Steven Zecher, conducted a hands-on development financing workshop for students at the University of California, Berkeley, USA. The workshop was conducted as part of the Master’s in Development Practice program and included students from the Development Engineering and the Master of Business Administration programs as well as students in the Big Ideas Competition at the University of California, Berkeley.
The workshop included practical exercises in building blended capital structures, project revenue models, and financial projections for sustainable development solutions. Cases included climate-smart smallholder farming; alternative energy; and water sourcing, treatment, and distribution projects; as well as fintech.
The workshop is part of the joint sustainable development practice courses—Financial Innovations in Sustainable Development and Project Development Seminar—offered jointly by the Hebrew University, the University of California, Berkeley, and other development and training partners. Successful participants in the course and workshop may be asked to continue in fellowships to work on the development and implementation of their projects.