Entrepreneurship & Strategy
Innovation, Design & Project Management
12 months
Full Time
On Campus
October 2023

+ optional 2nd year at WHU in Germany

Tuition Fee
€ 18.500 (Individual)
€ 9.500 (POLIMI MSc alumni)
Professional Experience
Less than 3 years

Tel: +39 02 2399 2820


Are you a young graduate who wants to think and act like an entrepreneur? Do you want to become an innovative leader? If so, this is the perfect programme for you.

The rise of new technologies and the broadening of global markets are creating continuous opportunities for new business development and are challenging established market positions. This is the perfect time to take a step with us, into the future.

At POLIMI GSoM, our faculty is made up of professors specialised in innovation and digital technologies and for years we have been working  alongside innovative companies, startups and business incubators.

Together with them we have developed our International Master in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, which is a programme of absolute international excellence, designed to train you to excel in business analysis and enabling you to acquire excellent digital skills and an entrepreneurial mindset.

With this Master you also have the chance of getting an MSc in Entrepreneurship from WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management, if you decide to attend an extra year at WHU.

If you are interested in WHU’s MSc degree, you have two options:

  • You can choose and decide to attend the entire programme, making the decision before the beginning of your Master. This means you would do the first year at POLIMI GSoM and the 2nd year at WHU, and you would sign a Training Student Contract with each institution before the start of the programme. This contract includes the full programme details, and you will have the right to cancel it up to one month before the start of your second year.
  • On the other hand, you could enrol first in our POLIMI GSoM master programme and then, by February in your first year, you can decide to do your second year at WHU. In this case you will need to sign the second Training Student Contract that specifically focuses on the second year of the master programme.

Our world is going through unprecedented change, and we need a new generation of innovators to pave the way for the future. This programme gives you a highly specialised qualification and at the end you’ll get a Specialising Master Degree from Politecnico di Milano.


  • 1 year at POLIMI GSoM, Milan or 1 year at POLIMI GSoM plus 1 additional year at WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management
  • 100% in English
  • Providing a unique mix of academics, bringing together professional and theoretical expertise in the field of innovation and entrepreneurship
  • We focus on creativity, design and technology strategy through long-standing traditions of research, teaching and practice at both business schools
  • Action-based teaching method
  • Access to PoliHub, Innovation Park & Startup Accelerator, a partner institution of Politecnico di Milano, which is ranked third among the Top Business Incubators in the world in the UBI Awards
  • Develop entrepreneurial ventures in a supportive environment
  • Experience working in a multicultural team and exposure to POLIMI GSoM’s international faculty
  • Learn to use the potential that is hidden in diversity
  • Learn from a network of business partners and professional consultants
  • Make progress in three key areas: knowing, making and being
  • Improve your soft skills for professional development
  • Get the ability to foresee technology and market changes from their beginning
  • Collaborate on stimulating team projects
  • Ranked #14 in the 2022 Eduniversal Best Masters Ranking (Global)

Academic partner

You might be our ideal candidate if you want to become an entrepreneur or if you see an entrepreneurial career as a family business manager. Or maybe you want to join the founding team of a startup, or to work as an associate in charge of corporate R&D projects. Perhaps you even dream of being a consultant to assist companies with innovative and creative projects. Whatever your entrepreneurial dream is, we’re here to help you along the way.

Please note that we’ve designed this programme for recent graduates with ideally no more than 3 years of work experience. If you have more experience, you might also like to take a look at our International MBA programmes.

Our International Master in Innovation and Entrepreneurship is a 12-month programme offered by POLIMI GSoM.

We give you the necessary skills for a managerial career in the entrepreneurial world, including leadership and decision-making, market development, sustainable and cost-effective management of innovation – not to mention the fact that we actively stimulate your personal development. We include plenty of practical activities to keep you interested and actively learning, including lessons, international lectures, company presentations, workshops on soft skills, project work in collaboration with companies, company visits, and alumni talks.


Take part in the joint Programme in Entrepreneurship:

  • Spend your 1st year with us at POLIMI GSoM, as you enrol in our “International Master in Innovation and Entrepreneurship” (iMIE). If you complete this programme successfully, Politecnico di Milano will award you a 1st level Specialising Master degree: the “International Master in Innovation and Entrepreneurship” (60 ECTS)
  • Your 2nd year is spent at WHU, as you enrol in their “Master in Entrepreneurship” (MiE). If you complete this programme successfully, WHU will award you a Master of Science degree in “Master in Entrepreneurship” (90 ECTS)

All our international students also have the chance to stay in Germany for 18 months after graduating from this master programme, giving you time to find a job or study further.
Our tuition fees are EUR €18,500 for the first year and EUR €17,500 for the second year.
You can find more information about our financial aid options for the semester at WHU here.


Through this Master, we prepare students for many different roles, some of which are shown here:

  • ENTREPRENEUR: develop your own business idea from conception to launch
  • ENTREPRENEURIAL CAREER: manage a family business, introducing innovation to products and systems
  • STARTUP FOUNDING TEAM MEMBER: use your skills to blend in and add value to a team of like-minded entrepreneurs
  • CORPORATE R&D PROJECT ASSOCIATE: be a project leader, bringing your own brand of vision to the corporate world
  • COMPANY CONSULTANT: be responsible for implementing innovative and creative projects.


Please note that we process applications on a rolling basis, which means that they may close even before the deadlines. Our limited number of seats available in the class means the sooner you apply, the better.

If you are a non-EU candidate, we recommend that you apply at least 3 months before the programme starts, to leave enough time for a Statement of Comparability of your degree and to apply for your student visa.


Fill in the form at and upload these documents:

  • your CV in English
  • university transcripts/mark sheets
  • bachelor’s/master’s degree (if already available at the time of the application)
  • copy of your passport or ID
  • digital picture
  • letter of reference 
  • motivation letter
  • Financial Aid Essay (if you’re applying for one of our tuition fee reductions)
  • English proficiency certificate: IELTS, TOEFL, CAE or equivalent (if already available at the time of the application)
  • Pay the Application Fee (€100)


We will let you know if you have been selected for a Motivational Interview in English, which we will do online.


We will send you an e-mail with our final decision on your application, and if the result is positive, you will also receive scholarship information (if you have applied for one).


After you receive our email and the admission contract, we ask you kindly to confirm your participation in the programme by paying the first instalment.


The programme costs €18,500. These costs cover the entire length of our programme, but they do not include living and travel expenses. If you’ve done a Master of Science programme at Politecnico di Milano in or after 2020, your tuition fee is €9,500.

Applicants of the International Junior Specialising Masters can apply for fee reductions. These are given out on a first-come, first-served basis, so it’s a good idea to apply early. If you’d like financial aid, you need to request it when you submit your application form – please note that late requests for financial aid won’t be considered.


Please note that we don’t offer full scholarships, and that the DSU and other scholarships offered by Politecnico di Milano and the Italian Government cannot be used for POLIMI GSoM’s programmes.

We at POLIMI GSoM have partnered with Flywire to accept payments from international students worldwide. For more info, click here.  

Discover more on our financial aid opportunities



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