The Structure

The structure of the Alt-MBA is designed to move graduates into employment.

  • 8 months of learning in 8 modules (Part-time study)
  • 2 months of in-company internship (Full-time)
  • 2 months for finalizing the study and getting placed
  • Access to face-to-face workshops organized in Boston
  • Graduation day 11th of October 2019

Our Slack community will be open and active every day during the eight month period. The mentors and learning managers are always there to support.

In order to gain certification:

  1. 6 assignments submitted and evaluated
  2. 1 project + online defence

Upon successful completion we will assist you with your search for a job.

The Course

The Alt-MBA contain eight modules, each covering a different part of the Agri, Food & Retail sector. Click into a module to explore the learning objectives.

Module 1: Foundation of Management

  • Management basics
  • Marketing basics
  • Quantitative techniques
  • Finance and accounting basics
  • Business of technology basics
  • Soft-skills
  • Food and agribusiness supply chains – Fundamentals
  • All these concepts are taught using both self-paced learning and on-line interactive sessions

Module 2: Food and Agribusiness Supply Chains

  • Mapping different agriculture value chains [ Food commodities, Horticulture, Dairy, Meat and Poultry]
  • The role of food logistics in building transparent and traceable food value chains  
  • Food and agribusiness competitiveness – USA
  • Food value chain innovations in the USA
  • Case study – Metropolitan agriculture innovations
  • All these concepts are taught using both self-paced learning and on-line interactive sessions

Module 3: Circular Food Chains

  • Global Agribusiness and Food Sustainability Trends
  • How to change the Food Game
  • How Can we build a circular food value chain
  • What are the Frameworks for designing a Food Business Model?
  • Create a Business Model: Snack and Ingredient Manufacturer
  • Value Chain Finance
  • Path to Profitability in Agribusiness
  • Case study – Building a circular business model in retail
  • All these concepts are taught using both self-paced learning and on-line interactive sessions

Module 4: Horticulture Business Studies

  • Horticulture value chains in the USA
  • The adoption of emerging high-tech horticulture technologies (vertical farming, roof-top farming etc)
  • Market realities in global fresh produce industry
  • Designing a business model for a grower cooperation
  • Making sense of the fresh produce retail developments
  • Successful horticulture business models from around the world
  • Case study: Building a robust future proof horticulture business model in the USA
  • All these concepts are taught using both self-paced learning and on-line interactive sessions

Module 5: Food Processing Business Studies

  • Understanding the consumer developments for food and drink
  • Mapping the food processing landscape industry in the USA
  • Mapping the food-tech landscape in the USA
  • How to innovate with Food Products
  • How to Manage Food Allergens
  • How to manage food traceability
  • How can you deal with Risk and Recall Management
  • Case study: Create a Business Model: Snack and Ingredient Manufacturer
  • All these concepts are taught using both self-paced learning and on-line interactive sessions

Module 6: Food Retail

  • Mapping the food retail landscape in the USA
  • Reviewing the emerging food retail business models in the USA
  • Game changing Retail Innovations
  • Secrets to premium food marketplaces
  • Developments in Global retail Learn to use global retail developments
  • Case study: Reviewing the value proposition of a successful online USA food retail business
  • All these concepts are taught using both self-paced learning and on-line interactive sessions

Module 7: Data Analytics

  • How to do quantitative data analytics
  • How to do demand forecasting
  • How to carry out regression analysis
  • Analytical tools to carry out market research
  • How to price products
  • How to build a business case for risk-management
  • Case study: Several independent case studies to apply the quantitative techniques
  • All these concepts are taught using both self-paced learning and on-line interactive sessions

Module 8: Agtech Business Studies

  • Dynamics of Digital Agriculture
  • Beyond Big Data: Digital Agriculture
  • Trading agriculture commodities using blockchain
  • Reviewing AgTech Innovations and business models in India
  • Financing the Agtech Innovations
  • Case study: Reviewing the business model of an agtech innovation in the USA
  • All these concepts are taught using both self-paced learning and on-line interactive sessions

The modules will each take one month to complete. There is also a Soft Skills session in each module, to help you improve your business communication, research and presentation skills.

Month 9 & 10 of the Alt-MBA is the internship arranged at one of Agribusiness Academy’s industry partner companies.

During Month 11 & 12, you will complete a presentation on your internship and begin to make a transition into employment. We expect many learners to move into full-time positions with their internship company.

“I’ve been really enjoying the learning process designed by the Agribusiness Academy. I really appreciate the opportunity to learn in a self-paced manner due to work commitments.

Whenever I can, I try to take part in live sessions and mentoring, which give very good insights into each topic. I think that this course benefits greatly from the involvement of lecturers who are also practitioners in their respective fields.”

Student Feedback

“Agribusiness Academy came to me at a time when I had to make critical changes in the way value chains are run. I found the courses so useful, so inspiring, and a push in the right direction. It is the best thing that’s happened to me this year.” 

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