MSc X-HEC Entrepreneurs
Alongside six seminars, this first part of the program is structured around three missions: ‘Start-Up’, followed by either ‘Scale Up’ or ‘Recovery’ (please note the latter is taught only in French). You will master the key approaches to entrepreneurship through the practice-based classes taught for each, whilst receiving expert advice and mentoring in order to help you define your start-up project.
Students will finish refining the ideas for their start-up and build their teams in the Jura Mountain during the first week of January. For the next three months, each team will work on their project in Paris or overseas, either in the US as part of an exchange program called ‘Learn 2 Launch’ at UC Berkeley, or in Asia. Aside from immersing yourself in campus life, you will get to attend classes and receive mentorship from professors who will help you develop your start-up project and discover a new entrepreneurial environment. Following this three-month stint, you will embark on a study trip to Hong Kong and Shenzhen in China, followed by a trip to the Silicon Valley, where you will meet the founders of various Chinese and Californian start-ups and gain a clearer vision of your own entrepreneurial projects.
For this part of the program, you will choose:
- Either to pursue your personal project started during Phase 2 (‘Test’), for which you will receive mentoring and bespoke coaching;
- Or to discard the project begun during Phase 2 (‘Test’) and instead assume the position of ‘entrepreneur in residence’ in an incubator at Station F, the biggest start-up campus in the world, where you will help develop different start-ups.
This third part of the program also includes classes and workshops that provide entrepreneurial training:
- You will acquire essential soft skills such as decision-making, public speaking, management, recruitment.
- You will learn about different hard skills and specific knowledge in particular fields: legal, financial, sales, negotiation.
At the end of the academic year, you will attend a leadership seminar at the École Navale (the French Naval Academy) in Brittany.
For the final part of the master's program, you are expected:
- To launch your own company or complete a 4 to 6 month internship as the right-hand man or woman of the host company executive;
- To write an academic research piece in the form of a book or a scientific article.
When you apply, you will choose between two tracks: Deep Tech and High Touch. While all students are on the same program, this selection defines the focus of your year.
The Deep Tech track is geared towards projects anchored in technology and science, for example leveraging Artificial Intelligence, robotics and blockchain in areas such as health and aerospace.
During the Learn phase (see above), Deep Tech students will take part in scientific courses. These courses are split into levels to provide an adapted learning experience to both those with a scientific background and those without. Deep Tech students will automatically take part in the Scale Up mission.
During the second semester (Test phase), students have the opportunity to develop their project at Berkeley*. Generally speaking, Deep Tech students are more exposed to the world of scientific research, always within an entrepreneurial context.
The High Touch Track is suited to projects focused on market innovation, such as digital platforms like Uber or Airbnb, or innovative concepts in business and hospitality.
High Touch students therefore have access to retail, hospitality and digital courses during the first semester (Learn phase). They will also participate in the Recovery mission.
Students also have the opportunity to develop their project in Shenzhen during the Test phase*.
* Students from both tracks can also choose to pursue their project in Paris at the Start Up Launchpad.
The MSc program includes:
- Compulsory classes: Accounting, Crisis Management, Digital Entrepreneurship…
- Electives: Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Retail…
- Soft skills seminars: Negotiation, Leadership, Recruitment…
- Real-life missions: start-up mission, scale-up mission, recovery mission…
- an internship, or master’s thesis, or company launch