Master’s programme in Entrepreneurship and Innovation

MSc in Entrepreneurship and Innovation | 1 year | 60 credits

Course content

Courses taken by both tracks

Semester 1, September

The course covers a range of models and methods for opportunity generation and evaluation. The objective is to assist students to develop their abilities to discover and generate business opportunities. The course consists of four parts; introduction to the entrepreneurial process, opportunity recognition, entrepreneurial decision making and teamwork in the entrepreneurial process. The course discusses entrepreneurship in different contexts including the new venture and the corporate context. This course is taken by both tracks.

Course code: ENTN01

Semester 1, November

In this course the student develops an understanding about different forms of business models. Furthermore, the student gains an understanding of the conditions for business model development. Based on this the student develops an ability to develop, iterate and test business models. This course is taken by both tracks.

Track 1: Specialisation courses in New Venture Creation

Entrepreneurship: New Venture Creation, will encourage the students to start their own ventures and become self-employed, or to work in advisory roles to new venture start-ups. 

In parallell with other courses during both autumn and spring (September–June)

The students start the project work already at the outset of the programme and the course follows the students’ entrepreneurial process throughout. Most of the project workload of the entrepreneurial projects take place during the second study period. The course follows, supports and is structured around the students’ own entrepreneurial project. Successful completion of the entrepreneurial project is required to obtain the certificate at the end of the master education.

It should be explicitly mentioned that successful completion of the entrepreneurial project does not necessarily mean that the project must end up as a successfully launched venture, although this is a desired goal. What is important is that the entrepreneurial project has served as a learning process and that the students involved have been equipped with valuable experiences that can be utilized in future entrepreneurial ventures.

The process of carrying out students’ entrepreneurial projects will be characterized by continuous support in the form of a dedicated advisory board per project, continuous feedback from mentors and teachers. 

The course is examined on three items:

  • First, the entrepreneurial process, which is assessed by the projects advisory board and based upon action taken, milestones being met and the progress made during the programme.
  • Second, a ‘Pitch Deck’ which will be submitted in written and visual form but also presented at a programme Demoday, in addition to the submission of the pitch deck, project teams will also submit a complementary project validation report. Third, from the outset of the programme students will submit fortnightly learning journals. In the learning journal students will reflect upon the actions they have taken in relation to theory from the programme.
  • The culmination of these journals is a final meta reflection report, where students outline their own entrepreneurial process and journey.

Course code: ENTN08 | Download syllabus

Semester 1, October

The aim of this course is twofold. It introduces students to a comprehensive approach to analyze industry/market conditions and tools on how to gather information about their potential markets. The skills to be developed include analyzing principal dimensions of competition, investigating the position and performance of current players, appreciation of the feasibility and desirability of a potential idea, product or service, and identification of key factors contributing to the efficiency of industry operations.

In addition, it introduces the students to how to communicate their business idea, product or service to potential investors, customers and other stakeholders. The course consists of three parts; industry and competitor analysis, customer analysis and market research, and market communication in new ventures.

Course code: ENTN06 | Download syllabus

Semester 1, November

The course provides students with knowledge and skills to identify, understand and tackle key challenges associated with leading a startup with growth ambitions. The course focuses on “people- problems” faced and created by different groups of people, such as founders, co-founders, hires, investors and successors. Critical issues include identifying and recruiting co-founders, establishing roles, relationships and rewards within the startup team, hiring new talent, onboarding investors, and managing succession.

Semester 1, December

This course provides students with theoretical and practical knowledge about resource management and finance of new ventures. The students will get to know and use basic frameworks and techniques for analyzing and utilizing critical resources and capabilities in emerging ventures. There will be emphasis on issues like the control and influence over resources in the pursuit of new venture opportunities, the assessment of financial requirements in new ventures, bootstrapping strategies, venture capital markets, and decisions about company foundation, ownership, outside assistance, and other legal issues (corporate governance).

In addition, the course will enhance the students’ knowledge about the financial markets for new ventures. Particularly the way different investors, such as banks, venture capitalists and business angels make their investments in new ventures, and how they manage their portfolio after the investments are made.

Semester 2, January–June

The students start the project work already at the outset of the programme and the course follows the students’ entrepreneurial process throughout. Most of the project workload of the entrepreneurial projects take place during the second study period. The course follows, supports and is structured around the students’ own entrepreneurial project. Successful completion of the entrepreneurial project is required to obtain the certificate at the end of the master education.

It should be explicitly mentioned that successful completion of the entrepreneurial project does not necessarily mean that the project must end up as a successfully launched venture, although this is a desired goal. What is important is that the entrepreneurial project has served as a learning process and that the students involved have been equipped with valuable experiences that can be utilized in future entrepreneurial ventures.

The process of carrying out students’ entrepreneurial projects will be characterized by continuous support in the form of a dedicated advisory board per project, continuous feedback from mentors and teachers. 

The course is examined on three items: First, the entrepreneurial process, which is assessed by the projects advisory board and based upon action taken, milestones being met and the progress made during the programme. Second, a ‘Pitch Deck’ which will be submitted in written and visual form but also presented at a programme Demoday, in addition to the submission of the pitch deck, project teams will also submit a complementary project validation report. Third, from the outset of the programme students will submit fortnightly learning journals. In the learning journal students will reflect upon the actions they have taken in relation to theory from the programme. The culmination of these journals is a final meta reflection report, where students outline their own entrepreneurial process and journey.

Course code: ENTN19 | Download syllabus

Track 2: Specialisation courses in Corporate Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Corporate Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the students will assimilate knowledge that will make them suitable as project managers or consultants of innovative and entrepreneurial business projects in existing organisations. 

Semester 1, October

This course is focused on understanding how to build, maintain, and develop organizations suitable for innovation and entrepreneurship in a corporate context, i.e., within and alongside established businesses with other logics. Within this context it is also focused on understanding the role and actions of intrapreneurs and on performance measurement in intrapreneurial settings.

Course code: ENTN33

Semester 1, November

This course introduces students to the concepts of innovation and innovation management in existing businesses and networks. The aim of the course is to give an understanding of the key concepts and tools of innovation management and develop the skills to apply them to practical cases. The course covers innovation process management, innovation capabilities, innovation strategies such as open innovation, and contemporary topics in innovation management. 

Semester 1, December

In this course students develop knowledge in project and research methods related to entrepreneurship, serving as the foundation for Internship and degree project. The course focuses in the different steps and decisions involved in undertaking a project and thesis with particular focus on methods for data collection and analysis.

Semester 2, January–June

During the Internship, the student works in the host organization with a project focused on business development and innovation. The basic aim of the Internship and Degree Project course is that the student will learn to apply and use knowledge and skills gained on business activities. In the course the student as well develops an ability to plan, undertake and in written and oral form present a scientific examination (degree thesis) within corporate entrepreneurship and innovation.

Course code: ENTN39 | Download syllabus

Please note

This is a preliminary course list, and is intended as guidance only. The course list may be subject to change.