Master's in Impact Entrepreneurship & Innovation

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Master's in Impact Entrepreneurship & Innovation

The Nova SBE Master's in Impact Entrepreneurship & Innovation is a practical learning experience with the right balance between theory and practice.

We nurture your human and professional skills so you can embrace your inner potential and leave your mark in the world.

We want you to stand out from the crowd with a hands-on approach and a real-world perspective, and a keen sense of contemporary and foundational issues, such as product innovation, entrepreneurship, globalization, sustainability, and digital business.

With the support and collaboration of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, in the context of the Nova SBE - Gulbenkian Chair for the Impact Economy, the program brings together the technical and personal competencies of management and innovation with an entrepreneurial journey for impact.

Week 1 (@ Nova SBE)

Nova SBE Discovery Week

First Semester (32 ECTS)

Mandatory Courses
Skill Modules
Career Development Program – Mastering Your Career
Mentoring Program
Entrepreneurial Journey

Second Semester (28 ECTS)

Mandatory Courses
Skill Modules
Entrepreneurial Journey              

Third Semester (30 ECTS)

Work Project

*Please note that this information may be subject to changes in the 2021/2022 academic year.

  • Applied Research Methods
  • Data Science and Innovation for Impact
  • Entrepreneurial Journey
  • Entrepreneurial Project
  • Entrepreneurship with Impact
  • Metrics that Matter
  • New Venture Management
  • Opportunity Identification

*Please note that this information may be subject to changes in the 2021/2022 academic year.

  • Applied entrepreneurship
  • Business Model Innovation
  • Business Models for Sustainability
  • Corporate Strategy and Transformation
  • Digital Marketing
  • Design thinking for social innovation
  • Entrepreneurial Finance and Venture Capital
  • Entrepreneurial Strategy
  • Global Energy Markets
  • Impact Investments
  • Leading Social Enterpresises with impact in intrenational Development
  • Leadership and Change Management
  • Network Analysis
  • Open Innovation
  • Performance and Progress
  • Product Design and Development
  • Science Based Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Strategy Implementation
  • Sustainable Finance
  • Sustainable International Business
  • System Change
  • Technology Strategy

*Please note that this information may be subject to changes in the 2022/2023 academic year.

Quantitative skills
Learning to analyze data.

Thinking about ethical challenges.

Corporate links/internationalization
Building knowledge about business environment and international careers.

Communication and creativity
Thinking outside the box and improving communications skills.

*Please note that this information may be subject to changes in the 2021/2022 academic year.

What's at the finish line?

The Work Project

Students must complete a Master’s Work Project, which is equivalent to a Master's Thesis, supervised by a professor. This project will be based on the students’ ideas to tackle grand challenges, either it’s their own social venture or an innovative solution to implement within an existing organization.

ECTS this, ECTS that

How does the grading system work?

Grading is based upon the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), a grading scale developed to better understand and compare the grades according to different national systems.


We did the math for you and the ECTS grading scale breaks down as follows:

38,5 ECTS
in Mandatory Courses
(Bridging courses not included)

17,5 ECTS
in Elective Courses (minimum)

in Professional Development Modules

3,5 ECTS
in Entrepreneurial Journey Modules

in the Work Project


90 ECTS in total to graduate

You need a minimum of 90 ECTS to complete your Master’s, but if you need 120 ECTS to proceed with your studies, you can extend your Master’s by one semester with courses (22,5 ECTS).

Ready to write new chapters of your story?

Ready to write new chapters of your story?

Attend one of our many Master’s Talks and learn all about this program, its Academic Director, the teams that can help you journey your way to Nova SBE and clarify any doubts you may have.