Master in Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Free University of Bozen-Bolzano
EUR 1,350 / per year
07 May 2024*
Earliest start date
* early bird application | late application (only for EU citizens): 10 July 2024
The essence of entrepreneurship and innovation is to cope with unmet needs and problems by creating novel solutions, new products or services, and new ventures.
Creating a new venture or managing innovation processes in existing companies requires a particular mindset, where problems are opportunities, knowledge is continuously enhancing, and learning essentially means the ability to learn how to learn, from a problem-solving perspective. This is what we call entrepreneurial logic. Complexity and uncertainty cannot be controlled or eliminated, but they can be understood and managed.
This program gives the students a unique combination of in-depth theoretical knowledge and authentic learning experience on entrepreneurship and innovation.
The study plan is structured into four semesters and consists of 16 courses plus the final master thesis.
The first semester consists of only mandatory courses to set up a common ground. The semester starts with an introductory session to the Bitz unibz fablab. A growth mindset is a mind-breaking course that takes you to approach problems through complementary perspectives: network thinking, algorithmic thinking, and design thinking. While developing skills in modeling, coding, and prototyping, you’ll acquire new ways of thinking and reflecting on problems and solutions. Foundations of entrepreneurship provide a sound understanding of entrepreneurial logic and how to create value for customers and stakeholders.
At the beginning of the second semester, you choose the stream that better fits your aspirations and goals. Entrepreneurship is the stream for the students aiming at founding a new venture, while Innovation & Management is the stream for those students who aspire to work and make an impact in innovative firms.
In the fourth semester, students attend a project-based course to further develop their new venture (Project LAB – Startup) or to take part in a real project of open innovation with selected business partners (Project LAB – Corporate Innovation). Finally, the master thesis is an original study that gives you the opportunity to develop and apply research skills to acquire in-depth expertise in a specific topic you choose.
Every year we organize a field trip to observe and study an entrepreneurial ecosystem. Students visited Silicon Valley, Israel, Lisbon, Berlin, Tallinn, New York, Iceland, Oslo, Toulouse, etc.
Classes take place at the Bozen-Bolzano campus and at NOI Techpark Bozen-Bolzano, one of the partners of this program.
- Growth Mindset
- Foundations of Entrepreneurship
- Statistical Methods for Business Analysis Research Coaching Lab
- Economics for Management (Business Economics and Innovation Economics)
- Research Coaching Lab
- Innovation & Management
- Entrepreneurial Finance and VC
- Entrepreneurial Marketing
- Social Entrepreneurship
- Innovation Management
- Project Management
- Market Research
- Family Business Management
- Marketing B2B and Sales Management
- Service Design
- Startups Law and Industrial Law
- People management
- Management and Design
- Digital Transformation
- Project Lab: Startups
- Project Lab: Corporate Innovation
- Free choice courses (2x)
- Final Thesis
Exchange Programs and Internships
First-year students will be supported through personalized tutoring aimed at welcoming them and guiding them in their educational path. Each student will be assigned to a peer tutor, who, for example, will assist them in organizing their study activities, in choosing courses to attend, or with general questions about student life at unibz.
Currently, we offer exchange programs with more than 50 partner universities all over the world and we are part of a large network of collaboration with employers in Italy and abroad where you can undertake your compulsory internship of a minimum of 150 hours.
Program Tuition Fee
Our graduates can start new ventures. In the last years, our students and alumni co-founded more than 15 new companies. Alternatively, our graduates are hired by innovative firms, by consulting firms, or eventually join their family businesses.
Graduates express a convinced satisfaction with this study program, and the large majority of them say they would re-enroll in the same degree program again.