“I had previously been working in wealth & investment management before deciding I wanted to make a career switch into technology. With a BA in Business, I found the MSc in Innovation, Strategy, and Entrepreneurship to be a fantastic addition, gaining the skills I lacked in order to succeed with this career transition. The entrepreneurial spirit, GEM’s start-up friendly environment, as well as the focus on the study trip was a thrilling hands-on experience that prepared me for my next career step.
This program turned out to be worthwhile for me because of the copious career options and the great career network that GEM’s ecosystem provided me with. In particular, I enjoyed the Live Business Case, leaving the classroom and applying the theoretical skills gained from case studies, onto the ‘real world’.
Furthermore, I appreciated the quality and help of the teachers, the sound infrastructure of the school, and the very smart cohort of other ISE students challenging me to grow outside my comfort zone.
Straight after my theoretical year, I joined the fastest growing software company in the world, although, I had never worked in tech before. This for me is a great achievement I could not have done without GEM.” - Gregor Gericke, ISE 2019 Graduate, Business Development Consultant at Salesforce
Cédric De Wulf
“As a fresh bachelor graduate, I wanted to focus on a future in Innovation (technology), Strategy (problem solving) and Entrepreneurship (very much a learnable skill). GEM, located in the technology hub of France would help me by guiding me in the right direction.
The strength of the ISE program is the people: bringing together same and different minded people from different countries, ages and cultures in one classroom creates an environment where peer-to-peer learning is straightforward and taking ownership follows by itself.
Being a strong believer of learning by doing, the power of the Live Business Case of the ISE program is unmatched. It gave me the opportunity to work on an innovative logistics project with four classmates on assignment from Renault Group for 9 months. Ultimately, we presented our findings in front of Renault C-Level.
Thanks to GEM’s ISE program, I had signed for a full time position in Dublin’s tech hub before the first year ended. One year later, I am a Territory Manager at Uber Eats in Belgium.” - Cédric De Wulf, ISE 2019 Graduate, Territory Account Manager at Uber
Running my own business has always been my dream, which is why I decided to study entrepreneurship. I chose to do my degree at GEM due to its notoriety in the field of innovation and its consistently high rankings among top business schools worldwide. Not only was I taught by excellent professors, but the atmosphere among students and teachers was both impressive and enriching, especially due to the diverse mix of nationalities and backgrounds.
The combination of entrepreneurship and innovation provided me a more advanced insight into the business world and in particular the startup community. Many of the professors lecturing on the program are deeply involved in the startup scene, which was a real selling point for me. The Silicon Valley trip was another major highlight, which included visits to major corporations such as Google and Facebook, as well as other leaders in the field if technology.
Overall this program was an invaluable experience that is already paying off for my career path. The automotive industry has always fascinated me and I am now working at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, selling cars to the region of Latin America. Furthermore, the knowledge I acquired on the program has enabled me bring innovative approaches to my own family business specialized in real estate. On top of that I am also working on a startup which I started with a friend I met during the program in Grenoble! All in all I consider that my time at GEM to be the most important in my life so far and I feel glad that I chose this business school and this program in particular.
MSc ISE Entrepreneur Brings Innovation to India
Tanay Jadhav’s entrepreneurial spirit and thirst for learning drove him from a small town in Maharashtra, India, to one of Europe’s top management schools. His search for a unique masters program, which would enhance his business abilities and equip him with the skills and confidence to build his own career, led him to choose the field of Innovation, Strategy and Entrepreneurship.
Graduate Launches Start-up
I have always been passionate about engineering and have a strong entrepreneurial spirit. I had been searching for a Master’s program which would equip me with the knowledge and confidence to bring my business ideas to life...
The MSc ISE and its practical, real-world experience helped me tap into another professional domain and shift my career path.
As a working professional with several years in the field of marketing and communications, I lacked the engineering background of many ISE students. I felt that this put me at a disadvantage for switching to an innovation path. However, I was able to use the experience gained through my courses and the Live Business Case to successfully complete an internship with a French company.
I found that I was well prepared for my internship topic, which dealt with reverse innovation in emerging countries with a focus on China, India, and Brazil, thanks to the ISE program courses.
The program design allowed me gain concrete skills that aided my transition from a marketing and communications path to an innovation and strategy path. This would have been challenging without the preparation this program gave me. The connections I made at GGSB are also important. You never know when you’ll have the opportunity to do business with a former classmate or professor!
I am excited about my new field and really appreciate the opportunities I had through the MSc in Innovation, Strategy and Entrepreneurship. This is a program with a bright future!
Augustina Mook Poh Yen
MSc Innovation, Strategy and Entrepreneurship exceeded my expectations. This is a rigorous program taught by experienced professionals in a highly international setting. I turned down offers from U.K. business schools to attend this program, and I am learning a lot from this unique, challenging experience.
I am particularly satisfied with the program organization: the coordinator is accessible, friendly, and open to feedback, and administrative teams helped make the transition to a French school smooth and effortless.
Students in this program have benefited from a surprising amount of professional exposure, with company visits and networking opportunities that broaden academic and professional perspectives. This personal touch distinguishes the MSc ISE from similar programs at other schools.
All in all, the MSc ISE has the makings of a world-class program with solid academic and intellectual foundations, enhanced by a team of capable, international professors. This is definitely a program for budding technologists, entrepreneurs, and those who aspire to work in the businesses of tomorrow.