Programme commences in September 2024 subject to Springboard funding.

Item: Details:
Qualification Postgraduate Level 9 (30 ECTS)
Delivery TBC - subject to funding - Classes will take place online and in person in Dublin at Tangent, Trinity's Ideas Workspace.

Duration TBC - Subject to funding. 15 Weeks, blended learning programme
Course Fees TBC - Subject to funding - €375 for eligible applicants in employment. Free to eligible unemployed applicants. See eligibility criteria.
Course Content Module 1: Systems Innovation for Positive Climate Action
Module 2: 
Entrepreneurship Opportunities in Climate Adaptation and Mitigation
Module 3: 
Climate Enterprise Development
Key Dates Applications close: TBC - subject to funding
Course starts: TBC - subject to funding
Course ends: TBC - subject to funding

Tackling climate change is a now a moral and economic imperative, as the scale and pace of climate change threatens both our environment and the business status quo.

In just 15 weeks, Tangent’s Postgraduate Certificate in Climate Entrepreneurship - the first course of its kind in Ireland - will empower you to make a change for the greater good.

Climate entrepreneurs can be defined as change agents who see the creation of ventures as a way to address urgent environmental challenges. Co-delivered by Tangent with Trinity’s School of Natural Sciences, this course is for change makers, innovators, business leaders, and community activists who recognise the need for change and are looking for guidance on how to best activate it.

Join a network of like-minded individuals from diverse backgrounds invested in climate entrepreneurship and learn from leading industry and academic experts from Ireland’s number 1 university. Featuring practical coursework which can be tailored to your interests, challenge-based learning and peer-to-peer networking, this part-time course will allow students to explore the complex systems and levers of change involved in climate change, while learning how to communicate solutions effectively and make informed decisions that drive sustainable impact. Strong focus is placed on experiential and action-focused learning on the programme, which is taught via a combination of masterclasses, workshops and project-based learning. Funded under the Government’s HEA Springboard+ programme, the course is free to eligible candidates.

Understand your role in the global climate emergency to create a sustainable future and begin your climate entrepreneurship journey at Tangent.


Climate Entrepreneurship: Postgraduate Certificate

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Course Information

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

Course Information

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.

TBC - subject to funding - Classes will take place in person in Dublin at Tangent, Trinity's Ideas Workspace, and online.


The programme is led and facilitated by Ms Joanne Corley and incorporates a host of other contributors both from academia and industry.

  • Prof Quentin Crowley
  • Dr Daniel Rogers
  • Ms Rosemary Deneher

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 and supply an academic reference as one of the two references required. 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 one of the following qualifications in the English language:

  • IELTS (Academic version) and IELTS Indicator : Grade 6.5 overall.
  • TOEFL and TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition: 88 internet-based, 570 paper-based, 230 computer-based.
  • University of Cambridge: 
    Proficiency Certificate, Grade C or better (CEFR Level C1 or C2) 
    Advanced Certificate, Grade C or better (CEFR Level C1 or C2) 
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE Academic: a minimum score of 63 to be eligible (with no section score below 59)
  • Duolingo English Test: minimum overall score of 120/160 with no section below 105, dated since January 2020
  • An award certificate with a minimum II.1 overall score from Trinity's Centre for English Language Learning and Teaching's Pre-Master's Pathway Programme. The Pre-Master’s Pathway Programme is an academic English course for international students with conditional offers for postgraduate study at Trinity. Passing the programme means you meet Trinity’s English language requirement and can progress to your postgraduate course without retaking IELTS or any other exam.

Please also note that existing IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge and PET scores up to two years old will be accepted for 2023/24 applications in light of test centre closures.

For further details on these English Language Proficiency Tests, please contact the appropriate organisation directly.

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


TBC - Subject to funding. 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.

For more information, please contact our Student Recruitment Team or call (086) 0 320 487.