation and drive economic development
  • the ability to analyse theoretical concepts associated with systems innovation and entrepreneurship in relation to climate change
  • the communication skills to interact with stakeholders and enable behavioural changeseract with multiple stakeholders, enable behavioural changes and explain their influence to drive position climate action
  • the knowledge & skills to evaluate ethical, social, commercial and political factors in decision making to support climate entrepreneurship

Module 1: Systems Innovation for Positive Climate Action (10 ECTS)
This module explores principles and practices associated with systems thinking in the context of climate change and how processes of systems innovation and creativity can support positive climate action.
Module 2 - Entrepreneurship Opportunities in Climate Adaptation and Mitigation (10 ECTS)
This module enables students identify opportunities for entrepreneurship that can positively impact climate change. You will gain an understanding of the value of entrepreneurship, innovation and commercialisation and its potential to positively impact climate change and sustainability.
Module 3 - Climate Enterprise Development (10 ECTS)
This module introduces the process involved in creating, leading and scaling an entrepreneurial start-up venture and developing a sustainable green business.

Career Opportunities

Graduates from this programme will be equipped with the entrepreneurial skills to plan and develop strategies, action plans and sustainable ventures that address urgent environmental challenges and drive economic development. Graduates have effected change in their own workplace, pursued careers in consultancy, and gone into further academic research.

Click Here for further information on modules/subject.


Applications are made through the Springboard+ website.

Springboard+ covers 100% of course fees for eligible, unemployed applicants who are successful in their application. Springboard+ covers 90% of course fees for eligible, employed applicants who are successful in their application. The remaining 10% course fee is €375.

€375 for eligible applicants in employment. Free to eligible unemployed applicants. See eligibility criteria

Course Details

Next Intake

Course Begins 24th September 2023
Course Ends: 23rd March 2024

Classes will take place in-person in Dublin at Tangent, Trinity's Ideas Workspace, and online. See timetable here.

Course Coordinator

The programme is led and facilitated by Gillian Roddie and incorporates a host of other contributors both from academia and industry.

Prof Quentin Crowley
Dr Daniel Rogers
Ms Rosemary Deneher
Ms Gillian Roddie

Closing Date

Applications Close: 31st July 2023
Course Begins: 24th September 2023
Course Ends: 23rd March 2024
RECRUITING NOW: Places are offered on a rolling basis, and the course may close in advance of the listed closing date.

students working in library/>

Admission Requirements

Funding eligibility is as outlined the Springboard+ website.

Applicants must be in possession of a level 8 honours degree (or equivalent) with grade 2.1 or higher, in any discipline from a recognised institution. Those with demonstrated entrepreneurship aspirations will be prioritised.

Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements may still be considered if they can demonstrate their suitability for the course based on recognition of prior learning (RPL) under Trinity’s RPL policy and procedures.

All applicants whose first language is not English and who have not been educated through the medium of English must present qualifications in the English language that pass the grades set by IELTS or TOEFL (or equivalent).

All students are required to have a laptop or a PC, a webcam and stable Internet connection.

Course Fees

Click here for a full list of postgraduate fees


To apply, click on the relevant Apply Link below

Get in Touch

Telephone Number

(086) 0 320 487

Register Your Interest

Register your interest in postgraduate study at Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin.

As Ireland’s leading university, we offer a wide range of postgraduate programmes at masters, diploma and certificate level.

Trinity is an international university steeped in history, with a reputation for excellence in education, research and innovation.

Register Your Interest