Team Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Innovation: MTA Evergreen LEINN Change Maker Lab

Spring 2019
Class Size: 25
Credits per quarter

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Taught by

Dion Gouws square
strategic planning, business management and entrepreneurship, accounting

“The world has not been given to us to contemplate but to transform and we do it as team-entrepreneurs learning by creating in teams”

Now you have the opportunity to become a team-entrepreneur and experiment the magic of LEINN and Mondragon Team Academy’s (MTA World) “ team learning by creating ”.

This program is designed around a set of unique ingredients that seek to promote and empower the entrepreneurial spirit of its participants. It offers a time and space for people from all around the world to work on real projects together thanks to the presence of exchange team-entrepreneurs from MTA’s LEINN International, features a faculty team that combines Evergreen’s knowledge and understanding of local realities with Mondragon’s experience, and introduces tools and resources to support the development of entrepreneurial foundations.

Team-entrepreneurs will attend seminars, learning modules, lunchtime speaking events, field trips, guest lectures and team activities. As a participant, one may supplement knowledge by attending certain supplemental workshops and lectures. There will also be some opportunities for optional international and local travel.

Topics covered in learning modules will include for example: Accounting Record Keeping; Internet Marketing, Cloud Computing and Search Engine Optimization; Business and Corporate Law; Income Tax, Retirement and Fringe Benefit Planning; Graphic Design and Branding.

The program has been designed by a shared team of faculty members from MTA Travelling University & The Evergreen State College. Thanks to this strategic collaboration, it is the first time that students from the United States will experiment Mondragon Team Academy’s methods.

Mondragon Team Academy (MTA World) is a global community of social innovation ecosystem labs using the Mondragon’s Worker Cooperative Experience roots & TiimiAkatemia’s Finnish Educational methods.

MTA was created in 2008 to rebirth and transfer the team-entrepreneurial spirit and creating capacity of Mondragon by developing an open and international community of team-entrepreneurs co-operating on a multi-generational, multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary level worldwide.

As of January 2019, MTA is an international community of 1,547 team-entrepreneurs " team learning by creating " in 11 MTA Labs where MTA programs run: Irun-San Sebastian, Onati (Mondragon Valley), Madrid, Bilbao, Barcelona, Valencia, Maastrich (Netherlands), Shanghai (China), Pune (India), Queretaro & Puebla (Mexico), Seoul (South Korea).

Faculty Members and Roles: 

  • Dion Gouws                   Evergreen Faculty                       MTA Evergreen Team Coach   
  • Yujiao Xia                      MTA China, Visiting Faculty          LEINN International Team Coach
  • Jose Maria Luzarraga      MTA World, Visiting faculty          Program Coordinator
  • Petra Arbayo                  Evergreen Senior                       MTA Evergreen Assistant Team Coach
  • Christopher Kai               Evergreen Senior                      MTA Evergreen Assistant Team Coach
  • Martin Fe de Labastida    LEINN International                   MTA Assistant Team Coach
  • Rhian Peterman              Evergreen Staff                         MTA Evergreen Assistant Team Coach
  • Ane Beitia Salaberria       LEINN International                   MTA Assistant Team Coach
  • Nataly Salguero              Evergreen Staff                         MTA Evergreen Assistant Team

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*This program has an optional continuing component in summer quarter. See the catalog listing ( ) for registration information*

This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in:

Entrepreneurship and Management, Management Consulting, Marketing, Organizational Leadership, Human Resource Management, Team Leadership and Change Management


Credits per quarter


Students will have completed introductory entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial endeavors, Financial Heartland, Business Fundamentals or other programs where business plans were developed. Students that own Not for Profit organizations or existing Businesses may also apply.

Online learning:
  • Hybrid Online Learning - This offering delivers < 25% of its instruction online, rather than via face-to-face contact between you and your instructors.
Special expenses:

$70 for for incorporation fees. Students are responsible for their own travel and any activities related to the development of their business over the course of this program.

Class Standing: Freshman–Senior
Class Size: 25

Scheduled for: Day

Final schedule and room assignments:

First meeting:

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 9:00 am
SEM 2 C4107 - Workshop

Located in: Olympia

2019-03-13Yujiao Xia added to faculty team
2019-03-08Special Fees added