EIT Climate-KIC Two-Day Masterclass: Values and Ethics for Entrepreneurs

How do business leaders in today’s world act not only successfully but also ethically?  What role do morality, values and norms play as entrepreneurs make everyday decisions, and how are these different from interests? 

The purpose of this EIT Climate-KIC Masterclass is to offer practical tools for ethical decision-making, drawn from the great philosophers, and apply them to your real-world dilemmas.  Along the way, we will have a special look at cultural divides, especially considering the challenges of dealing with Silicon Valley thinking. The course will be highly interactive and practical, even playful. 

The Masterclass focuses on gearing participants with the essential knowledge, skills and tools to successfully apply ethical values to their decision making.

Who should attend?

The Masterclass is designed for entrepreneurs, founders, senior executives, HR professionals and those who believe ethical thinking lies at the heart of leadership, as well as determining the future success of any enterprise. Participants should also be open to engaging in honest self-reflection. 

This class is open to all Accelerator start-ups, as well as alumni and EIT Climate-KIC partners.

After the two-day session, participants will be able to: 

  • Converse knowledgeably about the key concepts of business ethics 
  • Apply at least four philosophical “lenses” to their ethical decision making 
  • Successfully apply these concepts to real-world decisions 
  • Have a deeper understanding of their own value system and ethical compass.  


Mark A. Young

Mark Young is an independent consultant, trainer, writer and lecturer in the field of mediation and negotiation skills training and analysis; his company, Rational Games, Inc, serves a variety of clients in the public and private sectors in the US, UK and Germany.

Mark holds a Dr Phil in Philosophy from Humboldt University in Berlin Germany and has written widely on questions of ethics, decision theory and theories of the Good Life. His business career has afforded him ample opportunities to put these ideas into practice, as he has served as a corporate lending officer at Chase Manhattan Bank, a strategic consultant at McKinsey & Company, a partner at Price Waterhouse Corporate Finance and a trade negotiator in the US Department of Commerce.

Dr. Martin Ebeling

Dr. Martin Ebeling is an expert on emotional intelligence and leads the Learning & Development Programme at The School of Life Berlin, which aims to transform the workplace into an arena of emotional growth.  

As a trained philosopher, he is primarily occupied with applying philosophical insights to real-life contexts. His latest book “Conciliatory Democracy” discusses solutions to the political disagreements of our age. As a long-time meditation practitioner, he hopes that mindfulness and  (self-)compassion will increasingly find their way into our society and works towards that goal.