The essence of entrepreneurship and innovation is to cope with unmet needs and problems by creating novel solutions, new products or services, and new ventures.
Creating a new venture or managing innovation processes in existing companies requires a particular mindset, where problems are opportunities, knowledge is continuously enhancing, and learning essentially means the ability to learn how to learn, from a problem-solving perspective. This is what we call entrepreneurial logic. Complexity and uncertainty cannot be controlled or eliminated, but they can be understood and managed.
This programme gives the students a unique combination of in-depth theoretical knowledge and authentic learning experience on entrepreneurship and innovation.
Degree class: LM-77
ECTS Credits: 120
Duration of the course: 2 years
Courses will be taught in: English
Places available: 50 EU + 5 non-EU
Campus: Bozen-Bolzano, NOI techpark Bozen-Bolzano
Tuition fees: ca. € 1350 per year
The study plan is structured into four semesters and consists of 16 courses plus the final master thesis.
The first semester consists of only mandatory courses to set up a common ground. The semester starts with an introductory session to the Bitz unibz fablab. Growth mindset is a mind-breaking course that takes you to approach problems through complementary perspectives: network thinking, algorithmic thinking, and design thinking. While developing skills in modeling, coding, and prototyping, you’ll acquire new ways of thinking and reflecting on problems and solutions. Foundations of entrepreneurship provides a sound understanding of entrepreneurial logic and how to create value for customers and stakeholders.
At the beginning of the second semester, you choose the stream that better fits your aspirations and goals. Entrepreneurship is the stream for the students aiming at founding a new venture, while Innovation & Management is the stream for those students who aspire to work and make an impact in innovative firms.
In the fourth semester students attend a project-based course to further develop their new venture (Project LAB – Startup) or to take part in a real project of open innovation with selected business partners (Project LAB – Corporate Innovation). Finally, the master thesis is an original study that gives you the opportunity to develop and apply research skills to acquire in-depth expertise in a specific topic you choose.
Every year we organize a field trip to observe and study an entrepreneurial ecosystem. Students visited Silicon Valley, Israel, Lisbon, Berlin, Tallin, New York, Iceland, Oslo, Toulouse, etc.
Classes take place at the Bozen-Bolzano campus and at NOI Techpark Bozen-Bolzano, one of the partners of this programme.
First-year students will be supported through a personalised tutoring aimed at welcoming them and guiding them in their educational path. Each student will be assigned to a peer tutor, who, for example, will assist them in organising their study activities, in choosing courses to attend or with general questions about student life at unibz.
Currently we offer exchange programmes with partner universities all over the world and we are part of a large network of collaboration with employers in Italy and abroad.
Our graduates can start new ventures. In the last years, our students and alumni co-founded more than 15 new companies. Alternatively, our graduates are hired by innovative firms, by consulting firms, or eventually join their family business.
Graduates express a convinced satisfaction with this study program, and the large majority of them say they would re-enroll in the same degree program again.
CEO of Wentiquattro - Bozen-Bolzano, Italy
I am fascinated by the way in which initial ideas develop into new products. Approaching this development path in a structured way is the focus of this master programme. Thanks to this programme, I was able to acquire the necessary skills to go through the innovation process step by step. I have learned to find business ideas, test them, and elaborate them in a business plan. I am head of the Innovation and New Markets department at the lvh Wirtschaftsverband Handwerk und Dienstleister. I also founded the company Wentiquattro. I recommend this Master to all those who are curious, who are motivated to create something of their own, who like to challenge themselves and have a drive to create something good in this world that makes life easier and enriches other people's lives.
German Entrepreneurship, Munich
This programme was an invaluable investment in my career. The mix of theoretical and practical learning experiences helped me develop a deep understanding of the startup ecosystem. Today, as part of a leading startup accelerator, I'm able to leverage the knowledge gained to nurture high-potential startups, as well as move the organisation forward strategically. The programme's focus on customer-centricity, business model development, and market research has been particularly helpful in driving innovation and growth. Additionally, courses like finance and statistics have equipped me with the skills to evaluate different business models and make data-driven decisions. Overall, the programme has been instrumental in shaping my career and helping me contribute to the success of the startups and ecosystem partners I am working with.
CEO at CIBUSPAY, Bozen-Bolzano, Trento, Padova
This programme taught me valuable lessons to launch Cibuspay! From the lessons on open innovation to the practical workshops on how to generate ideas, create business plans around them and finally pitch them in a convincing way, I have managed to start a company that is disrupting the old-fashioned B2B ways of paying in Italy. Without understanding in class the importance of putting the user first, asking for feedback and listening to the market, and trying it out in class and with outside mentors, I wouldn't have been able to start and run a start-up. In addition, the statistics and finance classes helped me to create and improve business plans for different business models independently and easily, to understand which way to go at different stages of the start-up, without the need for external consultants
From March you can book a tour of the Bozen-Bolzano campus with one of our Student Ambassadors and have the chance to visit unibz and get a glimpse of your future student life.
You can find all you need to know in order to apply and gain admission to this study programme by browsing through the information below.
Application: 01/03 - 27/04/2023 (by noon local time)
Language exams: 17/03/2023 (registration: 1-10/03/2023) and 13 - 14 and 17 - 18 - 19/04/2023 (registration: 23/03-03/04/2023)
Admission procedure and publication of ranking lists: by 16/05/2023
Payment of the 1st instalment of the tuition fees: by 25/05/2023 (by noon local time)
Enrolment: 12/07 - 13/10/2023 (by noon local time)
Application: 17/05 - 18/07/2023 (by noon local time)
Language exams: 26/06 - 01/07/2023 (registration: 17/05 - 18/06/2023)
Admission procedure and publication of ranking lists: by 04/08/2023
Payment of the 1st instalment of the tuition fees: by 22/08/2023 (by noon local time)
Enrolment: from publication of ranking lists - 13/10/2023 (by noon local time)
Intensive language courses: 04 - 22/09/2023 (Monday to Friday, 6 h/day)
Mathematics pre-course: 25/09 - 06/10/2023
Freshers Days: 02 - 03/10/2023
Classes: 02/10 - 23/12/2023
Exams (extraordinary session): 14 - 22/12/2023
Holidays: 24/12/2022 - 07/01/2024
Classes: 08/01 - 27/01/2024
Exams: 29/01 - 24/02/2024
Classes: 04/03 - 28/03/2024
Holidays: 29/03 - 01/04/2024
Classes: 02/04 - 15/06/2024
Exams (extraordinary session): 15 - 25/05/2024
Exams: 17/06 - 13/07/2024
Exams: 26/08 - 29/09/2023
EU citizens and citizens given parity of treatment
Early Bird Application: 40
Late Application: 10
Non-EU citizens (living abroad)
Early Bird Application: 5
The programme will only be offered if a minimum of 15 newly enrolled students is reached.
In order to gain admission to this programme you need one of the following qualifications:
1. a bachelor degree (*) in one of the following Italian degree classes or an equivalent qualification gained abroad:
(*) Italian citizen who have obtained their degree abroad must also have a secondary school leaving qualification.
2. a Bachelor in a different degree class to the ones listed above or an equivalent qualification gained abroad. At least 12 credit points must have been acquired in one or more of these subject areas: Business Administration, Economics, Law, Statistics-Mathematics, Technology and Engineering.
The subjects contained in the subject areas mentioned above which will be considered as entry requirements for the Master are the following:
AGR/01 - Economic and Rural Valuation
SECS-P/07 - Accounting
SECS-P/08 - Strategic Management
SECS-P/09 - Corporate Finance
SECS-P/10 - Business Organization
SECS-P/11 - Economics and Management of Financial intermediaries
ING-IND/35 - Management Science
AGR/01 - Economic and Rural Valuation
SECS-P/01 - Economics
SECS-P/02 - Economic Policy
SECS-P/03 - Finance
SECS-P/04 - History of Economic Thought
SECS-P/05 - Econometrics
SECS-P/06 - Applied Economics
SECS-P/12 - Economic History
IUS/01 - Private Law
IUS/02 - Comparative Private Law
IUS/03 - Agricultural law
IUS/04 - Commercial and Corporate Law
IUS/05 - Economic Law
IUS/07 - Labour Law
IUS/08 - Constitutional Law
IUS/09 - Public Law
IUS/10 - Administrative Law
IUS/12 - Taxation Law
IUS/14 - EU Law
IUS/21 - Comparative Public Law
Mathematics and Statistics
SECS-S/01 - Statistics
SECS-S/02 - Statistics for Experimental and Technological Research
SECS-S/03 - Economic Statistics
SECS-S/05 - Social Statistics
SECS-S/06 - Mathematics for Economics
MAT/01 - Mathematical Logics
MAT/02 - Algebra
MAT/03 - Geometrics
MAT/05 - Mathematical Analysis
MAT/06 - Probability Theory and Statistics
MAT/09 - Process Research
INF/01 - Computer Science
Technological and Engineering
ICAR/13 - Industrial design
ICAR/17 - Drawing
ING-IND/13 - Machine elements
ING-IND/14 - Mechanical planning and machine construction
ING-IND/15 - Drawing and methods of industrial engineering
ING-IND/16 - Technology and processing systems
ING-IND/17 - Industrial-mechanical systems
ING-IND/22 - Science and technology of materials
ING-IND/35 - Management Science
ING-INF/05 - Development systems of information
INF/01 - Computer Science
If you have not yet graduated at the time of application:You can apply if you have acquired at least 140 credit points (ECTS). In this case, you will be admitted conditionally, and you need to submit your diploma by the enrolment deadline.
If you graduate after the enrolment deadline:You cannot enrol and you will lose your place, which will be offered to the subsequent applicant in the ranking list. In this case. you should not pay the tuition fees to secure your admission. You will be able to submit a late enrolment request and, only if there still are available places, you can enrol by 15 December 2023.
To be admitted, you must fulfil the language requirements indicated in the section “Language requirements”.
According to national regulations, simultaneous enrolment in a maximum of 2 programmes is possible (however, the two programmes must not belong to the same class, e.g., LM-77/LM-77 and must differ for at least 2/3 of the course contents).
The official teaching language is English. Therefore, the following language requirements apply, otherwise you will be excluded from the admission procedure:
Entry level (to gain admission)
The levels of the Common European Framework of Reference apply.
You can demonstrate your language proficiency in the application portal (in the section “upload language certificates” and/or “enrol for language exams”) after you have created an application in the section “create/manage applications”.
You can demonstrate language proficiency through:
For information on studying in three languages also visit the following page.
Your application must be submitted online through the Application Portal. The deadlines are indicated in the “Deadlines” section.
Please note: Mendacious declarations will be criminally prosecuted and will result in the automatic exclusion from the ranking list.
You might apply for more than one study programme. If you are excluded in the first session, you might apply again in the second one.
Considered as equivalent are:
Only one application period is offered. After the deadline it is not possible to apply anymore. Application fee: € 50.
Once the ranking list has been published, if you have gained admission, secure it by paying the first instalment and then start your visa application on the Universitaly portal. The application on Universitaly is mandatory, otherwise you will not be allowed to enrol. On Universitaly you can apply for one study programme only.
The admission procedure is based on the following criteria:
Only applications containing all requested documents will be evaluated. If one of the documents requested for criteria 1 and/or 2 is missing, you will not be considered for the ranking.
In the event of equal scores, priority will be given to the applicant who has obtained the highest score for the first criterion. If scores are still equal, the younger applicant will have priority.
Courses included in the study plan of the Master in Entrepreneurship and Innovation are not valid for the acquisition of the 12 ECTS required for the participation in the selection procedure as curricular requirements.
Courses that have been taken into consideration in order to achieve the above-mentioned 12 ECTS cannot be recognised for a possible career abbreviation.
If you still need to graduate and/or certify the remaining exams you must sit, you are provisionally admitted in the ranking list.
In the application portal, you must upload:
Please note: mendacious declarations will be sanctioned by criminal law and will result in your automatic exclusion.
The Admission Committee will only evaluate the documents uploaded in the portal by the application deadline. The ranking lists with the admitted students will be published here and are only valid for the respective academic year.
If you have been admitted to more than one study programme, you can secure your admission for a maximum of 2 programmes by paying the designated rate twice. By confirming your place, you renounce admission to the other programmes.
1. Choose the study programme and pay the fees (to secure your admission) in the application portal.
The deadlines are indicated in the “Deadlines” section.
If you do not meet this deadline, you will automatically be excluded and the next applicant in the ranking list will be admitted.
For EU citizens and citizens given parity of treatment only: any remaining places of the early bird application, will be offered in the late application.
Please note that you do not gain full student status by only paying the tuition fees. This status will only be acquired upon enrolment. If you have secured your admission, there will be no refund of the tuition fees unless you do not pass your secondary school final exam or, in the event of non-EU applicants living abroad, you do not receive the documents necessary for enrolment from the Italian authorities in your country.
2. Enrol online in the application portal.
The deadlines are indicated in the “Deadlines” section.
Enrolment is recommended as early as possible, so you have the possibility to upload incomplete documents before the deadline.
If you do not meet the enrolment deadline, you will be excluded and the next applicant in the ranking list will be admitted.
Admission with reservation:
If you do not have the required academic qualification, you will be given a conditional offer for a study place and you must submit your qualification upon enrolment. If you achieve your qualification after the enrolment deadline, you cannot enrol, and you will lose your place which will be offered to the subsequent applicant in the ranking list. Advice: If you achieve your qualification after the enrolment deadline, you should not pay the tuition fees to confirm the study place. You will be able to submit a late enrolment request and, only if there are study places still available, you can enrol by 15 December 2023.
If you have gained your qualification abroad, you must certify that at the universities in the country where you gained your qualification, you can access to a study programme similar to that chosen at unibz. Therefore you must upload (if not uploaded upon application):
and one of the following:
Please note that if you do not possess a valid admission qualification, you could be excluded with Rector’s decree even after enrolment.
If you are a non-EU citizen living abroad:
If you are eligible for admission (check the ranking lists) and have also applied on Universitaly, the Italian Authorities in your own country will issue you the entry visa for studies/university.
This will allow you to arrive in Italy to enrol for the study programme that you have applied for, after passing the admission procedure.
According to Italian law, within 8 working days of your arrival in Italy, you must have applied for the residence permit: as soon as you arrive, get in touch with the Advisory Service and you will be given the necessary information for starting the procedure.
Once you will obtain your residence permit (permesso di soggiorno), you have to hand it in at the Student Secretariat personally or via e-mail.
Students intending to transfer from another Italian University to unibz must submit to the Student Secretariat - at the beginning of the academic year - a copy of the transfer application presented at the university of provenance.
Fees amount to € 1364
Delayed payment of the second instalment will result in a fine being levied. If you have not paid the tuition fees, you will be unable to take exams and will not be able to transfer to other universities or other study programmes.
If you drop out of a programme, interrupt your studies or are excluded from studies, you are not entitled to reimbursement of the fees.
Exemption from the tuition fees (and the provincial tax) is granted to:
Students who benefit from a scholarship granted by the Autonomous Province of Bozen-Bolzano are entitled to receive a refund of the tuition fees.
Credit points from previous university studies can only be recognised after enrolment if the exams taken at the university of provenance are equivalent in content to those offered at unibz. You can fill out the application after enrolment.
The Advisory Service provides support regarding your choice of study. In many cases a simple call or a short request is enough to get the relevant information (Tel. +39 0471 012100).