Master Innovation and Entrepreneurship

ESCP Europe Business School

Tuition fee:
  • € 16,000 / Year (EEA)
  • € 16,000 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
  • French
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time
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Entrepreneurship and Innovation are at the heart of the economic renewal of a society. Becoming an entrepreneur is a natural step for most but also a difficult decision as it is more than a job, it is a “way of life”.

After completing the Specialized Master in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, participants have an indepth perspective that allows them to design, build and oversee development projects in their careers.

This Specialized Masters program is managed and taught by professors and professionals who are passionate about entrepreneurship and who share a great number of tools and field experience. For many, this Masters program has been the stepping stone for brilliant entrepreneurial careers.

This Specialized Master prepares high-level entrepreneurs to act in an environment that is frequently ambiguous and uncertain.

Key features and Dates

The ESCP Europe Specialised Masters (MS) are professional-oriented programmes in specific management areas designed for postgraduates with a clear career goal and lead to a specialisation or double skill in response to corporate demand for highly qualified managers.

The Specialised Master is a one-year full-time academic programme designed for students holding a first master’s-level academic or professional degree in engineering, business, architecture, medicine, law, pharmacology, political science, the arts, or any other graduate degree.

The curriculum comprises six months of full-time coursework including an international seminar, followed by a company placement lasting at least four months and the completion of a professional thesis to be remitted at the end of the programme. Courses are taught in English and the national language of our respective campuses.

Specialised Master in Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Open-mindedness and diversity of the ESCP Europe Specialized Masters:

Specialized Masters students come from various countries and have different backgrounds: engineers, doctors, pharmacists, students of literature and law, etc.

Originating from 40 nationalities, they form a group of multicultural participants, which makes exchanging and working in groups all the more enriching.

Since its inception in 1998, the Specialized Master in Innovation & Entrepreneurship has graduated 271 students who are now part of ESCP Europe's 40,000-member alumni network.



Our programme targets your expertise

The programme’s objective is to enable participants

  • to initiate and provide structure for an entrepreneurial activity,
  • to start a company,
  • or manage a new activity within an existing structure (intrapreneurship activity).

This full-time curriculum is spread over one year divided into 3 terms as follows:

  • 2 terms of intensive courses - September to December; January to March. An international seminar abroad is included
  • 1 term of professsionalisation from April to December:
    • a company placement of at least 4 months, and
    • a professional thesis defended orally to a committee between early November and mid-December the year following the September intake.

Participants have to be proficient both in French and English.

Course modules

The course is centred round three basic components:

  • The student’s entrepreneurial project, which serves as a backbone for his/her coursework
  • A solid support system that includes:
  • Role plays with business angels based on the business plan
  • An academic “pre-incubator” to nurture the best business plans and support the launch of the most promising projects developed by Specialized Master students.
  • Corporate world professional coaches
  • Entrepreneurship projects:
    • "Innovation & Entrepreneurship Awards": awards the best project of the class
    • "Accenture Awards" in partnership with BFM
  • Real-life cases
  • CEO Talks
  • Office hours
  • Coursework on the fundamentals of management, marketing and finance, and cross-disciplinary courses on project management and practical application.

Detailed Modules

1- Entrepreneurial finance

  • Financial Modeling
  • Accounting
  • Taxation

2- Entrepreneurship

  • Opportunity Recognition
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurship Practikum
  • Strategy for entrepreneurs

3- E-business

  • Design Thinking
  • E-Business for entrepreneurs

4- Venture design: shaping the opportunity

  • Marketing and Innovation
  • Legal Issues
  • Boot Camp

5- Leadership

  • International Innovation&Entrepreneurship
  • Public Speaking

6- In-depth studies

  • Negotiation
  • Pricing / Excel Simulation
  • Human Resources

7- Entrepreneurial Applications

  • Entrepreneurial Track
  • Venturing Machine
  • International Seminar
  • Start Up Live Case Study


  • Holders of a first Master's degree.
  • Holders of a Bachelor degree (240 ECTS) : with a minimum of 3 years professional experience
  • Holders of a Bachelor degree without professional experience (less than 30% admitted)

Work Experience

At least 3 year(s) of work experience is required.


Funding and Scholarships

1. Scholarships

Information not yet available for 2014/2015.

For the 2013-2014 schoolyear, scholarships depending on both financial need and merit will be granted to the students in the Specialised Master programmes.

Only students who fulfill the two following criteria will be eligible:

  • students who were granted a scholarship (level 2 to 6 only) based on financial need in 2011-2012 and/or 2012-2013 ;
  • students who are admitted on the first list in the ESCP Europe Specialised Master’s selection

The amount of the scholarship is 10% of the tuition fees and will be deducted from these fees. Students will be informed of the amount of their scholarship at the end of October 2013.

For more information, please contact

Registrar, ESCP Europe Campus Paris

2. Internships

Students have to do an internship for a minimum of 4 months in order to graduate (however the average length of internships is 6 months). Although the salary offered can vary, most students get paid between €400 and €1,800 per month during their internships.

A work permit is not required since the internship is a compulsory part of the curriculum. International students are therefore allowed to work with their student residence permit.

The internship is a substantial source of funding for the Specialized Master’s Programs.

3. Campus jobs

Many on-campus jobs are available (clerical work, research or other) and paid by the hour (€8 per hour).

4. Bank loans

You may apply for a bank loan to finance your studies. Many banks offer student loans at attractive rates, with deferred pay back. French banks request that you provide a guarantor in France. If you have no relative in France, we therefore recommend that you apply for a loan from a bank in your own country. Four Paris banks are known to grant loans to ESCP Europe students: BNP Paribas, BRED, LCL and Société Générale.

5. Crédit Agricole / MAEE Scholarship

Crédit Agricole/MAEE scholarship programmes may be granted to foreign students from Hong Kong (China), Italy and Poland.
Dual-citizenship candidates holding French nationality are not eligible. Important: Proficiency in French is mandatory. Application form.

6. Other is a free service for students to find a financing for their studies



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