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Innovation Sprint

Innovation Sprint

Blended executive education program in English

Innovation Sprint (ISP.5)

Module 1
Self-paced online
Module 2
Module 3
Self-paced online
3,900 €

How do entrepreneurs make ideas happen?

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This 6-week seminar will be delivered in a blended format: 4 weeks online, 2 full days at ESMT Campus and one week follow-up online.

Creativity is an important element of innovation. However, driving innovation takes more than just having managers generate novel ideas. It requires that they expand their minds and skill sets: They need to learn to start thinking from the perspective of the customer instead of focusing on their products. They need to develop new solutions and business models rather than gradual product improvements. They have to run simple, structured experiments to test mission-critical assumptions instead of perfecting an idea for years in an isolated lab. They must also make decisions based on data rather than biased opinions.

In this program, we will not only explore key elements of successful innovation, but also “do” innovation: You will apply the latest thinking and agile principles to test, revise, and refine your ideas. You will also learn how to effectively pitch them and generate support from key stakeholders.

Your profile

  • Executives with a background in engineering, business development, strategy, marketing, or sales who are eager to learn how to become entrepreneurs and be able to quickly advance an idea inside a company.


  • Learning how to think and act like an entrepreneur
  • Understanding how to advance new ideas inside and outside of your company
  • Turning those ideas into successful businesses


  • Innovation in new and existing organizations
  • Generating ideas and adapting them to customer needs
  • Articulating and testing assumptions
  • Agile and lean principles for iterative and fast development
  • Developing scalable business models
  • Pitching and selling ideas

Innovation Sprint (ISP.5)

Module 1
Self-paced online
Module 2
Module 3
Self-paced online
3,900 €

Innovation Sprint: Overview


Linus Dahlander on generating innovative ideas

Meet our teaching staff

The programs have been 
designed – and will be led –
by ESMT faculty members 
and ESMT visiting faculty. 
They will also guide and 
advise you throughout 
your studies.

Program structure

Teaching methods

This 6-week blended journey consists of virtual and face-to-face learning components, including:

  • Interactive lectures and webinar
  • Business cases
  • Discussions with peers and faculty
  • Plenary discussions
  • Individual and group work.

Module 1 - Online

Connect and learn

4 weeks, 3-4 hours per week

  • Explore the main strategies for creating, rapidlytesting, and iteratively improving innovative ideas
  • Learn how to understand your customers’ needs
  • Create scalable business models
  • Get ready to sell your idea

Module 2 - On Campus

Improve and practice

2 full days on Campus

  • Gather insights from our renowned faculty
  • Get inspired by invited leading entrepreneurs
  • Pitch your ideas to successful venture capitalist

Module 3 - Online

Reflect on and give/receive feedback

1 week, 3-4 hours

  • Reflect critically on your learnings
  • Provide constructive feedback on the performances of your peers
  • Review your ideas with your team and try to execute them
Postgraduate Diploma in Management

Postgraduate Diploma in Management

This program can also be taken as part of the Postgraduate Diploma in Management curriculum. Bring your career to the next level and gain the formal recognition of your professional development with this university-level certificate.

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Your Program Advisor

Your program advisor

​​​​​​​Beatrix Becker
Head of Business Development, ESMT Berlin

Phone: +49 30 21231 6205

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