Associate Professor of Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship University of Bologna Core Faculty
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Riccardo Fini is Associate Professor of Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship and the Coordinator of the PhD Program in Management at the University of Bologna (UniBo). He serves as Director of the Entrepreneurship Hub and of the Master in Entrepreneurship at BBS. Dr Fini holds a PhD in Management from UniBo. He’s Visiting Fellow at Imperial College London (ICL) and Nord Business School in Bodø. Before joining UniBo, he researched at Ecole des Mines Paris, Case Western Cleveland, University of Bozen and ICL. His research interests include entrepreneurship, science commercialization and impact. He is a two-time recipient of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowship (IEF 2010 and CIG 2012) and a one-time recipient of the IRI Fellowship (2008). His work is published in the Academy of Management Journal, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice (ET&P), Journal of Business Venturing (JBV), Journal of Management Studies (JMS), Organization Science, Research Policy and Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal. As principal investigator, he has been awarded €350.000 and invited to present his research in forty universities in Asia, Australia, Europe and Americas. He is serving as Associate Editor for the Journal of Technology Transfer, is on the Editorial Board of ET&P, JBV and JMS. His research was featured in Il Sole24Ore, Nature, Times Higher Education and The New York Times. During his studies he was an entrepreneur, and he serves on the advisory boards of several start-ups and small medium enterprises.


The course, whose nature is predominantly applicative, aims to develop a practical orientation towards entrepreneurship, providing the strategic and operational tools for the creation of new ventures and their subsequent development.

Lectures and readings provide an introduction to the topics to be covered in a business plan:

  • business idea evaluation
  • market and industry analysis
  • product/service and intellectual property protection
  • business model and operations
  • financials in the new venture creation process
  • engaging investors
  • art of pitching
Design, Fashion and Luxury Goods
Food and Wine
Supercars, Superbikes and Motorsports
AI and Manufacturing
Green Energy and Sustainable Businesses

This course provides a full overview of the strategic and operational planning tools of the business, through a guided illustration of the business plan, its contents, and the multiple purposes for which it may be usefully employed in both creating and developing a business.

  • Mindset entrepreneurial and Business Plan
  • Market and sector analysis
  • Workshop: tools for market and sector analysis
Business Plan