Business on the Frontlines

Team Ghana from the Frontiers of Business in field.

Course Overview

The University of Alberta Business on the Frontlines (BOTFL) is a course offered through the University of Alberta's Master's of Business (MBA) Program. Each year it serves our partners in creating lasting fundamental changes in frontier markets while providing students with life-changing front-line experiences in global markets.

Course Information

In this course led by Professor Emily Block, students work as teams to serve their partners in the following activities: investigative research, interviews, analysis, and the creation of a business development model specific to their partner organization. Class assignments are a combination of readings, project deliverables, and case study write-ups and are designed to help students prepare for their partner project in-field.

Professor Emily Block

2022/23 Potential Projects

This year we will be partnering with a team from Notre Dame's Business on the Frontlines on one of three exciting projects

  1. Exploring what opportunities can be found in the IT sector in Kyrgyzstan in partnership with the Aga Khan Foundation
  2. Considering how sustainable farming can help reintegrate ex-combatants and cocaleros back into their communities in Colombia with partner PASO
  3. Examining how entrepreneurship incubators support organic farmers in South Africa with partner UMGIBE

Details and Application

To be considered for the 2022/23 Business on the Frontlines course, you will need to complete a formal application.  The deadline to submit the application is December 1st.  

Overview Presentation about Business on the Frontlines

2022/23 Business on the Frontlines Application Form

Previous Projects


Team Ghana has partnered on the Inmates Empowerment collaboration project with the Rotary Club of Sunyani East, Rotary Club of Vancouver Island, and the Brong Ahafo Research and Extension Centre (at the Sunyani Technical University to help create positive change for Sunyani prisoners.

Team Philippines is working with World Vision Philippines to help prevent the Online Sexual Exploitation of Children (OSEC).


Team Ghana partnered with Global Partners in Care, the African Palliative Care Association, and the Rotary Club of Sunyani East to evaluate Elder Care in Ghana.

Team Philippines partnered with World Vision Philippines to research out of school urban youth in Cebu and Manila.