Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Program Director

This graduate program trains future business developers with an entrepreneurial mind-set and an open-minded approach through the acquisition of knowledge, competences, and frameworks useful to support the rise and growth of firms acting in the current digital scenario and working in a global setting.  

The course allows participants to master business development processes – being in the form of growing trajectories of existing firms or new start-ups - from multiple perspectives.

On the one hand, the course provides a deep understanding of business models and value creation processes connected to the dynamic global competitive scenario, the management of a variety of markets, and the opportunities offered by digital technologies. On the other hand, the course explores the innovation frontiers going beyond technological innovation to include also market-driven innovation and social innovation, and its implications for the competitive advantage of firms.

Students will not only benefit from theoretical analyses and cutting-edge research developed at DSEA, but they will also go through learning-by-doing processes within the managerial labs proposed in EI.

A large number of case study presentations and business events are organized to further enhance internship and work opportunities. Meetings with entrepreneurs and events oriented to explore entrepreneurial opportunities are also offered.


> Course structure 

The course spread over four semesters is designed to thoroughly prepare students in the areas of management, economics, legal, and quantitative business management. During the first year, courses develop competences in the analysis, measure, control, and development of markets and organizations at a global scale. In the first semester of the second year, course units develop additional specialized expertise on Entrepreneurship, Economics and Human resource management, as well as service-oriented firms. In the second semester of the second year, course units are oriented to enhance theoretical and practical knowledge through interactive laboratories (managerial labs) and focused on selected topics (doing business in emerging economies and economic and economic growth). Courses are based on active learning perspective.


> Career Opportunities 

The Course aims at transferring knowledge and develops skills to access managerial and entrepreneurial careers:

  • in small and medium-sized firms that have started strategic paths of growth, internationalization, or innovation that require professionals to understand macro-economic and sectoral trends.
  • roles that support the implementation of new business strategies in large firms that, through spin-offs or dedicated business units, are carrying out business innovation processes or new strategic paths
  • in KIBS (Knowledge Intensive Business Services) that are implementing paths of strategic growth or managerial innovation

 In innovative sectors of manufacturing, services, and culture.


How to Apply

Admission requires a selection based on candidates’ prior knowledge and qualifications.  All information about admissions is available, for italian degree holders, on the dedicated web page.

Are you an international student? Please check How to apply.

Are you a current studentClick here to find regulations, schedules and other information. 



Regolamento Didattico A.A. 2018/2019 e relativi allegati: Allegato 1, Allegato 2Allegato 3


  For students with italian bachelor degree

I nuovi requisiti specifici curriculari minimi per Entrepreneurship and Innovation sono:
50 CFU con riferimento alle conoscenze in uno o più dei seguenti ambiti:

  • almeno 12 CFU in economia aziendale, economia e gestione delleimprese, finanza aziendale, organizzazione aziendale, economia degli intermediari finanziari;
  • almeno 12 CFU in economia politica, politica economica, scienze delle finanze, econometria; 10 CFU in matematica, statistica, statistica economica;
  • informatica, sistemi di elaborazione delle informazioni;
  • per il raggiungimento dei 50 CFU richiesti in aggiunta ai precedenti possono essere considerati anche i seguenti ambiti: diritto
  • privato, diritto pubblico, diritto agrario;
  • diritto commerciale o diritto internazionale, diritto dell’economia, diritto del lavoro, diritto dell’Unione Europea;
  • storia del pensiero economico, storia economica, sociologia dei processi economici e del lavoro;
  • disegno,disegno industriale, sociologia dei processi culturali e comunicativi;
  • disegno e metodi dell'ingegneria industriale, tecnologie e sistemi di lavorazione, impianti industriali meccanici, economia ed estimo rurale, chimica generale e inorganica, chimica organica; botanica generale e anatomia comparata);
  • conoscenze, competenze e abilità negli ambiti disciplinari "economico-aziendale", "economico", "matematico-statistico" e "giuridico" ed in particolare una adeguata padronanza nelle seguenti discipline:

1. Economia aziendale

2. Microeconomia e Macroeconomia 

3. Economia e gestione delle imprese 

4. Organizzazione aziendale 

5. Statistica generale

Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche e Aziendali "M. Fanno"
Segreteria Didattica
Via Ugo Bassi 1 - 35131 Padova
Tel. 049-8271230
Email: didattica.economia@unipd.it