International Master in Innovation and Entrepreneurship POLIMI Graduate School of Management

The International Master in Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IMIE) is a 12-month International Master programme offered by POLIMI Graduate School of Management, that provides students with the necessary skills for a managerial career in the entrepreneurial world, including leadership and decision-making, market development, sustainable and cost-effective management of innovation – as well as stimulating their personal development. The master also offers the possibility of getting a MSc in Entrepreneurship from WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management by attending an additional year at WHU.

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The International Master in Innovation & Entrepreneurship (IMIE)is designed for candidates who want to think and act as entrepreneurs and become innovative leaders. In fact, the emergence of new technologies and the broadening of global markets create continuous opportunities for new business development and challenge the established market positions.

The course is entirely taught in English and has a duration of 12 months, starting with a General Management foundation block, followed by core courses in Innovation & Entrepreneurship, and then electives in Digital Transformation. The final block engages students in a Project Work, where participants will have the opportunity to put into practice what they have learned over the previous months by further developing their business idea or doing an internship (non-mandatory) in companies or start-ups.

The course also allows students to interact with the company partners, in particular with Polihub – the Innovation Park & Startup Accelerator of Politecnico di Milano, ranked second in Europe and in the TOP 5 in the world by UBI Global.

The master also offers the possibility of obtaining an MSc in Entrepreneurship from WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management by attending an additional year at WHU.

Start date: October 2024
Format: Full-time
Duration: 12 months
Language: English
Location: POLIMI Graduate School of Management (Milan, Italy) + one additional year at WHU, Germany (optional)
Admission requirements: 3-year Bachelor's degree; English proficiency
Academic partner: WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management
Company partners: Amazon, BCG, IBM, Dassault Systemes, KPMG, pwc, Reply, Singular
Education partner: WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management


The competencies that the Master aims at developing in candidates:

  • Learn how to develop a new business idea from the concept design to the execution.
  • Learn to introduce and manage innovations in a cost-effective and sustainable way.
  • Identify new market and social opportunities for new and existing businesses.
  • Build your own personal network with managers, investors, designers, entrepreneurs, incubators, and consultants from different industries and countries.
  • Build managerial and organizational skills, and your capability to work in team.


Graduates of our previous editions are now working in leading companies such as:

Graduates of our previous editions are now working in leading sectors such as:

25% Tech and Digital
25% Consulting
18% Other
8% Retail
8% Manufacturing
8% eCommerce
8% Hospitals and Health Facilities

The programme has been designed to provide a unique mix of academics, bringing together professional and theoretical expertise in the field of innovation and entrepreneurship. Your path will be divided as follows:
General Management Courses
Core Courses — Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Pre-Incubation Lab & Investors’ Meetings

You will need to accomplish and present an academic or company-based project in the form of a short thesis or describe the project you have developed in partnership with one or more companies.

The Master will give you the opportunity to acquire and develop leadership and managerial skills through dedicated modules such as: Negotiation, Effective Communication, Leadership and Team Dynamics.

You will have the chance to try out a series of activities aimed at boosting your business networking opportunities, discovering the business world and enhancing your skills as a future professional.

During the second segment of the programme, you will also have the chance to take part in the ‘Practice Week’, an experiential week dedicated to corporate innovation and entrepreneurship to focus on how companies achieve these two aspects in their organisations.

Throughout your Master you will be able to access a range of services offered by the Politecnico di Milano Digital Innovation Observatories that aim to provide students and companies with an expert point of view on digital innovation through research, communication and continuous updating activities. Moreover, you will also be able to access a language platform to improve your knowledge of the Italian language.

Double-Degree option in Entrepreneurship
With this Master you also have the chance of getting an MSc in Entrepreneurship from WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management if you decide to attend an extra year at WHU.

  • International class
  • International faculty
  • Lessons in foreign language 100%
  • International study tours
  • International traineeship
  • Traineeship at international companies
  • Attendance of the master abroad
  • Issuance of foreign diploma and certifications
Criteria for assessing applications:
  • CV Screening
  • Motivation letter
  • References
  • Language test and/or interview
  • Motivational interview
Admission Requirements:
  • Bachelor
  • Equivalent qualification
  • Undergraduate
Contribution to selections: YES
Maximum number of students admitted: 30
Cost of the master: 20000 VAT free
  • Tutoring
  • Laboratories
  • Wifi access
  • Disability services
  • Canteen/Meal tickets
  • Sport activities
  • Cultural activities

  • Job posting
  • Book and/or database of graduates
  • Multimedia resources: links/e-books
  • Assessment tool (strenghts, weaknesses, attitude etc.)
  • CV sending
  • International opportunities
  • Companies presentations
  • Careerday
  • Careerday per area (finance, HR, etc.)
  • Support in CV writing
  • Identifying companies for traineeship
  • Orientation seminars
  • In-company training
  • Job hunting tecniques
  • Interview preparation
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