Frontiers of Business Initiative

Team Ghana from the Frontiers of Business in field.

Course Overview

The University of Alberta Frontiers of Business Initiative 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 6 credit 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

2020 Projects

In Tanzania, students will be partnering with Anza. Anza is a business accelerator that works with entrepreneurs and businesses in the Healthcare, Clean Energy, Education, Agriculture, and Water, Sanitation & Hygiene sectors. The project will be focused on supporting and mentoring entrepreneurs in Tanzania.

In the Philippines, students will be partnering with World Vision Philippines. We have partnered with World Vision Philippines in both 2018 and 2019. In 2020, the project will be focused on studying whether rural savings and lending communities actually improve livelihoods in the Philippines.

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.