Certificate in Entrepreneurship

Practical information

Program duration
3 weeks

Entry requirements
Undergraduate degree or above + at least 3 years of work experience + proof of fluency in English

Degree level
Professional Certificate

Full program fees
€ 6,100

Important dates
Feb. 13 2017 - Module 1
Apr. 03 2017 - Module 2
May. 29 2017 - Module 3

Teaching location
Grenoble Campus

Applications for the 2017 is open. Deadline on January 6th. 

Program

This program is organized in 3 intensive modules:

As a participant of the Certificate in Entrepreneurship, you will join MBA participants for these specialization modules. You will benefit from the diverse multicultural environment and you will extend your professional network.

“Most of what you hear about entrepreneurship is all wrong. It’s not magic; it’s not mysterious; and it has nothing to do with genes. It’s a discipline and, like any discipline, it can be learned.” (Peter F. Drucker)

Introduction to Entrepreneurship: Feb 13 - 17, 2017

There is no doubt that the level of interest in entrepreneurship has raised dramatically over the years. Many individuals, whatever their age, aspire to be entrepreneurs, enjoying the passion, freedom, independence and wealth such a career seems to suggest. At the same time larger corporations want to become more entrepreneurial and benefit from the innovative and adaptive qualities they see in players of smaller size.

There is no doubt that the level of interest in entrepreneurship has raised dramatically over the years. Many individuals, whatever their age, aspire to be entrepreneurs, enjoying the passion, freedom, independence and wealth such a career seems to suggest. At the same time larger corporations want to become more entrepreneurial and benefit from the innovative and adaptive qualities they see in players of smaller size.

By the end of the module, participants should be able to:

  • Understand the meaning of entrepreneurial behavior to economic development
  • Recognize the different contexts in which entrepreneurial behavior exists
  • Understand the dynamics of entrepreneurial teams
  • Understand the founders’ dilemmas and the entrepreneurial process
  • Understand the sources of entrepreneurial opportunities
  • Assess one’s own entrepreneurial qualities
  • Assess a firm’s internal environment for corporate entrepreneurship
     

Entrepreneurship and Business Opportunities: April 3  - 7, 2017

Lean Startup Experiential Team Learning

This module provides real-world, hands-on learning on what it’s like to actually start a scalable company.
Startups are a fundamentally a different activity than managing a business (“a startup is a temporary organization designed to search for a repeatable and scalable business model” - Steve Blank). This module provides hands-on experience to the students. It prepares them for the realities of building or working in startups.

This class is both experiential and team-based. Working and studying will be done in teams. Teams will work on a real startup project and will store their customer discovery and customer validation works using the LaunchPad Central platform.

Each day will be a new adventure outside the classroom as teams test each part of their business model and then share their newly earned knowledge with the rest of the class. Besides interactions with prospects outside the classroom, teams will get feedback from the teachers, coaches and other teams.

On successful completion of this course, the participants should be able to:

  • Understand the importance of the “lean” start-up mode for entrepreneurial success, and how to use it in the early stages of the new venture creation process
  • Design a business model for an entrepreneurial opportunity
  • Test these innovative ideas and business models through customer discovery & customer validation

New Venture Business Planning | Small & Family Business: May 29 – 2 June, 2017

New Venture Business Planning

“Entrepreneurship is the process by which individuals pursue opportunities without regard to the resources they currently control” (Howard Stevenson).
This module has been developed to meet the needs of entrepreneurial individuals who want to advance in the new venture creation process from the idea stage to the proof-of-concept stage with mimimun costs and investments, and garner the attention of outside stakeholders for further acceleration of the emergence of their new business.

Small & Family Business

This portion of the module allows participants to ‘step into the shoes’ of family and small business owner/managers and obtain a unique fast track learning experience in understanding the fundamentals and challenges in running and growing an existing company.

On successful completion of this course, the participants should have an understanding of:

  • Understand the main mechanisms to obtain funding for start-ups
  • Understand the main stakeholders that can provide external resources (funding, advice, network) to the founders
  • Pitch the project to such stakeholders (express novel business ideas in concise and attractive manner orally)
  • Know why / when / how to write a business plan
  • Understand the various exit strategies for the founders and different types of investors
  • Evaluate and prepare for the challenges of growth
  • Examine the specific factors that face small and family businesses on the journey of business growth
  • Understand the basics about funding of growth businesses

Careers

Companies who sponsor their employees to participate on the Certificate Programs benefit from:

  • Cutting edge program content with an operational approach for immediate impact in the work place
  • Programs delivered in English, with an international context (participants and faculty)
  • Sharing of experience with other professionals and access to a dynamic network of alumni
  • Possibility to reward your managers by offering them an exciting training opportunity - participants who validate the three modules also get credits towards our MBA program if they decide to continue studying (credits valid for 2 years)

Admission

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • At least 3 years’ work experience
  • Fluency in English (required for non -native speakers)

Application

Applications for the 2017 is open. Deadline on January 6th. 

To apply for this program please fill out the online application form and send all required supporting documents (indicated in the application form)

Admission is subject to the number of places available. The number of participants will be limited and candidates will be admitted on a first come, first served basis. 

Program Fees

The cost of the Certificate is 6,100 euros. It covers the tuition and access to all GEM facilities. The cost does not include accommodation and meals.
Fees are subject to change. Please verify program fees each year before commencement.

Policy concerning the refund of tuition fees.