Education for the higher educated

Advanced Master in Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management

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Programme overview

The Advanced Master in Innovation & Entrepreneurship is a 12 month International Master programme taking place at Solvay Brussels School of Economics & Management and MIP Politecnico di Milano, and is taught entirely in English.
The Advanced Master in Innovation & Entrepreneurship is aimed at candidates who want to think and act like entrepreneurs and become innovative leaders.
In fact, the emergence of new technologies and the broadening of global markets are creating continuous opportunities for new business development and challenging the established market positions.

Our partner: MIP Politecnico di Milano:

MIP is a global business school accredited by EQUIS and AMBA. It is ranked by the Financial Times among the best business schools in Europe and has been recognised as a prestigious business school for over 30 years. The school works with a wide network of public and private companies and is supported by the strong links developed with the Politecnico di Milano's Departments of Engineering and Design.

Programme objectives

These are just a few of the skills which the Master programme aims to develop in candidates:
  • learning how to develop a new business idea, from concept design to execution.
  • learning to introduce and manage innovations, both cost-effectively and sustainably.
  • identifying new market and social opportunities for new and existing businesses.
  • building your own personal network with managers, investors, designers, entrepreneurs, incubators and consultants from different industries and countries.
  • building managerial and organisational skills, and your capability to work in a team.

Your profile

We target participants who want to:
  • become entrepreneurs or envisage entrepreneurial careers as family business managers;
  • join the founding team of a start-up;
  • work as associates in charge of corporate R&D projects or as consultants to assist companies in implementing innovative and creative projects.
Eligible applicants must hold one of the following:
  • Master or Master of Science Degree, or equivalent (four or five years of study overall)
  • Bachelor Degree with 180 ECTS credits or equivalent, preferably followed by 1-2 years of work experience.
Admissions will be based on the candidates' proficiency in English, on their background, professional potential and motivation.

Programme framework

The course is taught entirely in English and lasts for 12 months starting in September. The programme consists of an autumn term in Milan, a spring term in Brussels and a summer term at one of the two campuses, according to preference.

By being mobile across different European locations, the participants will be stimulated to adopt a broader market perspective and to use their capability to network and interact with different business environments.

The programme comprises three experiential modules during which the participants will learn to develop a new business initiative, serve as members of a consulting team assisting a company in implementing a corporate strategy, and developing a project in collaboration with a company.

Programme content

  • Introduction to entrepreneurship
  • Organisational behaviour and change management
  • Innovation of meanings
  • Design-driven innovation
  • The markets and technologies of the future
  • Social and sustainable innovation
  • Concept development toolkit
  • Project management
  • Corporate innovation strategy
  • Entrepreneurial finance
  • Technology strategy
  • Consulting skills
  • Sales and marketing management
Over the course of the programme, participants will take part in three major projects:
  1. The 'New Venture Lab', where they will have to act as an entrepreneur to create a business model of a start-up from scratch.
  2. The 'Innovation-In-Action Lab', where they will have to act as a business consultant in an established small or medium enterprise.
  3. The 'Corporate Entrepreneurship Lab', where they will have to act as a team member taking part in the launch of a new corporate project.
During these projects, participants will be individually coached by the faculty and professional consultants to maximise their on-the-job learning.

Faculty information

The faculty is made up of seasoned Solvay and MIP professors. Both Schools bring the best professors and practitioners to this Advanced Master in order to have a unique mix of academics combining professional and theoretical expertise.

Job opportunity

After graduation, an unlimited range of job opportunities will become accessible. Here are some of the careers that participants could follow:
  • become an entrepreneur or envisage an entrepreneurial career as a family business manager,
  • join the founding team of a start-up,
  • work in a young entrepreneurial venture,
  • manage, or work as an associate in charge of corporate R&D projects,
  • work as a product and business developer or as a chief designer officer,
  • work as a consultant to assist companies in implementing innovative and creative projects,
  • work as an associate in venture capital or business angels funds, or in the entrepreneurial finance division of banks,
  • work as a project manager in incubators, technology transfer offices or entrepreneurship centres.

Practical information

How to apply

  • Please submit the following documents:
  • Online application form
  • CV/resume in English
  • Copies of University degree or degrees and academic transcripts
  • Proof of English proficiency (TOEFL, TOEIC or equivalent) for non-native speakers
  • A covering letter in English
If the applicant deems it relevant, he/she can support the application with:
  • Two letters of reference
  • Any other certificate (GMAT, GRE, etc.)
If eligible, applicants will have to have a motivational interview.

Application Deadline:

  • Non-EU students - May 15th 2015
  • EU students - July 15th 2015
Starting date: September 2015
Format: Full time (60 ECTS)
Duration: 12 months
Language: English
Location: 6 months in Milan, in Italy, and 6 months in Brussels, Belgium
Tuition: 15,000 euros
For exceptional applicants to the programme, SBS-EM offers a number of tuition fee waivers based on different parameters, such as merit, needs, and on an early-bird basis. For further information, please contact us.
Contact: Aurélie Messina, Programme Coordinator
Tel.: +32 (0)2 650 39 15

Level N/A
Form Full-time
Incompany No
Open enrolment Yes
Lead time 12 months
Costs €15000
Titles No title
Required language skills English
Start month September
Countries Belgium, Italy
Completion Diploma