Master of Science (MSc) in Sustainability Entrepreneurship and Innovation

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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 aspiring change makers who want to apply the tools of business to solving the world’s most urgent social and environmental problems. Whether students set out to integrate sustainability practices into a corporation, start their own purpose-driven companies, or anything in between, this MSc empowers them to drive change within teams, firms, and industries.

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

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

ESCP Berlin’s Vision Of Sustainability

Sustainability is a Key Academic Area at ESCP Berlin. It entails various study programmes, research projects and ESCP Berlin’s activities in the pursuit of itself becoming a sustainable organisation. This Key Academic Area is devoted to finding answers to essential questions within the field of sustainability entrepreneurship and management. Selected experts from renowned companies and NGOs support the school as a Sustainability Advisory Board.

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 sustainability-driven companies that aim to solve urgent issues such as poverty, degradation of natural ecosystems or climate change.

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’s international faculty and students as well as frequent speakers.

European Academic Director


Florian LÜDEKE-FREUND - ESCP Faculty

Prof. Dr. Florian LÜDEKE-FREUND

Professor for Corporate Sustainability

Member of the Entrepreneurship Department and the Jean-Baptiste Say Institute
Chair of Corporate Sustainability
Research areas: Sustainable Development

About ESCP'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.

ESCP and Sustainable Natives eG partnership

Partnership

ESCP and sustainable natives eG, the cooperative for sustainable business consulting, are partnering in the areas of teaching, career development and community management.

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MSEI & United Nations Environment Programme partnership

Partnership

The MSc in Sustainability Entrepreneurship & Innovation has partnered with the United Nations Environment Programme for the 2020-21 academic year.

Learn How

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Student Stories

Jo Bautista is a current MSEI student responding to the coronavirus crisis in her home country of the Philippines. Learn about how she's putting theory into practice.

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4th International Conference on New Business Models (2019)

4th International Conference on New Business Models (2019)

186 business model and sustainability experts from 30+ countries, nearly 100 presentations by scholars… Download the conference proceedings.

Watch the video

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In cooperation with 25 ESCP 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 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

Classes will be delivered on campus and/or online in accordance with government recommendations. 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 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

Internship
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.

Here are some examples of companies and organisations at which students have obtained internships:

Nike – Atlantic Food Labs  – Active Giving  – SAP – Brussels Beer Project – Siemens Mobility – C4 Ventures  – Emma: the Sleep Company – Digital Career Institute

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 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’s entrepreneurship ecosystem

ESCP 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 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

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

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

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

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

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

Thomas SCHINDLER

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

 

ESCP and Sustainable Natives eG partnership

Partnership

ESCP and sustainable natives eG, the cooperative for sustainable business consulting, are partnering in the areas of teaching, career development and community management.

Read More [DE]

MSEI & United Nations Environment Programme partnership

Partnership

The MSc in Sustainability Entrepreneurship & Innovation has partnered with the United Nations Environment Programme for the 2020-21 academic year.

Learn How

Master in Sustainable Entrepreneurship student project June 2020

Student Stories

Jo Bautista is a current MSEI student responding to the coronavirus crisis in her home country of the Philippines. Learn about how she's putting theory into practice.

Read more

4th International Conference on New Business Models (2019)

4th International Conference on New Business Models (2019)

186 business model and sustainability experts from 30+ countries, nearly 100 presentations by scholars… Download the conference proceedings.

Watch the video

SustBusy Research Center Logo

In cooperation with 25 ESCP 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
Careers

Demand is up for values-based change agents and entrepreneurs: 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 industry or sector that could benefit more from talented and socially aware entrepreneurs.

The first class of the MSc in Sustainability Entrepreneurship and Innovation started in September 2018. After their graduation in September 2020, our students will be part of the ESCP 65,000-member alumni network in over 150 countries in the world.

Build your career

ESCP gives you the opportunity to leverage events, tools and guidelines to efficiently manage your career process after the end of your Master.

The Careers Service

Prepare your Career Plan

The Careers Service supports you in preparing a well-structured Curriculum Vitae and cover letter in order to strongly increase your chances to have an impact on companies. In addition, it also provides you with a structured method and process to prepare a career plan, in order to build and start an efficient and effective job-seeking strategy.

Job Fairs and Recruitment Day

Of particular relevance are the Job Fairs and Recruitment Day organised by the ESCP Careers Service on each campus. Thanks to these huge events you have the opportunity to directly get in touch with HR and managers of leading companies.

Post-graduation options for non-EU citizens

Start your sustainability career in Europe. Studying in Germany has many distinct advantages during and after your studies. Upon completion of a state-recognised degree, non-EU citizens are entitled to apply for an 18-month job-seeking visa, among other options. See more information here.

The Alumni Network

Once you have completed your Master, you have the opportunity to be part of the Alumni Network that updates ex-students about newest internship and job offers for the national and international business environment.

ESCP and Sustainable Natives eG partnership

Partnership

ESCP and sustainable natives eG, the cooperative for sustainable business consulting, are partnering in the areas of teaching, career development and community management.

Read More [DE]

MSEI & United Nations Environment Programme partnership

Partnership

The MSc in Sustainability Entrepreneurship & Innovation has partnered with the United Nations Environment Programme for the 2020-21 academic year.

Learn How

Master in Sustainable Entrepreneurship student project June 2020

Student Stories

Jo Bautista is a current MSEI student responding to the coronavirus crisis in her home country of the Philippines. Learn about how she's putting theory into practice.

Read more

4th International Conference on New Business Models (2019)

4th International Conference on New Business Models (2019)

186 business model and sustainability experts from 30+ countries, nearly 100 presentations by scholars… Download the conference proceedings.

Watch the video

SustBusy Research Center Logo

In cooperation with 25 ESCP 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

IMPORTANT

 

Under the special circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic, all admission exam sessions organised by the Berlin Campus will take place online. The dates and times listed in the admission exam calendar below remain the same.

We are doing everything possible to minimise the impact the current circumstances will have, while continuing to maintain the highest health standards.

Our teams will remain available to reply to your questions, and will be in touch as soon as new information becomes available.

Requirements

  • A Bachelor degree with a minimum of 180 ECTS from a state accredited institution of Higher Education i.e university
  • 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 have successfully passed the Background evaluation will be invited to the admission test at the Berlin Campus. The test consists of:

  • Online deductive 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 a rolling basis.

 

Admission Calendar

The application for the 2021 intake is now open. Register here to start an application.

Please contact Stephan Schmuck (Programme Manager) for more information.

Application
Deadline
Admission
Test Day
(at ESCP Berlin)
26 Oct 2020 13 Nov 2020
25 Jan 2021 12 Feb 2021
9 Mar 2021 26 Mar 2021
25 Mar 2021 22 & 23 Apr 2021
10 May 2021 31 May, 1 & 2 Jun 2021
14 Jun 2021 2 Jul 2021
12 Jul 2021 30 July 2021

ESCP and Sustainable Natives eG partnership

Partnership

ESCP and sustainable natives eG, the cooperative for sustainable business consulting, are partnering in the areas of teaching, career development and community management.

Read More [DE]

MSEI & United Nations Environment Programme partnership

Partnership

The MSc in Sustainability Entrepreneurship & Innovation has partnered with the United Nations Environment Programme for the 2020-21 academic year.

Learn How

Master in Sustainable Entrepreneurship student project June 2020

Student Stories

Jo Bautista is a current MSEI student responding to the coronavirus crisis in her home country of the Philippines. Learn about how she's putting theory into practice.

Read more

4th International Conference on New Business Models (2019)

4th International Conference on New Business Models (2019)

186 business model and sustainability experts from 30+ countries, nearly 100 presentations by scholars… Download the conference proceedings.

Watch the video

SustBusy Research Center Logo

In cooperation with 25 ESCP 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 €26,700 is due for the two-year programme. Apply by 28 February 2021 to receive a €2,670 Early Bird tuition reduction.

A non-refundable down-payment of €2,000 is due four weeks after admission.

The remaining fees are due in four instalments on the following key dates:

  • First instalment: September 1st 2021
  • Second instalment: January 1st 2022
  • Third instalment: June 1st 2022
  • Fourth instalment: January 1st 2023

ESCP and Sustainable Natives eG partnership

Partnership

ESCP and sustainable natives eG, the cooperative for sustainable business consulting, are partnering in the areas of teaching, career development and community management.

Read More [DE]

MSEI & United Nations Environment Programme partnership

Partnership

The MSc in Sustainability Entrepreneurship & Innovation has partnered with the United Nations Environment Programme for the 2020-21 academic year.

Learn How

Master in Sustainable Entrepreneurship student project June 2020

Student Stories

Jo Bautista is a current MSEI student responding to the coronavirus crisis in her home country of the Philippines. Learn about how she's putting theory into practice.

Read more

4th International Conference on New Business Models (2019)

4th International Conference on New Business Models (2019)

186 business model and sustainability experts from 30+ countries, nearly 100 presentations by scholars… Download the conference proceedings.

Watch the video

SustBusy Research Center Logo

In cooperation with 25 ESCP 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
Meet Us

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ESCP and Sustainable Natives eG partnership

Partnership

ESCP and sustainable natives eG, the cooperative for sustainable business consulting, are partnering in the areas of teaching, career development and community management.

Read More [DE]

MSEI & United Nations Environment Programme partnership

Partnership

The MSc in Sustainability Entrepreneurship & Innovation has partnered with the United Nations Environment Programme for the 2020-21 academic year.

Learn How

Master in Sustainable Entrepreneurship student project June 2020

Student Stories

Jo Bautista is a current MSEI student responding to the coronavirus crisis in her home country of the Philippines. Learn about how she's putting theory into practice.

Read more

4th International Conference on New Business Models (2019)

4th International Conference on New Business Models (2019)

186 business model and sustainability experts from 30+ countries, nearly 100 presentations by scholars… Download the conference proceedings.

Watch the video

SustBusy Research Center Logo

In cooperation with 25 ESCP 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