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Certificate in Innovation, Design Thinking & Intrapreneurship

Program duration
1-2 or 3 weeks, 21 hours a week, 63 in total. Each module has a 5-day schedule
Degree level
Professional certificate
Entry requirements
Bachelor's degree, at least 3 years of professional experience. A professional level in English is required (for non-native applicants, proof of English will be asked).
Full program fees
1 week: 2100€ - 2 weeks: 3450€ - 3 weeks: 4500€
Teaching location
12 rue Pierre Sémard 38000 Grenoble

This training in taught in english.

The Certificate in Innovation Management is designed for professionals working in environments where innovation and emerging technologies are drivers of growth  and competition. The program will enable you to acquire general knowledge and operational tools to :

  • Manage innovation at team, company and network levels
  • Apply design thinking techniques to foster social and radical innovation
  • Implement intrapreneurship processes to transform ideas into new products and services
  • Make effective decisions regarding innovation strategy and management
  • Test ideas and develop your pitching

Program Strengths

  • Hands-on approach
  • Lecturers from academic and professional  backgrounds
  • Field visits to leading companies and organizations
  • High international exposure with participants from all over the world
  • Grenoble, a vibrant ecosystem where cutting-edge research, large and small businesses, and public institutions successfully collaborate together.
  • Training developed by a triple accredited business school.

Certificate in Innovation, Design Thinking & Intrapreneurship progam. For subtitles, click on the captions icon at the bottom of the video

Each intensive module is delivered over 5 days on our Grenoble campus and grants 2US or 4ECTS credit hours.

Module 1: Innovation Management - 4-8 June 2018

This module is devoted to the analysis of key issues regarding innovation in a globalized world. Impact on business strategy will be discussed in order to illustrate how managers can exert their leadership and attain higher goals. The concepts of open and reverse innovations represent an important part of the module as they can multiply the impact of innovation activities in the company. Also inter-organizational networks and their governance systems will be analyzed. The module will conclude with a session to address implementation and execution strategies, offering practical insights which cover the tactics to transform a good manager into an innovative leader.

On completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Analyze how innovation is related to business strategy and learn how to manage it effectively
  • Understand how innovation fosters competitiveness and can be used to lead in a global environment
  • Master the key techniques to drive creativity, innovation and change within the company
  • Assess the potential of strategic alliances and plan the steps of inter-firm collaboration and open innovation

Module 2: Design Thinking for Managers - 11-15 June 2018

Ideally, managers, designers and others should drive innovation together by putting design excellence in forefront of attention, in order to satisfy customers' needs and the company's strategic goals. However, due to differences in mindset and objectives, co-operation is not always smooth and can be a challenge.
This module is dedicated to managers who seek an understanding of creative approaches and want to develop an open mindset to work with creative people; gain confidence in their creativity and intuition; and foster innovative approaches in companies.

On completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the value of good design in business and marketing
  • Apply the map of empathy for users in the design research and development stages
  • Master the key steps in the design process
  • Solve business issues by applying methods traditionally used by designers

Module 3: Intrapreneurship - 18-22 June 2018

On a global scale a common awareness is growing: there is a different way to manage and develop business. A way that defines new strategies for growing in the long term and with a global approach.
The recent great recession combined with the ongoing transformation of the markets, have created an urgent need for companies to search for new sources of competitive advantage, to re-design their business models, and to find different ways for pursuing new business opportunities. Even more the evolution of consumer behavior recognizes that there are new and better ways to develop products, to serve markets and to build productive enterprises.

Within this new approach managers have to see themselves as change agents. Managers have to embrace an entrepreneurial approach in order to radically innovate in the way companies develop new business ideas and exploit economic value by leveraging on the right assets and capabilities.
The objectives of this module are to foster participants “intrapreneurial culture” and transfer to them methodological and operational tools for corporate entrepreneurial strategies.

On completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Exploit global trends for the new paradigm of intrapreneurship
  • Inspire people with original ideas and engage them in the creation and design of innovative business models
  • Apply a systemic approach and an entrepreneurial mindset to identify new managerial practices


  • Individual and group presentations
  • Business case analyses
  • Pitching of entrepreneurial projects
  • Rapid prototypes
  • Online simulations

Educational approach

A combination of lectures, discussions, simulations, workshops, self-study and company visits to learn best practices.

The skills acquired during this certificate can help open the door to new responsibilities such as:

  • Leader of corporate innovation and corporate venture programmes
  • R&D and Open Innovation manager
  • Entrepreneur or general manager in innovative business
  • Design thinker for new products and services
  • Manager in traditional business that needs to innovate  

“The privilege of studying another culture represents so much more than the opportunity to access quality teachers and course content. It's the opportunity to gain new perspectives by learning and collaborating with students from diverse cultures. As a result, we return home as wiser and more intellectually capable individuals. GEM is located in one of Europe's innovation hubs with thousands of world-class researchers and great infrastructure. My decision to spend time and money at GEM was one of the best educational investments I have ever made.”

Innovation Facilitator –  AusIndustry
2017 edition participant

Participants Profile

Professionals who need to acquire necessary knowledge and tools to lead their companies/business units in adopting new models and processes:

  • Aspiring entrepreneurs
  • Managers involved in R&D, new product and business development, corporate strategy planning and technology development
  • Intrapreneurs
  • Team members in charge of planning and implementing innovation

Admission criteria

  • Bachelor's degree or above
  • At least 3 years of professional experience
  • Proof of fluency in English

Admission is subject to the number of places available.

Online application:

To apply for this program, please fill out the online application form and send all required documents (indicated in the application form).

Program fees:



Innovation Management 

€ 2,100

Design Thinking for Managers

€ 2,100


€ 2,100

Pack offer

2-week course: € 3,450

3-week course: € 4,500

Fees include:

  • Welcome event with your fellow participants;
  • Networking events: French cooking class, wine tasting…;
  • Company visits and guest speakers conferences ;
  • Farewell dinner and certificate awarding ceremony.

Fees do not include:

  • Accommodation in Grenoble;
  • Insurance;
  • Transportation;
  • Meals, except for those listed above.
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