A pact with oneself

Executive Master in Entrepreneurship

The aim of the Entrepreneurship Executive Master’s course is to train and inspire a new generation of entrepreneurs. It features two parallel tracks and it is meant for those who are about to launch their own business, as well as for those who need to manage it and for those who’d like to see it thriving.

The two tracks share an organization based on entrepreneurs’ needs and schedules. The course topics can be implemented right away and have a direct impact on the business. 

From the knowledge of markets, to the setting up of a network of sound relationships, every aspect of the course is aimed at shaping a modern entrepreneur, having the ‘border skills’ that an international institution like Bologna Business School can provide. Attending classes will also offer the chance to share with other entrepreneurs the challenges, doubts and rewards of a life choice that perhaps not everybody can understand and share.

The New Business Creation track combines the training of a business school with the impact of an idea accelerator. The entire track revolves around the business project each participant presents. Then a business plan will be developed, which shall have to pass the screening of a panel, and the tools to assess the scalabilty of the idea besides the contacts with partner companies and investors will be provided. Thus, during the Master’s, the business project will grow in parallel with participant’s skills.

The Second Generation Entrepreneur track is for those who aren’t just interested in inheriting a company, but they would like to see it grow. With an eye to tradition and a marked orientation towards the future, the Master’s will make the handing over from one generation of entrepreneurs to the following easier, allowing participants to find value in both continuity and change. Those who will attend this Master’s not only will acquire business tools, but also develop the awareness of their role for the future of the company. The founding pillars of this track are: opening up to the future, thanks to new contacts with businesses and entrepreneurs, and the ability to strengthen the international network of relationships, so much in need for today’s businesses. 

The Master’s will bring students, over a ten month period, to deal with three main topics:

Administration and Control, corporate finance, Strategy. Plus three more specialized courses: for all participants Business Plan & Model and Business Coaching, besides How to Create a Start-up or Corporate Governance, according to the track.

The program also features three optional courses, with the choice allowing to customize the educational plan and that is shared with the Master’s Direction, to ensure to all participants the best response to their needs. The journey continues with the participation to the International Business Week, a week of intensive courses in a start-up School or in a Business School of the network. Both tracks ends 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 modular formula based on the needs of the participant.
There are 3 fundamental mandatory courses, which are held at the beginning of the master; 3 specialized courses devoted to the creation and growth of new businesses; 3 optional courses that the participant can choose from within the educational offer of the School based on their business’s interests.
At the end of the course participants will be able to discuss their business plan before the Management Committee in order to present and verify the practical realization of their entrepreneurial idea.

The basic skills for entrepreneurs. These are mandatory courses that the participant can choose within the educational offer of the School in agreement with the Director of Studies of the Master. They are: Administration and Control, Corporate Finance, Strategy.

Three courses that in detail explain the concrete actions to take at the start of new businesses: Business Plan & Business Model, Business Coaching, How to Create a Start-up (for New Business Creation track) and Corporate Governance (for Second Generation Entrepreneur track).

These are specific choices made based their suitability for the business idea. There are three courses, to be agreed on with the Scientific Director. The participant may choose within the educational offer of the School  as according to the business plan.

An intensive experience abroad in an International Start-Up School or in a BBS’s network Business School to discuss with other entrepreneurs at a global level.
Participants will interact with other entrepreneurs whom have started or are currently managing their businesses in various countries and will also meet with institutional investors who will describe how exactly they select their investment projects.


The use of economic, financial and cost information for the management of a competitive advantage. Models for financial-economic performance analysis. The parameters for evaluating the company's profitability. The financial sustainability of the revenue performance of the company. The strategic sustainability of the business performance. Economic and financial benchmarking. Analysis of the budget and managing relations with suppliers and clients. Strategic analysis of costs: activities, costs and cost-drivers. The value of assets and potential profit. Systems for strategic control.

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.

The course provides the main theoretical tools and methods for evaluating investment decisions of companies, determining the cost in company capital, optimizing the choices in financial structure, evaluating companies, the functions of the main measures for the collection of risk capital and identifying the main relationships of corporate governance and its implications for actual business objectives.

This course enables participants to address the major bureaucratic and administrative issues necessary to start an activity, which entrepreneurs and those who aspire to it face in the process of business creation. Among the topics discussed: choosing a legal form, the definition of the statute, shareholders' agreements and registration with the Chamber of Commerce.

The course will present the main tools used in business strategy and deals with the topic of entrepreneurship. Topics such as tools for strategic analysis, strategy and value creation, sector analysis and the competitive advantage, analysis of competitors and the enlarged competition model, characteristics and choices of the entrepreneur will all be introduced. The goal of the course will be to make participants able to go from an idea to strategic planning with the final result being a full and packaged business plan.

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.




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The Master has a tuition fee of 15.800 euro plus VAT.
Reduced fees for applications received before september 30th 2016



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

+39 051 2090129


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