IMIE – International Master in Innovation and Entrepreneurship



The emergence of new technologies and the broadening of global markets create continuous opportunities for new business development and challenge the established market positions; this is the perfect programme for the young graduate who wants to think and act like an entrepreneur and become an innovative leader.

*In order to fully participate in classes and company visits, presence on campus is strongly suggested, especially since January 2023. In case of visa delays, travel barriers or other specific issues, it will be possible to continue attending online.






Location: Milan, Italy* + one additional year at WHU, Germany

Language: English

Type: Full-time

Intake: Fall 2022

Length: 12 months

University Requirements: 3-year Bachelor degree (minimum 180 ECTS)

Tuition fee: € 18.500
€ 9.500 for PoliMi MSc Alumni
For further info click here

International Masters Admissions Office
Tel : +39 02 2399 2820
Email : infomasters@mip.polimi.it


Joint programme with
WHU Otto


In partnership with
top companies


Focus on creativity, design and technology strategy 


A program designed to train
people who excel in business
analysis, digital skills and
entrepreneurial mindset


The programme offers a highly specialised qualification with candidates receiving the Specialising Master Degree from MIP Politecnico di Milano. Discover the course’s highlights.

At MIP we have an academic faculty specialised in innovation and digital technologies and we have been working for years alongside innovative companies, startups and business incubators. Together with them we have developed the International Master in Innovation and entrepreneurship, a programme of absolute international excellence, designed to train women and men who excel in business analysis and have digital skills and entrepreneurial mindset.

The master also offers the possibility of getting a MSc in Entrepreneurship from WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management by attending an additional year at WHU.

Students interested in being awarded the MSc degree issued by WHU have a double option:

– To choose and decide, before the beginning of the master programme deliver by MIP, to attend the entire programme (so, the 1st year at MIP and the 2nd year at WHU), by signing a Training Student Contract with each institution before the start of the programme including the details related to the full programme; students will have the right to cancel the Training Student Contract with WHU up until one month before the start of the 2nd year;
– To enroll first in the master programme delivered by MIP and then, by February of the year 1 (one), to decide to attend also the second year at WHU: in this case they will be required to sign the second Training Student Contract specifically focused on the second year of the master programme.

  • 1 year at MIP, Milan or 1 year at MIP plus 1 additional year at WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management
  • 100% in English
  • Providing a unique mix of academics, combining professional and theoretical expertise in the domain of innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Focus on creativity, design and technology strategy through a long-standing tradition of research, teaching and practice at both business schools
  • Action-based teaching method
  • Access to PoliHub, Innovation Park & Startup Accelerator, a partner institution of Politecnico di Milano, ranked third among the Top Business Incubators in the world at the UBI Awards
  • Opportunity to develop entrepreneurial ventures in a supportive environment
  • Experience of working in a multicultural team and exposure to MIP’s international faculty
  • Acquisition of the guidelines to use the potential that is hidden in diversity
  • Learning from a network of business partners and professional consultants
  • Emphasis on making progress in three key areas: knowing, making and being
  • Including soft skills for professional development
  • Acquisition of the capability to foresee technology and market changes from their inception
  • Collaboration on stimulating team projects


The International Master in Innovation and Entrepreneurship is a 12-month International Master programme offered by MIP Politecnico di Milano, that provides students with the necessary skills for a managerial career in the entrepreneurial world, including leadership and decision-making, market development, sustainable and cost-effective management of innovation – as well as stimulating their personal development. The programme also includes the following practical activities: lessons, seminars held by international lecturers, workshops on soft skills empowerment, company presentations, project work in collaboration with companies, company visits, alumni talks.

The master is taught entirely in English.

Please note that this programme is designed for fresh graduates with ideally no more than 3 years of work experience. Candidates who have have more than 3 years of work experience may also consider our International MBA programs.

The Master’s academic structure features four fundamental blocks: generalist content, specialised content, concentrations and Project Work. The first of these, the generalist content segment, has a dual purpose: it both lays the foundations for the subsequent specialised in-depth studies and also provides participants with a standardised overview so that they can start their journey from the same place, irrespective of their initial knowledge based on their various backgrounds. The generalist content is divided into General Management, Basics of Digital Transformation and Soft Skills.

MSc option at WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management

Joint Program in Entrepreneurship:

- 1st year spent at MIP, with the enrolment in the “International Master in Innovation and Entrepreneurship” (iMIE), from September 2022 to September 2023. To those who will positively complete this programme, Politecnico di Milano will award the 1st level Specialising Master degree in ““International Master in Innovation and Entrepreneurship” (60 ECTS)
- 2nd year spent at WHU, with the enrolment in the “Master in Entrepreneurship” (MiE), from September 2022 to September 2023. To those who will positively complete this programme, WHU will award the Master of Science degree in “Master in Entrepreneurship” (90 ECTS)

The students that fulfill the graduation requirements at each Party and satisfy the regulations of each one, will be awarded the following degrees:
- 1st level Specialising Master “International Master in Innovation and Entrepreneurship” (60 ECTS), awarded by Politecnico di Milano, after the completion of the 1st year.
- Master of Science degree “Master in Entrepreneurship” (90 ECTS), awarded by WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, after the completion of the 2nd year.

Please note that, after graduating from the master programme, international students could stay in Germany for 18 months in order to find a job or to study further.

The tuition fees are EUR 18,500 for the first year and EUR 17,500 for the second year.
You can find more information about the financial aid options for the semester at WHU here.


The programme includes highly structured career management services thanks to the MIP Career Development Center. Among the services offered:

  • Career workshops integrated into the Master’s programme to develop the career management skills needed to be competitive in the job market
  • Digital tools and artificial intelligence at the student’s service to optimise your CV and measure and improve your hard, soft and digital skills
  • Individual consultation meetings with professional career coaches
  • Free access to the MIP Global Network of Careers Websites
  • Networking events with employers, such as company presentations, company visits, recruiting on-campus events, Career Days
  • Preferential access to internship and job advertisements on Job Teaser, the School’s digital careers platform



  • 3 Career Weeks per year with over 300 partner companies, both national and international
  • Over 30 business workshops and business presentations per year
  • More than 15,000 internships and job opportunities globally accessible thanks to our wide network of international career portals
  • 5-10 Recruiting Days per year, organised by MIP in partnership with individual employers based on the needs and timelines of placement into the company

Who is eligible for the IMIE Programme?

Students with a 3- or 4-year bachelor’s degree with an equivalent of 180 or 240 ECTS or higher are eligible to apply.
Knowledge of English is a compulsory requirement.

How long is the IMIE programme?

The programme is 12 months long.

In what language is the programme taught?

The programme is taught in English, although there are opportunities for students to learn the native language of the country of study throughout the programme.

Do I need to speak Italian?

No, as the medium for the course is English, students are not required to learn Italian, although they will be given the opportunity to do so.

How many students are on the programme?

The average class size is around twenty students.

Is there an age limit for the programme?

No, but the average age of the candidates is 20-25 years.

What type of degree/title will I obtain upon graduation?

Upon graduation, candidates obtain the First Level University Specializing Master from Politecnico di Milano which is recognized by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR) and it is issued under the autonomous responsibility of Politecnico di Milano. With regard to the specific meaning of the 1st level master's degree, as per Bologna process, this is a 2nd cycle programme intended to provide students with further specialization or higher continuing education after completion of the first cycle. The first level Master Degree will release 60 ECTS/CFU credits.

Candidates are advised to check with the relevant authorities in their home countries regarding the validity/recognition of this title in their home countries.

Will I have to buy textbooks?

No, you will be provided with textbooks by the programme; the cost is included as part of the overall programme fee.



Applications are processed on a rolling basis. Since the number of seats in class is limited, candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Should the course become fully subscribed before the deadline dates, applications will close earlier.

Non-EU students are encouraged to apply at least three months before the start of the programme in order to allow enough time for the Statement of Comparability of the degree and application of the student visa.

Please note that this programme is designed for fresh graduates with ideally no more than 3 years of work experience. Candidates who have have more than 3 years of work experience may also consider our International MBA programs.

The ideal candidate wants to become an entrepreneur or envisages an entrepreneurial career as a family business manager; or wishes to join the founding team of a startup; or would like to work as an associate in charge of corporate R&D projects or as a consultant to assist companies in the implementation of innovative and creative projects.


  • Fill in the form on www.applyformasters.net
  • Upload the following documents:
    • CV in English
    • University Transcripts/Mark sheets
    • Bachelor’s/Master’s degree (if available)
    • Passport or ID
    • Digital Picture
    • Letter of reference (optional)
    • Motivation letter
    • Financial Aid Essay (if applying for one of MIP’s tuition fee reductions)
    • English proficiency certificate: IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC or equivalent (if available)
  • Pay the Application Fee (EUR 100)


You will be contacted for the Motivational Interview in English, which will take place online.


If the result of the selection interview is positive, you will receive the final admission and scholarship (if any) decision by email.


Upon receipt of the admission offer, you will be required to pay the first instalment of EUR 2500 within 15 days of the date of receipt of the offer letter should you wish to confirm your participation to the programme (a short extension to this deadline can be requested in case you are applying for an education loan, external scholarship etc, or for any other viable reason).


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What is the application date to apply for the programme?

Please note that the admissions process for the master is on a rolling basis, therefore the sooner you apply the more chance you will have of securing your place in the class, as capacity may be reached before the final application deadlines.

Does the IMIE programme have a letter of recommendation form?

There is no specific form for the recommendation letters; however if you need any help on the ideal template for your application, please contact infomasters@mip.polimi.it and we can provide you with further assistance in this matter.


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The programme costs €18,500. This amount covers the entire length of the programme, although it does not include living and travel expenses.
The tuition fee is €9,500 for alumni who completed a Master of Science programme at Politecnico di Milano in or after 2019.
MIP has partnered with Flywire to accept payments from international students worldwide: for more info, click here.

Applicants for the 2022 intake of the International Junior Specialising Masters can apply for fee reductions. The reductions will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis. Therefore, early applications are encouraged. Candidates wishing to apply for financial aid must make their request on the application form at the time of application – later requests for financial aid will not be considered.

For further details about financial aid and contributions you can visit the dedicated webpage.

Please note that we do not offer any full scholarships. The DSU and other scholarships offered by Politecnico di Milano and the Italian Government are not applicable for MIP’s programmes.

Here below you can find more information about the Best Alumni Entrepreneur Scholarship, dedicated to IMIE candidates only:


The Best Alumni  Entrepreneur scholarship, offered in collaboration with the Gianluca Spina Association, will give one meritorious candidate the possibility to benefit from a €5,000 discount on the tuition fee of the programme.

Candidates interested in applying for this scholarship are required to write an original essay of a few pages in length (2-3) on the topic “The Right To Fail:  Key to Entrepreneurial Action?”

The application must be sent to infomasters@mip.polimi.it by no later than 31st May 2022. Only completed applications delivered by the due date will be submitted to the Committee.

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We offer highly personalised services with the objective of developing the necessary skills, tools and strategy and expanding your professional network, to help you succeed in today’s complex and competitive global job market.




Both new entrepreneurs and established businesses need to be aware of the disruptive technologies that can be used to eat up market shares from more established competitors. 



Digital transformation is here! Technology plays a large role in the way we work, but its role will likely become even more important in the future

(Entrepreneur Europe).


Technology continues to evolve at an accelerated pace: there is the need of employees with specialized skills who can help take advantage of the business possibilities. 



The master prepares students for, amongst others, the following roles:

– ENTREPRENEUR: develop your own business idea from conception to launch
– ENTREPRENEURIAL CAREER: manage a family business, introducing innovation to products and systems
– STARTUP FOUNDING TEAM MEMBER: use your particular skills to blend in with a team of like-minded entrepreneurs and add value
– CORPORATE R&D PROJECT ASSOCIATE: be a project leader, bringing your own brand of vision to the corporate world
– COMPANY CONSULTANT: responsible for implementing innovative and creative projects.


Our graduates aim to found their own start-up. Those candidates who entered a corporate career after the master found a job placement in companies such as:  Deloitte, Accenture, BTO Research, ABB, Amazon, Piaggi, L’Oreal, Toyota Motor Europe, Pfizer


ISO strives to provide a tailor-made service to each international candidate and enrolled student by assisting with enrolment and non-academic matters.


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