Did you know that approximately half of INSEAD graduates run their own companies at some point in their careers? Others join high growth ventures, lead entrepreneurial projects within corporations or focus on social ventures. So if you’re interested in these topics, INSEAD is a great place to be!

This article discusses the different options you have to explore entrepreneurship during an INSEAD Executive MBA (EMBA).

Entrepreneurship classes

There are many different ways to practice entrepreneurship, and the INSEAD Global Executive MBA (GEMBA) portfolio of Electives and Key Management Challenges are designed so you can match the courses to your objectives. Whether you are interested in starting a venture from scratch, corporate or social entrepreneurship, you will find a suitable set of courses that will give you the tools you need for a successful start.

Startup Bootcamp and INSEAD Venture Competition

Exploring Entrepreneurship During Your Executive MBA

The Rudolf and Valeria Maag INSEAD Centre for Entrepreneurship looks to promote entrepreneurial ambitions and activities within INSEAD. Two of their most popular offerings are the INSEAD Startup Bootcamp and the INSEAD Venture Competition (IVC).

Offered as a weekend workshop, the INSEAD Startup Bootcamp is an intensive and interactive training designed to test your appetite and jumpstart the adventure. Many business ventures started by INSEAD Alumni were originally formulated in the Bootcamp and further developed during the programme.

The IVC is a flagship event that must not be missed! Open to both MBA and EMBA participants, it is a dynamic, multi-stage competition where teams compete for cash prizes to support the development of their new ventures. IVC teams receive mentoring from successful alumni entrepreneurs along the way and pitch their ventures to seasoned investors. Created as a biannual event in 2000, the previous 33 competitions have produced many successful ventures, including BlaBlaCar and Prodigy Finance among others.

“Many business ventures started by INSEAD Alumni were originally formulated in the Bootcamp.”

Entrepreneurship ideas

INSEAD GEMBA participants come with a wealth of experience, knowledge and ambition, from all corners of the globe. There is a lot of networking involved with participants from your own section as well as the two others, a as well as Tsinghua-INSEAD Executive MBA (TIEMBA) class. You will meet many people who already have an entrepreneurial background or are interested to join forces.

Finally, there is LaunchPad, a hub specifically for the INSEAD community and designed to help students and alumni to connect to each other as well as to other entrepreneurs, business leaders, researchers, angel investors, venture capitalists and philanthropists.

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