Master in Sustainable Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Antwerp Management School
EUR 18,950 / per course **
31 Aug 2024*
Earliest start date
09 Sep 2024
* Deadline non-European students June 15, deadline European students August 31
** International trips included
Welcome to the world’s most important conversation. We are facing global challenges - not only environmentally, but economically and socially as well. We need entrepreneurial and innovative leaders who can find solutions, create positive impact and change the world for the better. Do you want to make a lasting impact in your chosen field? Whether it’s in the corporate world, working with an NGO, or starting your own venture, or any other direction - you have come to the right place.
In this program, you learn to create impact that matters for society by either setting up disruptive start-ups or disrupting corporates from within.
The systematic introduction of sustainable innovation in companies is considered to be one of the most important challenges of the future. Sustainability as an integral part of a business strategy is now crucial in creating competitive advantage on a global scale.
Companies are facing rapid changes and major transitions in the area of sustainability that need to be addressed. To help them do so, they are looking for problem solvers and creative thinkers who understand the new reality. With this master’s program we want to educate and support people from all over the world who want to create new things that have a positive impact on people’s lives and on society in general.
The Master in Sustainable Innovation & Entrepreneurship will give you the skills, tools and knowledge to become the kind of leader to take any company, whether a start-up, large company or SME, to the next level. The courses will put you on the right track towards becoming an impactful and innovative entrepreneur in your own start-up or an innovator in an existing company.
Each course of the MSIE program offers an optimal balance between theory and practice and is characterized by a “learning by doing” approach. Personal contacts are made with real entrepreneurs, seasoned investors and top sustainability managers to enable you to obtain a realistic idea of what it’s like to actually build a sustainable business of your own or innovate an existing business in today’s global context.
In short, this master will kickstart your career as a sustainable entrepreneur and innovator!
Personal Development Journey: Global Leadership
Module I: INSPIRE
Leading sustainable transformation
In this course, different guest speakers will open your minds to the real sustainability challenges in this world. Prof. Jamie Anderson will teach you the basics on creativity and talk about how to take the lead to tackle these challenges in line with your own values and passions. Sustainability expert prof. Jan Beyne and his team will show you that sustainability is an imperative for any business. The real challenge is knowing how to transition from commitment to action, to successfully navigate the complexity of a sustainability transformation.
Technologies of Tomorrow & ethics
Technologies of tomorrow will give you a basic understanding of the key technological trends as part of a unique collaboration with IMEC ID lab – one of the best technology research centers in the world. Technologies such as Blockchain, Artificial intelligence, 5G, will be discussed and applied to your case while dealing also with the ethical questions around it. In addition, this course will also look into how you can protect your ideas and solutions.
Part I: Identifying and researching problem spaces (3 ECTS)
Once you have spotted different interesting opportunities, you need to learn how to investigate and define the problem properly and find the right problem-solution fit. The design thinking methods will support you in this process.
Part II: Corporate Sustainability sprint (6 ECTS)
The Corporate Sustainability sprint is a three-week sprint to come up with innovative and sustainable business concepts for a corporate company. You will be able to apply your design thinking methods once more and collaborate in Milan with design students from Poli.Design (Politechnico di Milano).
Module II: ACT
Impact Strategies & Business Modeling
This course is structured to provide a deep understanding of the core strategic choices facing start-up and corporate innovators. It makes nascent start-up and corporate innovators aware of the core strategic choices early in a venture’s lifetime that can have substantial impact on the venture’s future development and growth. Instead of reacting on and fighting against forces that innovators cannot control, participants will learn to take matters into their own hands by following a proactive choice-centered approach, instrumental for developing a superior entrepreneurial strategy.
Corporate Innovation & Consultancy
This course will train you to become an innovation leader in a corporate or an innovation consultant. It will focus
on the specific context of corporates and their challenges to innovate.
Financial Planning & Raising Capital
The finance course teaches you to make a strong and solid financial plan that determines the funding gap. It will open your eyes for funding possibilities and will support you in the process of raising capital for sustainable solutions.
Module III: GROW
Digital Marketing & storytelling
This course acknowledges all forms of marketing - be it offline (e.g. billboard advertising, newspaper ads) or online (e.g. keywords advertising, social commerce). Yet, the course sets a strong focus on digital marketing because (i) marketing channels are intertwined in Omni channel strategies, (ii) digital marketing is offering strong potential for growth and (iii) traditional channels are enhanced through digital technology (e.g. a personalized billboard ad). This course also gives you insights into how you create a strong story and make impact with a very limited marketing budget.
Once a problem-solution fit is created, entrepreneurs might want to create impact on a larger scale. The scaling process is a challenging one. We cover the foundations of scaling and look into growth opportunities for long term impact. You will also travel to Berlin to dive into the inspiring sustainable entrepreneurial ecosystem. The goal of the trip is to identify growth opportunities, understand the circular ecosystem DNA and learn how to enter this landscape.
You will be working on an in-company project (a venture building project) or on your own start-up for eight months. Whatever you choose, you will directly put theory into practice. Throughout these eight months you will be investigating and challenging the potential of business ideas by transforming them in real business cases, including market research, a product-market fit business model, a sound financial plan and ambitious go-to market strategy.
Program Tuition Fee
After attending this program:
- you have acquired state-of-the-art knowledge of, and practice with digital & disruptive business models, design thinking, innovation strategy and management, lean start-up methods and tools and marketing & finance for new entrepreneurs and innovators;
- innovation and entrepreneurship will be part of your DNA;
- you have developed the creative mindset and innovation skills of an entrepreneurial leader;
- you are able to identify future opportunities faster and to evaluate them more thoroughly so that you can make the right strategic decisions;
- you know how to turn a creative idea into a sustainable successful product or service within an existing company or your own start-up;
- you have broadened your network by meeting entrepreneurs, corporate innovators and CEOs of innovative companies during the corporate workshops, innovation and entrepreneurship labs and Master Project.
- You are recently graduated and have little or no work experience
- You have an interest in starting up your own company in the short or long term
- OR you have a real interest in how to run innovation projects in organizations or how to turn innovative ideas into new products or services within existing companies
- You are open-minded in creativity as well as in working/collaborating with people from all over the world
The program is designed to empower, challenge and support young professionals in creating an incredible advantage for their international career.
Throughout the academic year, several activities will be organized at AMS by the Career Management Services which can inspire and help you in making a good career decision, including job interview trainings, career fairs, networking events, case evenings. Individual and peer coaching is offered to help you explore your talents, interests and needs, relate these to what companies offer in terms of jobs and career opportunities, and prepare yourself for job interviews and assessments.
Graduates from this program start working in a variety of companies and industries either driving innovation in a corporation, accelerating in leading innovation firms or revamping the family business. Companies include Google, Ecover, EY, Salesforce, Coca-Cola, Microsoft, Unilever, AB Inbev, Nestlé, Too Good To Go, LEGO, Deloitte, and Showpad.
Or graduates found their own start-up: Twikit (Scale-up of the year 2018), Bao Living, Poppy, Board of Innovation, Captain Kombucha, Jakhals, Loop, Zetapulse, Sealjobs, Getintheloop, Brauzz, and many more.