The first edition of the Master's in Impact Entrepreneurship & Innovation has officially begun. This pioneering management Master's program created by Nova School of Business & Economics (Nova SBE) and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation aims to answer some of the most pressing challenges of nowadays and the increasing demand for training in the impact ecosystem.
By starting the first Master's in Impact Entrepreneurship & Innovation in the 2021/22 academic year, Nova SBE and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation intend to contribute to the training of a new generation of highly qualified entrepreneurs to answer the economics, social, and environmental challenges the current world landscape faces.
The Master's is mainly aimed at entrepreneurs searching for a customized Master's program that helps them implement and develop their own impactful business idea. It was developed in partnership with the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, a pioneering institution in the entrepreneurship and impact innovation areas.
The program, which initially only anticipated 30 application spots, received a high number of applications that led to opening new vacancies, thus starting with 89 students from 17 nationalities (from countries such as Italy, Austria, Brazil, Sweden, Spain, Peru, The Netherlands, Chile, Ukraine, Venezuela, Norway, Mexico, Zimbabwe, and Luxembourg).
At the launching event, Pedro Oliveira, Academic Director of the Master's in Impact Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Nova SBE, referred that "(…) the world faces several economic, social, and environmental challenges that take on a lot of uncertainty. The new Master's in Impact Entrepreneurship & Innovation aims to promote the ability to innovate and entrepreneur by giving participants the necessary tools, attitude, and knowledge to be catalyzers of change and economic, environmental, and social prosperity. Our ambition is that our students are the authors and not just the spectators of that future".
In turn, Luís de Melo Jerónimo, Director of the Sustainable Development Program at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, reaffirmed the values that both parties share and, much like Pedro Oliveira, reinforced the importance of creating this Master's by stating that "(…) that's the role and the mission of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, to support this social change but first and foremost the leaders and the talent that is driving this change, so we are really happy to partner with Nova SBE for this Master's because we share this vision. We truly believe that tackling social and environmental challenges is one of the biggest economic opportunities of our time."
You can learn more about this new Master's program by checking its official page.