Executive Education

Advanced Certificates and Open-enrolment Programs

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Drive innovation and enhance entrepreneurial leadership

Innovation and entrepreneurship are essential drivers of growth and the main sources of value and wealth creation. They therefore need to be managed very carefully within organizations.

Quick facts

Level: Certified Program
Language: English 
Duration: 2 weeks 
Location: HEC Paris Campus Babson College


- Develop entrepreneurial leadership skills
- Foster a culture of innovation
- Interactive learning methods

Language: The program is taught in English.

Program locations: 

  • Paris, France (May), Boston, USA (October)
    European and American perspectives. Two intakes available.
    Academic partner: Babson College

Credits gained upon successful completion of this 2-module Advanced Certificate may be used towards the HEC Paris Executive MBA. The EMBA  Major in Entrepreneurship &  Innovation can be taken as a specialization within the HEC Executive MBA. The EMBA requires only 7 or 8 weeks out of the office during a 17-month period. More information in the Admission section.

Tuition fees:
14,585 € (2016)

Costs include all teaching fees, academic material, accommodation in both locations.
On free evenings, dinners will be at the expense of the participants.
Travel expenses to and from all modules are not included.
Academic fees are not subject to VAT.

Location: HEC Paris Campus Babson College

The Advanced Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation is aimed at executives seeking to develop new businesses and discover best practice for stimulating innovation.

The Advanced Certificate will enable you to:

  • Develop entrepreneurial energy and a culture of innovation in your company
  • Learn how to collaborate effectively with other players and specialists both inside and outside of your organization, and gain their support
  • Identify opportunities, build business plans and create value

The combination of case discussion and analysis, sharing experience, and team work, enable participants to develop a better understanding of the necessary conditions to develop and maintain new business. The program will also focus on the drivers for successful innovative offers, for both established firms and new ventures.

The program provides the necessary concepts and the tools to meet the needs of a wide range of sectors, such as manufacturing, service, telecom, media, and entertainment industries. It also explores the many different types of innovation - technological innovation, services, digital firms, business models, usage, and design.

Academic Director(s)

Sihem Jouini, HEC Paris Associate Professor of Operations Management & Information Technology

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“The Entrepreneurship & Innovation Major provides you with an exhilarating sense of exploration. It enables you to develop your existing skills while opening up new professional opportunities at...”

Fadi Nasser

Chief Alliances Officer, MEEZA Qatar Foundation

“The HEC Executive MBA has allowed me to engage in an intensive process of self-assessment to improve my performance as a senior executive”

Jamal Abdulrab Al Malki

Senior Manager for Projects, Lusail Real Estate Development Company, Subsidiary of Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company

“The Major gave us a valuable opportunity to meet executives from other EMBA tracks (Paris, Qatar and Russia). ”

Karim Jeribi

Client Director, HP Enterprise Services

“Academic Director, HEC EMBA, Entrepreneurship & Innovation Major”

Professor Sihem Jouini

Academic Director, HEC EMBA, Entrepreneurship & Innovation Major

“Shane Masters graduated from the HEC Paris EMBA Program in 2014 – he chose the modular track in English and the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Major. Since then, his career has moved forward sig...”

Shane Masters

Vice President at AGR Partners


“I highly appreciated the international dimension of the program as we experienced different cultures of Innovation through the modules in France and the US. This diversity in participants, teaching...”

Zeina Zakhour

Offering Manager, Atos

General Information

  • Open enrolment subject to our selection process.
  • The language of instruction is English. A professional level in English is required: TOEIC, TOEFL or IELTS (for applicants whose mother tongue is not English or candidates who do not hold a university degree from an English speaking institution).
  • 18 credits gained upon successful completion of this two module Advanced Certificate may be used towards the HEC Paris Executive MBA.
  • Holders of an Advanced Certificate will be able to deduct the full price of the Advanced Certificate if they are admitted to the HEC Paris EMBA.
  • Each Advanced Certificate has two 1-week modules fixed for May and October respectively, to be delivered in two different locations, one of which is outside of France.
  • Each module has a 5-day schedule, for a total of 10 days or 90 hours per Advanced Certificate.

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Contact us

Jean-Bernard Tison
+33 (0)1 39 67 75 44


2 weeks
Tuition fees:
14,585 € (2016)