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Master in Innovation and Entrepreneurship

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Make your mark as a founder, innovator, investor or consultant

Learn how to build and scale a new business and disrupt established industries with innovative new ideas. The Master in Innovation & Entrepreneurship is where change-makers and founders, innovators and reformers can build the skills required to make their mark on the world of business. 

  • Gain first-hand experience from the heart of Europe’s most vibrant startup ecosystem. 

  • Start your own business in the first year of the program 

  • Work with ESMT’s in-house incubator Vali Berlin. 

  • Tailor the program to your career goals 

ESMT Berlin is currently ranked #1 in Germany and #4 in Europe for Entrepreneurship in the Bloomberg European B-Schools Ranking.



Applications open November 1 | Register your interest

Quick facts
24 months
Start date
Berlin and optional exchange semester for the students who choose the Innovation track
Transform or build the business of tomorrow
Face to face

How you benefit

  • Tailor your learning experience to meet your career goals 

  • Start your own business during the first year of the program.  

  • Build your own network through Vali Berlin, ESMT's Entrepreneurship Hub 

  • Gain preferential access to corporate partners active in innovation. 

  • Have the opportunity to join and advise startup founders through participating in the Creative Destruction Lab (CDL. 

  • Get Hands-on learning opportunities from experts. 

  • Practice what you learn through internships and the Ideation Bootcamp. 

  • Gain a 18 month resident permit to work in Germany. 

  • Earn your Master degree from Germany's #1 business school

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Alumni and student entrepreneurship activities over the past decades
ESMT Ventures
Capital Raised in Euros
Created Jobs


  • You are a young professional in your twenties with limited or no work experience.

  • You are eager to get hands-on experience, build your network and prepare for a career in innovation. 

  • You are interested in joining the world of innovation and entrepreneurship either as a startup founder, venture capitalist, innovation consultant or corporate innovator. 

Which one are you?

Corporate Innovator

You want to drive for and implement change but rather than heading to the world of startups, you want to bring your skills to established global businesses. 

Become a corporate innovator and help business adapt, survive and thrive. 

Jump into a career as a: 

  • Chief innovation officer (CIO) 

  • New Business Development Manager 

  • Innovation Manager 

Startup Entrepreneur

You want to start your own business and use your studies as platform to help develop your idea, partner up with a co-founder and expand the network that will help your startup thrive. 

Become a startup entrepreneur and learn how to turn your idea into successful, scalable business. 

Jump into a career as a: 

founder or co-founder of a new business 


Venture Capitalist

You are passionate about working with a variety of startups, identifying valuable opportunities and using your skills to help new businesses grow. 

Become a venture capitalist and develop promising new companies. 

Jump into a career as:

associate, analyst or partner at a venture studio. 

Innovation Consultant

You want to advise different companies and start-ups as they seek to implement new ideas or overcome the challenges of growing and scaling. 

Become an innovation consultant and help companies identify and leverage untapped opportunities. 

Chat with us

Need more details? Speak directly to an admissions advisor.

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Master in innovation and entrepreneurship

An introduction from Angeliki Papachroni, the program’s faculty lead

Key focus areas for the Master in Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Sustainability Bootcamp

Work with ESMT’s in-house incubator Vali Berlin in this ideation bootcamp to identify and analyze important issues, validate a market need, and develop innovative solutions. 

Summer Entrepreneurship Program

The Summer Entrepreneurship Program is the perfect platform to develop and elaborate your startup ideas: Receive mentoring from Vali Berlin and startup founders as you identify novel solutions around which to build a business, and learn how to pitch in front of venture capitalists and angel investors. 

NEXT - B2B Accelerator Program or Creative Destruction Lab (CDL)

Receive supports for ventures created during the SEP to reach the next level across six different areas: product-market fit, human capital, fundraising, legal, administrative, and tax issues. 

You will have the opportunity to join and advise startup founders by participating in the Creative Destruction Lab (CDL), the first CDL Lab in Germany.

Corporate Innovation Project (CIP) and Exchange Semester

Deliver an innovation consulting project or develop venture ideas together with a corporate partner. Participating in the CIP, means you will be able to take an academic term abroad at one of ESMT's top-ranked partner schools 



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Your learning and development journey

Build your foundation

  • Organizing for Innovation

  • Economics of Innovation & New Technology

  • Foundations of Entrepreneurship

  • Entrepreneurial Finance & Fin Tech

Improve yourself

  • Storytelling

  • Creativity in Practice

Refine your knowledge

  • Business Model Innovation

  • Organization and Scaling New Ventures

  • Entrepreneurial Sales & Marketing 

Check out the full course timeline

Application & Admissions

Join the ESMT Master in Innovation and Entrepreneurship and be prepared to revel in creative thinking, speak up against conventional wisdom and find new solutions to complex problems.

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Fees & Financing

Language learning at ESMT

ESMT collaborates with the GLS language school that has been offering language courses in Berlin since 1983. Classes take place at the GLS campus in Kastanienallee 82 and run once a week from October to December and January to March.

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Applications open November 1

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