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Master of Science (MSc) in
Sustainability Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Business as usual is over!

 

Objectives of the programme

This Master of Science degree in Sustainability Entrepreneurship and Innovation is designed for entrepreneurs who want to apply the tools of business to solving the world’s most urgent social and environmental problems.

A two-year residential programme based in Berlin and Paris, the Master in Sustainability Entrepreneurship and Innovation builds on the latest thinking on entrepreneurship, innovation and sustainability.

Over six terms, students will gain a practical understanding in the classroom of relevant business methods and tools, such as business modelling, as well as direct experience in the field on an internship, a consulting engagement, or a business development project.

European Academic Director


Florian LÜDEKE-FREUND - ESCP Europe Faculty

Prof. Dr. Florian LÜDEKE-FREUND

Professor in Department of Economics, Law and Social Sciences

Dr. rer. pol.
Chair of Corporate Sustainability
Research areas: Sustainable Development

Advisory Board in Sustainability Management
Business as usual is over

The Advisory Board in Sustainability Management consists of research, business and organisation experts and devoted itself to finding answers to essential questions within the field of sustainability management and sustainable business.

Practical idealism

We believe students of this programme will be pragmatic idealists. Most students will have backgrounds in economics, natural sciences, or engineering. They are fluent in English and interested in pursuing an international business career that is focused on building innovative and sustainable companies.
This full-time, two-year programme is taught entirely in English, but most serious sustainability problems cross borders, so students study a second language as well. Cross-cultural perspectives are further encouraged through conversations with ESCP Europe’s international faculty and students as well as frequent speakers.

Careers

Demand for sustainability-focused entrepreneurs is up: more companies than ever see sustainability as an essential part of their mission. However, the new corporate commitment should be seen as the floor of our forecast, not the ceiling. Given the world’s many pressing concerns – climate change, aging populations, income inequality, and more – it’s hard to think of any industrial sector that couldn’t use more gifted, socially aware entrepreneurs.

About ESCP Europe's MSc

The choice of a Full-Time MSc corresponds to a professional project and gives young graduates and young managers a combination of high-value skills sought by recruiters.
This programme provides academic expertise and presentation of the best professional practices. Our goal is to train experts who will be rapidly able to progress in a globalized world. Choosing a "Full-Time Intensive" format allows, at the end of a short and dense tuition, to have an immediate access to decision-making leadership positions.

 

4th International Conference on New Business Models (2019)

Event
4th International Conference on New Business Models (2019)

The 4th International Conference on New Business Models hosted by Florian Lüdeke-Freund and his Chair for Corporate Sustainability at ESCP Europe Berlin brought together 186 business model and sustainability experts from 30+ countries. There were inspiring keynotes, top-notch panel discussions and nearly 100 presentations by scholars from sustainability sciences, entrepreneurship, innovation, management, design and many more. You find much more inspiration in our conference proceedings.

Watch the video

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In cooperation with 25 ESCP Europe members from Paris, Torino, Madrid, Warsaw and Berlin, the research centre on issues of sustainability in business and society has been founded in 2013 under the scientific direction of Prof. Dr. Sylvie Geisendorf.


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The Jean-Baptiste Say Institute relies on a unique European network, which was developed in 2007 by the Entrepreneurship Chair and is backed by the momentum of ESCP’s European platform and other significant resources devoted to its European expansion.

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Master of Science (MSc) in
Sustainability Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Curriculum

A programme for your passion

The Master in Sustainability Entrepreneurship and Innovation (120 ECTS) teaches you what you need to know to build an entrepreneurial career that makes a difference.

Through a combination of lectures, skills instruction, and hands-on fieldwork, students learn both the theory and practice of what they need to know to become an entrepreneur who makes a difference to society and the planet.

Courses are taught by full-time ESCP Europe faculty and successful professionals. Students also have the opportunity to meet many successful entrepreneurs and business people focused on sustainability.

A two-year full-time programme

The programme begins in September and is organised as follow:

Course Modules

You have to be proficient in English to follow these courses.

Sustainable entrepreneurship & innovation
  • Sustainable entrepreneurship 
    • Sustainable entrepreneurship
    • Strategic management
  • Sustainable entrepreneurship 
    • Entrepreneurial finance
    • Sustainability accounting
    • Sustainability marketing
  • Sustainable innovation 
    • Values-based & sustainability innovation
    • Case studies of sustainable innovation
  • Sustainable innovation 
    • Eco-venturing, starting an eco- company
    • Business models for sustainability
    • Business model innovation mini project
Intercultural management & leadership
  • Management & leadership 
    • Innovation project skills & management
  • Management & leadership 
    • Leadership, teams & collaboration
    • Intercultural management
Electives 

(exemplary courses, the selection can vary)

  • Development economics
  • NGO management
  • Sustainable energy management
  • Sustainable finance
  • Sustainability management
  • Digital marketing
  • Social entrepreneurship MOOC
  • New business models MOOC
Research
Skills

Company Consultancy Projects
Experiential learning

You will accomplish a Company Consultancy Project during the MSc in Sustainability Entrepreneurship and Innovation, which allows you to put into practice the concepts acquired in the classroom. The projects provide students with collaborative and intercultural work experience on a case provided by a company.

In groups of 4-5, students are expected to perform an in-depth analysis and make recommendations for actions that can realistically be implemented by the company.
At the heart of the programme, the Company Consultancy Projects are a key element of the programme that enables students to get to know a sector or a specific function. They require significant commitment and focus from the students.

Through the Company Consultancy Project, students learn how to work efficiently as a team and hone their skills in:

  • Project planning and management
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Development of hypotheses and recommendations
  • Customer service
  • Public speaking and presentations

Within the framework of the Company Consultancy Projects, dedicated workshops are carried out such as:

  • Client interaction
  • Presentation skills

Throughout the project, tutoring is provided by an ESCP Europe professor.
Students learn how to approach an issue with a critical mindset, and how to react swiftly in unexpected situations with a creative and open-minded attitude.

Some Partner Companies

BBVA – BNP Paribas – Capco – Deloitte – Eaton – EXPOFRANCE 2025 – GE Capital – Hydrogen – IBM – Indeu capital – Inditex (Zara) – Indra – International SOS – Interserve – Larousse – Lavazza – LVMH – Orange – Paul UK – Pernod Ricard – Porsche Design – Santer Reply – Telefónica – Vodafone

Examples of Company Consultancy Projects
  • Benchmark and blueprint for an International Graduate Programme (utilities, HR)
  • City launching of Urban Ninja in Spanish market
  • Development and implementation of online business for commercialisation
  • Development of a CSR strategy
  • Development of an innovative B2B online portal
  • Feasibility study to set up a commercial subsidiary: services, organisation and financial model
  • Global mobility of highly skilled professionals
  • Global supply chain and distribution model (retail chain)
  • Growth opportunities in the digital technologies sector in Europe
  • Identify growth opportunities for category portfolio products
  • Portfolio strategy and dealflow identification (private equity fund, India luxury market)
  • SME lending in Europe. New scoring model analysis (banking, innovation)
  • Study of business intelligence in the field of "fast moving consumer health" at European level
  • Telemedicine and return on investment: a real case modelling and evaluation
  • The future of newspapers, books and magazines (publishing industry)
  • The new online shop: benchmark and suggestions
  • Transforming London’s precious metal OTC market: feasibility report
  • Valvetrain footprint optimisation: how to secure profitable regional growth

Professional mission
A professional mission in the form of an in-company internship of at least 3 months.

From May to July of the second year, students must complete an in-company internship of at least 3 months. The internship is an opportunity for practical application of the theoretical concepts learned from courses, with an eye to establishing a career.

The Corporate Relations Department

The Company Relations Department is dedicated to gather placement offers from many companies. The department also organises a series of fairs involving firms, giving MSc students many opportunities to make contact.

Professional thesis
Writing and defending a professional thesis

Starting in February of the second year, students must draft a professional thesis in consultation with an ESCP Europe Professor, which is based on the course "research methods" (term 4). The topic chosen is approved beforehand by an academic advisor. The thesis is defended orally to a committee between June and July. This individual applied research project is an essential part of the programme, since it leads to in-depth analysis. It represents 20 of the total of 120 ECTS credits earned over the two years.

Network of Business Mentors

Learning from ESCP Europe’s entrepreneurship ecosystem

ESCP Europe has a large network of companies and entrepreneurs, which offers unique access to the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Berlin and beyond. This special access to entrepreneurial ecosystems is used to connect students of the MSc in Sustainability Entrepreneurship and Innovation to business mentors.

These mentors will support our students during their one-year “Sustainable Entrepreneurship & Innovation Projects” (SEIPs). The SEIPs are hands-on business ideation projects, from opportunity recognition to business planning, that allow our students to gain in-depth insights into the practical challenges of entrepreneurship and innovation.

Typically, four students form an SEIP team which is guided by one experienced mentor.

ESCP Europe is currently setting up a new network of business mentors for the MSc in Sustainability Entrepreneurship and Innovation (as of April 2019).

Our network includes the following experts
(the list will be updated on a regular basis)

Florian Andrews - ESCP Europe

Florian ANDREWS

Profile:
  • Consultant for circular economy and business models
  • Founder of Gruener Hering – Agency for Circular Economy, Hamburg
  • Founding member of the cooperative sustainable natives, Berlin
Main areas of expertise:
  • Circular economy
  • Business models
  • Business models for sustainability

Dr. Robert Gerlach - ESCP Europe

Dr. Robert GERLACH

Profile:
  • Founder of Threebility – Methods for Sustainable Innovation
  • Interim executive and advisor for clean-tech venture development
  • Mentor at Techstars Berlin and AtomLeap
Main areas of expertise:
  • Methods for sustainable product and business model innovation
  • Product management and customer development
  • Impact entrepreneurship and startup advisory 

Frauke HERDEN - ESCP Europe

Frauke HERDEN

Profile:
Main areas of expertise:
  • Sustainable Business Model Generation and Market Roll Out
  • Agile Transformation, Learning Teams, Leadership
  • Sustainable Finance
  • (Renewable-) Energies, Water, Life Science

Marie-Lucie Linde - ESCP Europe

Marie-Lucie LINDE

Profile:
Main areas of expertise:
  • Sustainability management
  • Sustainable corporate communication
  • Developing and facilitating events for sustainable development

Marie’s call for perspective: “Create your ‘raison d’être’ by putting values at the heart of your business.”


Heike Mewes - ESCP Europe

Heike MEWES

Profile:
  • Independent consultant
  • Trainer and facilitator
Main areas of expertise:
  • Sustainable strategies and business models
  • Environmental management and climate change
  • Sustainability reporting

Thomas Schindler - ESCP Europe

Thomas SCHINDLER

Profile:
Main areas of expertise:
  • Transformational Coaching
  • Digital Technologies
  • Divergent Thinking

 

4th International Conference on New Business Models (2019)

Event
4th International Conference on New Business Models (2019)

The 4th International Conference on New Business Models hosted by Florian Lüdeke-Freund and his Chair for Corporate Sustainability at ESCP Europe Berlin brought together 186 business model and sustainability experts from 30+ countries. There were inspiring keynotes, top-notch panel discussions and nearly 100 presentations by scholars from sustainability sciences, entrepreneurship, innovation, management, design and many more. You find much more inspiration in our conference proceedings.

Watch the video

SustBusy Research Center Logo

In cooperation with 25 ESCP Europe members from Paris, Torino, Madrid, Warsaw and Berlin, the research centre on issues of sustainability in business and society has been founded in 2013 under the scientific direction of Prof. Dr. Sylvie Geisendorf.


Jean-Baptiste SAY Institute Logo

The Jean-Baptiste Say Institute relies on a unique European network, which was developed in 2007 by the Entrepreneurship Chair and is backed by the momentum of ESCP’s European platform and other significant resources devoted to its European expansion.

See more

Master of Science (MSc) in
Sustainability Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Admissions

 

Requirements

  • A Bachelor degree with a minimum of 180 ECTS
  • A university background preferably in management, economics, social or natural sciences, or engineering: interest in own business development; an entrepreneurial / intrapreneurial profile
  • Fluency in English: TOEFL, TOEIC or IELTS scores or English test on campus
  • Work experience not required (if given, a maximum of 2 years is recommended)

 

Procedure

Step 1: Application form

Applications are made online. After having created your account, please choose "Master - Master of Sciences" in the "Admission" section.

Admission process

To apply for the MSc in Sustainability Entrepreneurship and Innovation programme you have to submit the following documents:

  • Letter of motivation (half page)
  • Photocopy of passport or identity card
  • Your resume (curriculum vitae)
  • Transcripts of records of all years of higher education (certified copies) and current weighted average mark and/or expected final grade
  • Bachelor degree - if you hold it already - original or certified copy

Optional:

  • The score on a standardized English language test, dated no later than 2 years ago
  • GMAT score (only mandatory for the online application process - see below)

Step 2: Personal Interview

Tests and personal interview at the Berlin Campus

Candidates who meet the requirements will be invited to the admission test at the Berlin Campus. The test consists of:

  • Online verbal and numerical logic test (you will find more information and examples here)
  • Individual interview
  • English test (written, oral)
  • Applicants whose first language is English or who provide the result of a standardized language test not older than two years are exempt (TOEFL written 600; TOEFL IBT 100; TOEFL computer based 250; IELTS 7)

​In exceptional circumstances, e.g. for students living outside of Europe, we offer an online application process:
Applicants will be tested in the same fields. Therefore - in addition to a video interview with the applicant - we require a GMAT test result* and the score of a standardized English language test (if English is not the first language).
*should you not be able to provide a GMAT result in time please contact us.

Step 3: Confirmation

Candidates will be admitted on rolling base.

 

Admission Calendar
 

ADMISSION PLATFORM OPENS OCTOBER 2019

The admission platform to apply for the Master in Sustainability Entrepreneurship and Innovation will be open from October on. More details about the dates will follow, please contact Stephan Schmuck (Programme Manager) for more information.

4th International Conference on New Business Models (2019)

Event
4th International Conference on New Business Models (2019)

The 4th International Conference on New Business Models hosted by Florian Lüdeke-Freund and his Chair for Corporate Sustainability at ESCP Europe Berlin brought together 186 business model and sustainability experts from 30+ countries. There were inspiring keynotes, top-notch panel discussions and nearly 100 presentations by scholars from sustainability sciences, entrepreneurship, innovation, management, design and many more. You find much more inspiration in our conference proceedings.

Watch the video

SustBusy Research Center Logo

In cooperation with 25 ESCP Europe members from Paris, Torino, Madrid, Warsaw and Berlin, the research centre on issues of sustainability in business and society has been founded in 2013 under the scientific direction of Prof. Dr. Sylvie Geisendorf.


Jean-Baptiste SAY Institute Logo

The Jean-Baptiste Say Institute relies on a unique European network, which was developed in 2007 by the Entrepreneurship Chair and is backed by the momentum of ESCP’s European platform and other significant resources devoted to its European expansion.

See more

Master of Science (MSc) in
Sustainability Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Fees & Financials

 

Application Fees

  • The application fees are set at €130. Registration fees are non-refundable.

Fees

A payment of €25,500 is due for the two-year programme.

The fees are invoiced in four instalments and are due as follows:

  • First instalment: four weeks after admission
  • Second instalment: 1 Aug 2019
  • Third instalment: 1 Dec 2019
  • Fourth instalment: 1 May 2020

4th International Conference on New Business Models (2019)

Event
4th International Conference on New Business Models (2019)

The 4th International Conference on New Business Models hosted by Florian Lüdeke-Freund and his Chair for Corporate Sustainability at ESCP Europe Berlin brought together 186 business model and sustainability experts from 30+ countries. There were inspiring keynotes, top-notch panel discussions and nearly 100 presentations by scholars from sustainability sciences, entrepreneurship, innovation, management, design and many more. You find much more inspiration in our conference proceedings.

Watch the video

SustBusy Research Center Logo

In cooperation with 25 ESCP Europe members from Paris, Torino, Madrid, Warsaw and Berlin, the research centre on issues of sustainability in business and society has been founded in 2013 under the scientific direction of Prof. Dr. Sylvie Geisendorf.


Jean-Baptiste SAY Institute Logo

The Jean-Baptiste Say Institute relies on a unique European network, which was developed in 2007 by the Entrepreneurship Chair and is backed by the momentum of ESCP’s European platform and other significant resources devoted to its European expansion.

See more