Executive Master
Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurial Leadership
Where ideas meet action

The Executive Master in Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurial Leadership (EMDIEL) at ESCP is a part-time programme with 5 modules around the globe.

With this international, experiential programme, you set out to sharpen your entrepreneurial mindset, and equip yourself with leadership skills to effectively manage transformational projects in your organisation, grow a new business unit, or move towards creating your own venture.

Innovative and transformative


Develop your hard & soft skills for your own entrepreneurial or intrapreneurial journey during an immersive, hands-on programme.

Connected


Become part of the ESCP ecosystem. As one of Europe’s top Business Schools you get access to a wide network of startups, corporations, venture capital firms, and ESCP’s accelerator: The Blue Factory.

4 locations


Dive into entrepreneurial ecosystems in Berlin, Shanghai, London and San Francisco.

3 core modules, 2 immersion weeks


Start, drive and scale your project or process, while enhancing your intercultural competence.

What you will take home from the EMDIEL

Led by distinguished academics and industry specialists worldwide, the EMDIEL combines ESCP's academic excellence, global network, and a hands-on approach that can be applied immediately to any current project.

Hard skills & project development

  • Fundamentals of UX Design & Design Thinking
  • Effectuation
  • Business modelling & prototyping
  • Startup fundraising
  • Innovation and transformation management
  • Designing entrepreneurial organisations

Soft skills & personal development

  • Understanding yourself as an entrepreneurial being
  • Self-leadership
  • Managing uncertainty
  • Communicating change and transformation
  • Leading teams & organisations
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) and ethics

What our graduates say

I think the output we delivered every day was amazing. Even after six years consulting experience, focusing on digitalization, I was amazed by the amount of insights and learnings that I took away with me each day in this Master.”

Florian Mock
Associate Partner Porsche Consulting

The programme helps innovation managers like me to work more as an entrepreneur in their company and to become faster in their projects. Getting to know the latest tools and methods, the EMDIEL prepares you systematically for being an entrepreneur.”

Victor Thoma
Head of Process Mining at ERGO Group

"A perfect blend of theory and practice with expert professors in their respective field. Each module was thoughtfully organized for maximum benefit, and networking events allowed us to connect with alumni and influential figures from tech ecosystems.”

Hind Nadji
Finance Manager, Finance Digital Transformation

For more information download the brochure

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Blue Factory

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The Jean-Baptiste Say Institute for Entrepreneurship developed the Executive Master of Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurial Leadership. Together with a network of experts, we created an agile and inspiring learning environment that allows participants to develop entrepreneurial leadership capabilities and to shape digital innovation opportunities.

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Executive Master
Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurial Leadership
Curriculum

5 modules, 4 locations

The programme consists of 5 modules taking place in Berlin, Shanghai, London and San Francisco, as well as an online project mentoring stream and an online research stream.

You can finish the programme after 15 months with a certificate, or continue on for another 3 months to add module 6 “Research methods”, write your thesis, and finish with the degree “Master of Science”.

5 International Modules

Berlin - London - Shanghai - San Francisco

In 5 modules, you will immerse yourself in projects, workshops and company visits around the world that will sharpen your entrepreneurial acumen, enhance your leadership skills, and present you with tools to initiate or drive (digital) innovation, sustainable transformation and to capitalize on opportunities.

Module 1: Berlin  Starting your entrepreneurial process
August / September

Your journey starts with our entrepreneurship week in Berlin. This week is all about you, your ideas and your opportunities.

Course highlights

  • Entrepreneurial methods
  • Fundamentals of UX Design
  • Effectuation
  • Design Thinking

The first module of the EMDIEL was a transformative experience that extended far beyond the confines of the classroom. The course not only acquainted us with the fundamentals of digital innovation but also offered us hands-on exposure to design thinking and art thinking. This module ignited a flame of creativity and ideation within our entrepreneurial journey.”

Zoran Ranogajec
Key Account Manager at KING ICT

Module 2: Shanghai  Choosing your playground
October / November

In our Shanghai module, you will dive into one of the fastest-growing, most digitised startup scenes in the world, experiencing the cultural impact on decision-making, networking, and negotiating.

Course highlights

  • Entrepreneurial ecosystems
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship in China

The EMDIEL opened my eyes when it comes to ecosystems. It made me understand how each business, founder and stakeholder has to acknowledge existing dynamics within these ecosystems to leverage them into long-term success.”

Johann Rottmann
Venture Capital at SCALEHOUSE

Module 3: Berlin / London  Driving your entrepreneurial process
February

Starting with project management essentials, you will sharpen your entrepreneurial process, and learn how to move from idea to product.

Course highlights

  • Business Modelling
  • Prototyping, experimenting and testing
  • Growth paths and scaling

The programme helps innovation managers like me to work more as an entrepreneur in their company and to become faster in their projects.
Getting to know the latest tools and methods, the EMDIEL prepares oneself systematically for being an entrepreneur
.”

Victor Thoma
Head of Process Mining at ERGO Group

Module 4: San Francisco  Preparing for launch and growth
June

A focus on corporate innovation and financing business ventures will lead you through sessions on growth-strategy, startup fundraising and strategies to enter incubators or accelerators.

Course highlights

  • Deep-dive into the Bay Area startup ecosystem
  • Corporate innovation
  • Entering incubators / accelerators
  • Fundraising and pitching

It was an amazing opportunity to meet with so many high-profile VCs and entrepreneurs. Those people have already pushed some boundaries and to learn from them first hand was a unique chance to enhance yourself.”

Lennart Paul
Co-Founder & CEO at bex technologies GmbH

Module 5: Berlin  Advancing entrepreneurial leadership
August / September

On your path to designing entrepreneurial organisations and mastering entrepreneurial leadership, you will learn how to think big, create branding strategies, and lead with values.

Course highlights

  • Entrepreneurial leadership
  • Designing entrepreneurial organisations
  • Ethics & Artificial Intelligence

Offering a structured approach to understand my entrepreneurial strengths and areas for development through targeted questions, I learnt a lot about myself. It has equipped me with invaluable tools and perspectives for my professional journey.”

Sheelah Chu
Digital Marketing Consultant

For more information download the brochure

ESCP students in a classroom

Certificate Programme
Corporate Innovation & Venture Building

September 19 - 20

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Blue Factory

Blue Factory - ESCPBlue Factory ESCP guides entrepreneurs, students and graduates from the initial idea to the international development of their projects. Discover our three programmes: Start, Seed and Scale that are made for every step of the entrepreneurial journey.

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Jean-Baptiste SAY Institute Logo

The Jean-Baptiste Say Institute for Entrepreneurship developed the Executive Master of Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurial Leadership. Together with a network of experts, we created an agile and inspiring learning environment that allows participants to develop entrepreneurial leadership capabilities and to shape digital innovation opportunities.

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Executive Master
Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurial Leadership
Profiles

What will your community look like?

Your peers are an integral part of your learning experience at ESCP. As a participant in the Executive Master in Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurial Leadership, you will share your journey with a diverse group of professionals. We select participants from a variety of cultural and industry backgrounds, and with different career trajectories: from entrepreneurs to startup employees and corporate intrapreneurs. Through this mix, we ensure a rewarding environment with many different perspectives.

6
Average number of nationalities
33
Average age
8
Average years of work experience

EMDIEL Alumni

When you join the EMDIEL programme, you become part and a very diverse group of alumni - some working for large corporations or venture capital firms, others managing their own businesses - as well as the extensive ESCP network of startups, accelerators, incubators, and the ESCP Blue Factory.

Meet the Alumni

Sebastian Daus - Executive Master in Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurial Leadership Alumnus (Class of 2019) - ESCP Business School

Sebastian Daus, class of 2020, is the co-founder and CEO of software company FixFirst. Find out in our interview how he went from a corporate career to the EMDIEL, and gained the mindset and skills to start his first entrepreneurial venture.

Meet Sebastian

Ümit Eroglu - Executive Master in Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurial Leadership Alumnus (Class of 2019) - ESCP Business School

Ümit Eroglu, class of 2020, is working as Head of Growth at VisioLab and he agreed to an interview with us to shed some light on his experience at ESCP and how it helped him pursue a professional path that truly fulfils him.

Meet Ümit

Jo Ann Lim - Executive Master in Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurial Leadership Alumnus (Class of 2019) - ESCP Business School

Jo Ann Lim, class of 2019, is an Enterprise Client Partner with Meta and advises businesses on leveraging virtual and mixed reality technologies to drive corporate efficiencies, and transform operations. Learn in our interview how the EMDIEL has helped her get to this point in her career.

Meet Jo Ann

Lennart Paul - Executive Master in Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurial Leadership Alumnus (Class of 2019) - ESCP Business School

Lennart A. Paul, class of 2017, is the co-founder and CEO of BEX technologies GmbH. He agreed to an interview with us to discuss topics from and aspects of his study experience that really stuck with him, especially coming into the programme with a corporate and consultancy background.

Meet Lennart

Testimonials

The EMDIEL course will be one of the most interesting and amazing experiences that you will encounter. You will learn a lot about yourself, and you will be amazed by how far you can go. Keep pushing yourself and you will succeed.”

Jo Ann Lim
Enterprise Partnerships & Sales

The lectures reinforced my decision to break into venture capital myself. One year after graduation, the network is still active and leads to a lot of value-creation.”

Johann Rottmann
Venture Capital at SCALEHOUSE

The EMDIEL provided an immersive exploration of international entrepreneurship strategies and the intricacies of conducting business on different continents. The first-hand exposure to local business culture was particularly eye-opening, broadening entrepreneurial horizons on a global scale.”

Zoran Ranogajec
Key Account Manager at KING ICT

Diverse company visits and meeting entrepreneurs from various backgrounds were particularly enriching. These personal encounters offered different perspectives that broadened my understanding of entrepreneurial approaches and strategies. The experience was an eye-opening journey into the complexities, challenges and opportunities of the entrepreneurial world.”

Sheelah Chu
Digital Marketing Consultant

Influential Network

As part of the ESCP Alumni, you’ll enjoy access to a truly global network of contacts: over 75,000 business leaders in more than 200 countries. The ESCP Alumni Association offers fun and exciting opportunities to plug into this international network via the national alumni associations, and organizes a range of events and regular reunions across the world.

For more information download the brochure

ESCP students in a classroom

Certificate Programme
Corporate Innovation & Venture Building

September 19 - 20

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Blue Factory

Blue Factory - ESCPBlue Factory ESCP guides entrepreneurs, students and graduates from the initial idea to the international development of their projects. Discover our three programmes: Start, Seed and Scale that are made for every step of the entrepreneurial journey.

Know more

Jean-Baptiste SAY Institute Logo

The Jean-Baptiste Say Institute for Entrepreneurship developed the Executive Master of Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurial Leadership. Together with a network of experts, we created an agile and inspiring learning environment that allows participants to develop entrepreneurial leadership capabilities and to shape digital innovation opportunities.

Know more

Executive Master
Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurial Leadership
Application

This Executive Master Programme welcomes participants from diverse educational backgrounds and has the following admission criteria:

  • Graduate degree (Bachelor or higher)
  • Business administration knowledge recommended
  • At least 3 years of professional work experience (internships excluded)
  • Proficiency in English

Application Procedure

Our application and admission procedure has three steps.

  1. Online Submission
    You’ll need the following documents:
  2. Interview
    Candidates whose application has been successful will be invited to attend the second stage of the process, a personal interview with members of the Admission Committee made up of ESCP academics and selected experts in the field of digital innovation and entrepreneurship.
  3. Final Decision
    The Admission Committee conducts a full review of your application and reaches a final decision. All eligible candidates will receive a letter of acceptance within 2 weeks after the interview.

For more information download the brochure

ESCP students in a classroom

Certificate Programme
Corporate Innovation & Venture Building

September 19 - 20

Learn more

Blue Factory

Blue Factory - ESCPBlue Factory ESCP guides entrepreneurs, students and graduates from the initial idea to the international development of their projects. Discover our three programmes: Start, Seed and Scale that are made for every step of the entrepreneurial journey.

Know more

Jean-Baptiste SAY Institute Logo

The Jean-Baptiste Say Institute for Entrepreneurship developed the Executive Master of Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurial Leadership. Together with a network of experts, we created an agile and inspiring learning environment that allows participants to develop entrepreneurial leadership capabilities and to shape digital innovation opportunities.

Know more

Executive Master
Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurial Leadership
Fees & Financing

Tuition Fees

The fees for the certificate are €28,800, the fees for the Master of Science are €32,800.
Tuition fees are set for the 2024/25 academic year. This covers accomodation in Shanghai and San Francisco, social and networking events included in the programme schedule. Download our brochure for fees for the Certificate or MSc.

Scholarships & financing options

Scholarships are offered to admitted students on a case-by-case basis. For further information regarding eligibility and conditions, including other financing options, please get in touch with the Programme Manager / Admissions Manager.

For more information download the brochure

ESCP students in a classroom

Certificate Programme
Corporate Innovation & Venture Building

September 19 - 20

Learn more

Blue Factory

Blue Factory - ESCPBlue Factory ESCP guides entrepreneurs, students and graduates from the initial idea to the international development of their projects. Discover our three programmes: Start, Seed and Scale that are made for every step of the entrepreneurial journey.

Know more

Jean-Baptiste SAY Institute Logo

The Jean-Baptiste Say Institute for Entrepreneurship developed the Executive Master of Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurial Leadership. Together with a network of experts, we created an agile and inspiring learning environment that allows participants to develop entrepreneurial leadership capabilities and to shape digital innovation opportunities.

Know more

Executive Master
Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurial Leadership
Get in Touch

Are you thinking about applying to ESCP’s EMDIEL and would like further information about the programme? Reach out to us!

Campus Visits

It's important to get a good feel for the right programme for you. If you live in or happen to be travelling to Berlin, we offer personalised visits to our Berlin Campus. Please reserve a time here or reach out to amasse@escp.eu  for more information.

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ESCP students in a classroom

Certificate Programme
Corporate Innovation & Venture Building

September 19 - 20

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Blue Factory

Blue Factory - ESCPBlue Factory ESCP guides entrepreneurs, students and graduates from the initial idea to the international development of their projects. Discover our three programmes: Start, Seed and Scale that are made for every step of the entrepreneurial journey.

Know more

Jean-Baptiste SAY Institute Logo

The Jean-Baptiste Say Institute for Entrepreneurship developed the Executive Master of Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurial Leadership. Together with a network of experts, we created an agile and inspiring learning environment that allows participants to develop entrepreneurial leadership capabilities and to shape digital innovation opportunities.

Know more

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