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HEC Paris unveils its first entrepreneurship barometer

26 March 2015

HEC Paris releases today the results of its first entrepreneurship barometer, a survey of a representative panel of 8,500 alumni from all HEC programs (Master in Management, MSc, MBA and Executive MBA). The survey compares the entrepreneurial drive of its most recent graduates, in comparison with those who left the school 10 years ago. 

The results of this survey confirm the boom in entrepreneurship on campus, as 25% of all HEC graduates are now entrepreneurs, up from 9% ten years ago.

The barometer reveals three main trends:

The desire to start a business is rapidly growing. Among HEC Master’s students, entrepreneurship is booming: almost 20% of them have started their own business, three times the national average in France. ·        

HEC entrepreneurs are value creators in France. 84% of businesses are founded in France, creating jobs and generating growth for the country.

The businesses started by HEC graduates from very diverse sectors have sound, sustainable business models, often benefiting from the support of Business Angels or venture capitalists. 

Entrepreneurship has always been one of the strategic priorities of HEC Paris. Throughout the years it has taken various forms: innovative teaching methods (with flagship programs such as HEC entrepreneurs and Challenge+), research, support and coaching, awareness campaigns on campus, facilities such as the HEC Incubator or the e-Lab, etc.


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About HEC Paris:

Specializing in management education and research, HEC Paris offers a complete and unique range of educational programs for the leaders of tomorrow: Masters programs, MBA, PhD, Executive MBA, TRIUM Global Executive MBA, and open-enrolment and custom executive education programs.

Founded in 1881 by the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry, HEC Paris is a founding member of ParisTech and Université Paris-Saclay. It boasts a permanent faculty of 105 professors, more than 4,000 students and over 8,500 managers and executives in training each year. 


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