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Certificate in Entrepreneurship

Program duration
90hrs (3 weeks over 4 months)
Degree level
Professional Certificate
Entry requirements
Undergraduate degree or above + at least 3 years of work experience + proof of fluency in English
Full program fees
€ 6,100
Teaching location
12 rue Pierre Sémard 38000 Grenoble

Applications for 2018 admissions are now closed. Application for 2019 will open at the latest in september 2018.

The development of entrepreneurship is a major challenge for the business world of today. How can you effectively encourage an entrepreneurial spirit and learn skills that meet the needs of modern executives?

This certificate covers all of the fundamentals of entrepreneurship, including corporate and social entrepreneurship. Participants work together to create a startup project, search for business models, and experience many of the challenges of funding and growing an entrepreneurial project. The program offers participants the opportunity to perfect current skills and learn new ones. Develop your ability to be effective at entrepreneurship.

This program provides participants with the opportunity to acquire key skills and knowledge in the field of entrepreneurship. The three-part course explores a wide range of topics related to entrepreneurship and offer hands-on experience preparing a entrepreneurial project (from identifying opportunities to presenting a business plan and funding your project). During this course, you will learn to:

  • Recognize environments that are favorable for entrepreneurship
  • Assess your entrepreneurial skills and overcome the founders’ dilemma
  • Identify entrepreneurial opportunities
  • Build a team to launch a startup
  • Analyze and select an appropriate business model
  • Find funding options that matches your project
  • Pitch your project to stakeholders
  • Know when, how and why to write a business plan
  • Anticipate the challenges of growth
  • Understand the specific challenges of small or family businesses

Program strengths

  • Acquire entrepreneurial expertise to launch a startup or small/family business
  • Develop an entrepreneurial mindset that can be applied to the corporate world
  • Interact with and discover the experiences of entrepreneurs and experts
  • Develop intercultural skills while studying with faculty and peers from around the world.
  • Earn credit towards future MBA programs
  • Take part in a training program developed by a triple accredited business school

The modules on entrepreneurship were eye-openers for the future of my professional career. In the past, I assumed entrepreneurship was all about creating the most detailed and extravagant business plan. But, it’s so much more than that, and it’s fun. Today, I see entrepreneurship from a new, holistic and integrative perspective. By learning about the myths and dilemmas of entrepreneurship, I discovered that my ideas for a future entrepreneurial project were on the right track to creating a successful, profitable and growing business. I will not be the next fancy bakery shop, but rather, the next blockbuster of the business world.”

Introduction to Entrepreneurship : Feb 12 - 16, 2018

Core concepts:

  • Fundamentals of entrepreneurship
  • The entrepreneurial process
  • Corporate and social entrepreneurship

In this module, you will learn how to:

  • Define entrepreneurship and its relevance for the economy
  • Understand the characteristics of entrepreneurs and the founders’ dilemma
  • Analyze and implement the entrepreneurial process
  • Learn the principles of effectuation
  • Apply lean startup methodologies
  • Explore the impact of entrepreneurship on the corporate and social worlds

Entrepreneurship and Business Opportunities : April 9 - 13, 2018

Core concepts:

  • Implementing lean startup methodologies
  • Identifying and capitalizing on new business opportunities

In this module, you will learn how to:

  • Work in teams to implement a real startup project using the lean startup method
  • Test business models according to the needs of customers, partners and other stakeholders
  • Use the LaunchPad Central platform to structure your startup project and benefit from coaching and peer review

New Venture Business Planning | Small & Family Business : May 28 – June 1, 2018

Core concepts:

  • Business planning for entrepreneurship
  • Small & family businesses
  • Creating growth

In this module, you will learn how to:

  • Create an elevator pitch and investor deck for your project
  • Explore funding options: entrepreneurial financing, venture financing, crowdfunding, etc.
  • Understand the specificities of family-controlled businesses
  • Prepare effective growth strategies for small and family businesses

Evaluation

Participants will be evaluated on how they apply course concepts to their specific professional project. This will include written and oral presentations for a startup project.

Continue your learning experience

Credit from this 90 hours program may be applied to completing an MBA degree.

Educational approach

This certificate builds on a ‘learn by doing’ approach. Participants will explore key theoretical concepts and case studies before applying this knowledge to their own professional project.

This certificate is taught by GEM faculty and professional experts. With faculty engaged in applied research and the input of working professionals, the course links theory and practice by sharing useful knowledge and analyzing real-life business cases. Our diverse set of faculty and experts ensures the program benefits from a strong international perspective.

This certificate will help advance your career and prepare you to:

  • Develop a startup project
  • Engage in entrepreneurship or intrapreneurship
  • Work in a startup ecosystem or for an accelerator
  • Improve your abilities as a small or medium-sized business unit manager

Participant profile

Aspiring entrepreneurs (an existing startup project is not required for the course)
Employees ready to help their company integrate an entrepreneurial mindset
Professionals interested in the growing entrepreneurial boom

Admissions requirements

Bachelor’s degree
At least three years of professional experience
Proof of fluency in English

Applications for 2018 admissions are now closed. Application for 2019 will open at the latest in september 2018.

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.