A pact with oneself

The Executive Master in Entrepreneurship aims to train and inspire a new generation of entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs. Developed with a course designed specifically for the participants, the Master is focused on the entrepreneurial project of the individual entrepreneur, developing a personalized study plan. The course’s teachings have a direct use and evident impacts on the business.

From the knowledge of the markets, to the construction of a network of solid relationships, every aspect of the course is aimed at creating a modern entrepreneur, equipped with frontier skills of which an international reality such as Bologna Business School can provide it. By attending classes, it will also be possible to share with other entrepreneurs and businesswomen the challenges, doubts and satisfactions of a life choice that perhaps not everyone can understand.

The Executive Master in Entrepreneurship combines the formation of a business school with the impact of an accelerator of ideas. The whole path is focused on the business project presented by each participant. A business plan will then be developed, which will have to pass the scrutiny of a commission, and tools will be provided to verify the scalability of the idea and the contacts with partner companies and investors. Therefore, during the Master, the business project will grow together with the competences of the participant.

The Master will take students, over the months, to address three fundamental lessons: Administration and Control, Corporate Finance, Strategy. These are accompanied by a path of Digital Startup and Business Coaching & Mentoring.

Two optional courses complete the program, with a choice that allows you to customize the training plan and that is shared with the Directorate of the Master, to ensure each participant the best answer to their needs. The path will end with the presentation of the business plan to a panel of investors, managers and entrepreneurs.

A business thrives or fails based on the tenacity of those managing it: this course doesn’t teach tenacity, but it provides all tools to harvest the best results. Book an interview with the course’s Director so you can start too.


PerTe Prestito Con Lode”, a long-term and low-interest honor loan, with no collateral required to cover the full amount of the tuition fee.

Alessandro Bonfiglioli

Alessandro Bonfiglioli

Scientific Director

" The Master in Entrepreneurship allows you to combine professional commitments with higher education; a mix of theory and entrepreneurial practice designed around your project. "

Alessandro Bonfiglioli

Riccardo Fini

Scientific Director

" The Master in Entrepreneurship trains entrepreneurs who know how to create and grow successful businesses. There are three elements that best characterize the initial path of the entrepreneur: a motivation to create an enterprise, possession of novel and distinctive skills and access to the networks. This Master allows you to strengthen all three of these aspects. If you desire to create a business and make it grow, this is your chance. "


Monica Zambelli

Sales Director - Zambelli
Master in Entrepreneurship/ New Business Creation (ed. 2014/2015)

"With this Master, I found the most comprehensive solution I had been looking for in a long time, in order to offer my professional life a turning point. I have definitely acquired new tools to work with that gave me the chance to discover in myself new and great potentials for today's and tomorrow's challenges, which I wasn't aware of possessing. Besides the great professionalism and acumen of the faculty, the enthusiasm and passion they conveyed then made the difference, so to complete the baggage of resources that are necessary to create these new mental mechanisms that allow for the success of new entities and the achievement of personal and group success."

Francesca Lovato

Founder - Oltrecafé
Master in Entrepreneurship/ New Business Creation (ed. 2014/2015)

"Taking the decision of establishing a business is no small thing. The idea, without experience or means, isn't enough: this is the reason why I decided to attend the Entrepreneurship Master's course at Bologna Business School. I did it to exchange experiences and views with those that on a daily basis work in order to improve the performances of several, excellent Italian and foreign businesses. The saying goes that one learns from those you mix with and I wanted to surround myself with the best, to grow and learn. Here there are success stories, professionalism, exchange: the personal commitment is the last ingredient of this recipe to recognise and use at best the opportunities that come up during the journey. Occasions do come up, our task is to prepare ourselves in the best possible way to grasp them."

Riccardo Toschi

Marketing Manager - Sound Corporation
Master in Entrepreneurship (ed. 2013/2014)

"The School was very open and the structure of the Master's was such that these elements contributed greatly to spur my entrepreneurial project. In addition to this, my colleagues at the Food&Wine course gave a tangible help in setting up Gusto Parmigiano, an Emilia-based risto-shop that has the ambition of bringing Emilia food and wine excellences to the most important cities in the world."

Zeno Pasquini

CEO Studio Pasquini - Industrial Design Studio
Master in Entrepreneurship (ed. 2013/2014)

"This Master has been a great opportunity for me to complete my training and at the same time to advance and better define my entrepreneurial project.
From the point of view of the training, best of all was having a flexible schedule that was adapted to my needs, from the point of view of the business project; the academic business coaching allowed me to make a great leap forward, to move from the world of ideas to that of business much more rapidly and effectively than I would have done if had I been on my own."


Networking is developed between students of the same class, between participants and lecturers, as well as with students from other courses or previous editions of the very same master.
The master will furthermore make you meet other young entrepreneurs at an international level.


This program was born thanks to the collaboration between Bologna Business School and the Confindustria Emilia-Romagna system. This allowed to deal with different themes of various entrepreneurial contexts, focusing on needs and expectations towards this educational program.


Maurizio Marchesini

Confindustria Emilia-Romagna’s President
“We are facing a structural change that requires a strong capacity of adaptation; it’s fundamental to develop and innovate our own managerial skills.”



Over the years, our partners have been continuously involved in various activities that make up the structure of our programs. Companies belonging to our network participate in project work and master classes; they contribute actively in introducing guest speakers and organizing company visits. Our partners are our first supporters: sponsoring various scholarships, hosting internships for students, and providing career opportunities for graduates.

Admenta Aeffe Aemilia Hotel Aeroporto G. Marconi Aforisma AGGF Diego Dalla Palma Alce Nero Mielizia Alfa Wassermann Allestimenti Srl Altograf Altro Mercato Ancora Servizi Antica Corte Pallavicina Apt Emilia Romagna Arper Arredoluce Automobili Lamborghini Avanzi Holding Azienda Vinicola Rivera Bahlsen Banca Di Bologna Banca Popolare dell'Emilia Romagna BAXTER Bellco s.r.l. Berluti BolognaFiere Bonatti Bonfiglioli Riduttori Borbonese B&T Buffetti Butos Horeca B.V.M. - Les Copains Cadiai Camera di Commercio di Sidney Camst Cantina Feudi di San Gregorio Caregiving Cassa di Risparmio di Bologna Cateringross Caviro Cefla Centro Hercolani Ceramica Sant'Agostino Ceramiche Gardenia Orchidea Champion Europe S.p.A. Chloride Chloride SPA Cineteca di Bologna Cinius Cipriani Abbigliamento Cir Food Cisa CMC CNA Comer Industries Conad Confindustria Emilia Romagna Conserve Italia Consorzio Parmigiano Reggiano Coop Adriatica Coop Centrale Adriatica Coop Ceramica Imola Coop Estense Credem Credito Emiliano Crif Cucina Srl Datalogic D&C Deloitte Diennea Dorelan Ducati Motor Holding Ebc Consulting EGS Solution Ente Fiere di Parma Ernst & Young Ervet E-Stat Eurocomm Eurovo Fashion Lab Fastweb Fater Felsinea Ristorazione Ferrara Food Ferrari Ferretti Group Ferrovie Emilia Romagna - Gruppo TPER Fincantieri Florim Ceramiche Flyer Fmr Artè Fondazione Aldini Valeriani Fratelli Branca International Freelands Network Srl Fruitecom Furla Gabs Ga.Ma Game 7 Athletics Ga Operation G.D GDH General Electric Geocom GE Oil & Gas Gesa Finance Ghepi Gi Group Gmpr Group Granarolo Graphic Store Groupm Gruppo Cinti Gruppo Coin Oviesse Gruppo Hera Gruppo IMA Gruppo Industriale Tosoni Gruppo La Perla Gruppo Max Mara Gruppo Monrif Gruppo Montenegro Gruppo Trevi Guaber Gucci H3G Havaianas Haworth Hays Hoel Consulting Iconsulting I.G.D. I Guzzini Illuminazione Ikea Infoarea Info Manager Interfashion Intermedia Intertaba Iren Gruppo Istituto Giordano Jackpot Staff Jeckerson Johnson & Johnson Medical Kemon Kirey Srl Kpmg Laboratorio Delle Idee La Compagnia della Bellezza Landi Renzo La Rinascente Leroy Merlin Limoni Link Liu Jo Lobby Bros Loro Piana Macron Magneti Marelli Mandarina Duck Manutencoop Marco Polo Maserati Mazars & Guerard Mcs Mec3 Mikado Film Mollusco & Balena Monnalisa Mortara Rangoni Mtv Italia Nike Italy Nimax Noemalife Nomisma Octagona Oikos Otis Group Page Personnel Panda Pdfor Consulenza Direzionale Photosì Piquadro Praxi Promotor International Pwc Radiant Rcs Media Group Regenesi Regione Emilia Romagna Renée Blanche Ria & Partners S&A Change Saeco International Group Samia Scm Group S.E.C.I. Gruppo Maccaferri Sergio Rossi Sida Group Sigaro Toscano Sigma Societa' Italiana Vini Starwood Hotel Technogym Teikos Consulting Terme Di Salsomaggiore Tetra Pack The Colomer Group Tonino Lamborghini Twinergy Umberto Cesari Vini UniCredit UniCredit Group Unigrà Unipol Unique Italia Valsoia Vicini Zanotti Yoox

Management Committee

To ensure effective planning, coordination and supervision of the Master in Entrepreneurship, a Management Committee was created, which is made up of business executives, entrepreneurs and investors.

The Management Committee of the Master in Entrepreneurship consists of:

• Francesco Amante President, Finalma
• Antonello Carlucci Partner, Digital Magics
• Leda Bologni Technologic Projects and Platforms, Aster
• Giuseppe Conti Director, TTO Unibo
• Laura De Benedetto Founding Member, MakeTank – Associazione ToscanaIN
• Tiziana Ferrari Director, Unindustria Bologna and member of CdA AlmaCube
• Federico Ferrini AD & Sales Manager, Techfem – “And if it worked?”
• Ruggero Frezza Founder, M31
• Giuseppe Iacobelli Managing Director, JesiCube
• Matteo Lepore Deputy Mayor, Bologna Municipality
• Mariacarla Maccaferri Manager, Maccaferri Group
• Fernando Napolitano President & CEO, Italian Business & Investment Initiative
• Alberto Onetti President, Mind the Bridge Foundation
• Paola Perini Manager, INNOVAMI
• Antonio Puglisi CEO, Digital Paths srl
• Nicola Redi Chief Investment & Technology Officer, TTVenture-Seedlab
• Sara Roversi Co-founder, YouCan Group
• Cristiano Seganfreddo General Director, Associazione Progetto Marzotto
• Giovanna Trombetti Direttore del Settore Sviluppo Economico, Provincia di Bologna


The master is also overseen by the Scientific Council:

  •  Giuseppe Cappiello University of Bologna
  •  Riccardo Fini University of Bologna - Imperial College London
  •  Simone Ferriani University of Bologna - Cass Business School London
  •  Antonio Paco Giuliani University of Illinois Chicago
  •  Rosa Grimaldi University of Bologna
  •  Andrea Lipparini University of Bologna
  •  Maurizio Sobrero University of Bologna
  • Laura Toschi, University of Bologna

International Week


The master in Entrepreneurship has a duration of 10 months, with a formula that can be modulated according to the needs of the participant.
The program includes 3 compulsory basic courses, which are held at the beginning of the master’s program; 1 path of digital startup aimed at providing knowledge on the ideation of innovative projects and their financial evaluation; 2 optional courses that the participant can choose from within the School’s educational offer based on the interests of their business.
At the end of the Master the participants will discuss in front of the Management Committee the business plan and the feasibility of their business idea or the proposal of an innovative business model for their company.

Basic skills for entrepreneurs. These are compulsory courses that the participant can choose from within the School’s educational offer by agreeing on the choice with the Scientific Direction of the Master: Administration and Control, Corporate Finance, Strategy.

A course divided into six days of lessons in which you will acquire skills to create innovative projects and make them attractive to high-level decision makers or external investors. Issues addressed include Open Innovation, Project Management for Scale Up, Leadership and HR Management, Business Methods and Management Control, Digital and Innovation Marketing, Evaluation, Investment and Scale Up Methods.

The specific choices of the participant suited to his business idea. These are two courses to be agreed with the Scientific Direction that the participant can choose from within the educational offer of the School based on their own business project and their own needs.

Support for future entrepreneurs with individual meetings to identify opportunities and implement a successful strategy.


The transition from the planning stage to the implementation stage is characterized by a high level of criticality. Business coaching from scholars, entrepreneurs and managers are therefore essential, both in helping aspiring entrepreneurs to identify opportunities and threats and in implementing a successful strategy.

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.

A course divided into six days of lessons in which you will acquire skills to create innovative projects and make them attractive to high-level decision makers or external investors. Issues addressed include Open Innovation, Project Management for Scale Up, Leadership and HR Management, Business Methods and Management Control, Digital and Innovation Marketing, Evaluation, Investment and Scale Up Methods.

Learning method

The Master in Entrepreneurship provides different teaching methods: classroom lectures, studies on the online platform, and for part-time courses; targeted tutoring by commenting on ongoing activities, responses to requested clarifications and in-depth analysis on relevant topics.
Master Lectures complement the academic path, which are held by professionals from the world of business, academia and politics, as well as numerous opportunities for discussion and interaction with the business world through the study of case histories.








The tuition fee for the Master is:

  •  16,200 euros (+ VAT) for enrollments from companies and institutions
  • 13,200 euros (+ VAT)  for individual enrollments

Special rates for early bird registrations. For further information entrepreneurship@bbs.unibo.it



Thanks to an agreement between Bologna Business School and Intesa Sanpaolo, Master participants can receive the honor loan “PerTe Prestito Con Lode” without guarantees and at a special rate.

To summarize:

  • Loan amount equal to the enrollment fee
  • Special rate
  • No guarantees
  • Payable in 10 years
  • Without early closing fees


Candidates must possess a University degree or a secondary school diploma together with work experience. Candidates must have an entrepreneurial idea (New Business Creation track).


The selection process will be carried out by a commission by means of analysis of the Curriculum Vitae and an individual interview, performed in order to outline the professional profile of the candidate and its coherency with participation in the master.

e-mail: entrepreneurship@bbs.unibo.it
fax: +39 051 2090112

Candidates will be contacted in order to schedule the selection interview with the Director of the Master.


The participant may choose to take some courses full time and some others part time, in agreement with the Program Manager of the master.
The participant may choose a part of the academic platform the educational offer of the School
The selection interview is necessary but not binding. If necessary, a second meeting can be held to provide further clarification.


Faculty members at Bologna Business School work together offering outstanding teaching standards. An international and interdisciplinary approach is guaranteed by a joint team of distinguished national core professors, adjunct, visiting professors, guest speakers and top managers.


Elisa Lorenzi
Elisa LorenziHead of Executive Masters

Phone: +39 051 2090129

Email: entrepreneurship@bbs.unibo.it

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