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Master Entrepreneurship & Sustainable Design

This program gives two degrees:
Master of Science Entrepreneurship & Sustainable design – Skema Business School
Diploma Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Design – The SDS


SEPT. 2021

Admission criteria



Dual Degree

Master Entrepreneurship & Sustainable Design


We have developed this program  around the  United Nation’s 17 sustainable development goals, which provide a framework for how best preserve and protect our planet, its inhabitants and resources.. Entrepreneurship and Design play a crucial role in enabling meaningful change and transforming society.


This program aims to bring you a quite radical learning experience.  Students can expect to acquire the theoretical frameworks, research skills and co-design methods to develop, iterate and most importantly implement ‘design in action’.


Sustainability isn’t always about climate and can relate to other aspects of social responsibility. We are interested in exploring and challenging the interrelated systems that connect both human beings and their environment.  It is about considering ecology, economy and society in harmony using design and business responsibly. This is an approach that goes beyond human-centred design to humanity-centred design.


Design and design thinking is a mindset and skillset. It is critical thinking and creativity combined with aesthetics.


There are many examples of successful entrepreneurial companies built using design to create a competitive advantage (e.g. Airbnb or Apple). McKinsey recently reported that large, traditional corporates which are design focused companies outperform their peers both in terms of revenue growth and in total return to shareholders.

Graduates of this MSc will find opportunities to pursue careers as:
– Entrepreneurs in sustainable industries
– Intrapreneurs for large corporates which emphasize corporate social responsibility
– Incubator advisors
– Business developers in positive impact start-ups


  • Master contextual research and collaboration in the field of sustainability
  • Integrate eco-stewardship methodologies with professional scenarios
  • Apply sustainable principles and methods to design innovative solutions that meet the needs of the present while maximizing the positive impact on the future
  • Master the commercial mindset required to transform ideas into new viable businesses
  • Analyse a new venture idea from multiples perspectives
  • Increase your chances of success by mastering business models and business plans


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At SKEMA Business School

Innovation is like an iceberg and a tropical forest. It is like an iceberg because what you see above the surface is just a small part of the reality. It is like a tropical forest because, like a biological ecosystem, variety of elements is necessary for life to develop. The course is organized to discover what is under the surface of innovation and the multiplicity of actors necessary to develop rich innovation environments, and to make innovation happen through entrepreneurship. Ecosystems of innovation are nowadays essential to understand and to act into the innovation and entrepreneurial world. Different ecosystems co-exist: National Systems of Innovation, Local System of innovation, Platform of innovation. The seminar will be an opportunity for the participants to enter into these ecosystems of Innovation world not only from the start-up perspective, but also from the existing company one. It will be also a unique opportunity to discover Sophia Antipolis as an example of a local system of innovation, and to meet local key players.

This course will take the student from innovative idea creation to early start-up activities and acquisition of the first clients for a new business. Central to this process is the iterative creation and fine tuning of a business plan, development of understanding the uses of the business plan for management of key activities and for attracting outside investors.

You will develop a true understanding of the new rules of the world in which you will evolve and develop by showing you the potential business opportunities that SD offers especially through innovation, mostly looking through the environmental lens, and be able to apply the principles of sustainable development to your thinking processes.

The course is dedicated to transfer the essentials of finance and accounting tools for supporting decisions about the effective launching and management of the operations of a new venture.

The course introduces the concept of effectuation (exercising control without predicting the future) and applies it to strategic marketing. This new paradigm allows students to consider ISMA360® as a method for innovation. ISMA360® SKEMA Business School Author Dominique Vian.

Entrepreneurial ventures are distinct from established businesses in many respects. Their structure is strongly dependent upon the entrepreneurs, from one person to a

few people. Social pressure, desire to succeed, isolation, lack of guidance and other factors can lead the entrepreneur to make unethical decisions or engage in deviant behaviour (corruption, abuse, fraud, etc.). The course will focus on these issues. It will start with an overview of ethical issues, to provide students with a sense of ethical dilemmas, and cognitive devices to solve them. Then, we will introduce issues of ownership and governance. Ownership structure and governance mechanisms are introduced and discussed in class with respect to their ethical, social and sustainable implications.

At The SDS

This course presents the principles of project planning and implementation critical to forming a profitable and successful new business entity. Business plan development, technology transfer, offshore sourcing and alliances with partners and suppliers are integrated into the student’s design skill set. Students develop original design concepts for commercially marketed and sold products, communications, environments or services.

Students explore physical, behavioural and emotional human characteristics as components of the design thinking process. Through a series of projects, students apply human factors and user-centred design methodologies to the diverse fields of design pertaining to products, services and systems.

This course presents techniques such as interviews, focus groups, contextual inquiry, surveys and questionnaires and the creation of novel research methods necessary to conduct relevant and useful research. Students gain knowledge and expertise to contribute to the design process of products, services and systems in which goals, users and task needs are given equal importance.

Students conduct comprehensive research to define a ground-breaking sustainable solution to a real problem as outlined in their personal proposal. They create a solid theoretical foundation for a unique contribution to the field that improves quality of life, maximizes economic returns and minimizes consumption of resources. This becomes the framework for the generation of their final design solutions

Borrowing from nature’s genius is becoming an essential tool for creative professionals in all design fields. Keeping in mind the importance of creating sustainable living in the 21st century, students investigate biomimicry thinking, frameworks and existing case studies.

In this course, students work in an interdisciplinary environment creating services, products, interfaces and experiences within physical and virtual environments. The practical methods and techniques of service design are developed and explored using comprehensive design processes. Specific techniques, guidelines and examples are used to emphasize the practical aspects of service design where students are required to design in a way that is both user-centric and socially and culturally appropriate. Students must consider the social, technological and economic considerations when designing services. Students research people and lifestyles use and context, implementation and delivery, economy and commerce of services and the products, networks and environments that enable services to be delivered and experienced.


Duration: 4-6 months

A great opportunity to apply what you learn in real-world projects. Students are encouraged to do the internship with international companies as well as startups.


Download the Brochure to know more about the academic programs, school life, tuition fee structure, financial support, and the facilities and services available.

Need clarification

Have more questions or need clarification on the dual degree program, get in contact with the pedagogical advisor to arrange a individual information session via Zoom.

Master Entrepreneurship & Sustainable Design

EU and Non-EU Student
25.000 € (twenty five thousand euros)
Total tuition fee

Finance your studies



Understand our approach

Our school has an approach of “learning by doing”. You can read more about the course structure and curriculum.

Browse our students work

To get a better understanding of our approach, we encourage you to check out our student’s work.

Practical information

Download the Brochure to know more about the academic programs, school life, tuition fee structure, financial support, and the facilities and services available.



1. Register

Register via the form in the admission section to start the process. You will receive the official application form via email

2. Upload documents

Send your 2 recommendation letters (from former teachers or professional contacts), CV, statement of purpose, A copy of your former diplomas and application form by email.

3. Interview time

The purpose of this interview is to see if the candidate is eligible and to find out if the program fits the needs of the candidate’s future plans.

4. Admission results and tuition fees

After the interview, you will receive the result to confirm if you are eligible and a proposal for a study plan.

5. Payment

To confirm your enrollment you need to select a study plan, you will receive an invoice to start the procedure of tuition fees payment.

6. Confirmation and let’s start your new life next academic year!

Receive the official enrollment certificate confirming the admission and get ready to start your studies at The SDS.


Getting Settled

Visa Support

Our SDS team will provide you with the necessary support regarding your visa application.

Finding housing

Our team helps the new students with their housing in Nice, in collaboration with Crous.

Administrative support

The school team will help you with setting up your bank account, insurance, and other administrative needs.

Welcome team

The welcome team will be your first contact in Nice, helping you settle down, introduce you to the city and help you with any questions you have.

To apply for the program – Please register here

You will receive an application form by email. Keep 2 recommendation letters, CV, statement of purpose and a copy of your former diplomas ready for the further process.