Coursera and HEC Paris Launch Online Masters in Entrepreneurship

Successful graduates can apply for seed funding and for incubation at the “world’s biggest startup campus”. Applications are now open.

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HEC Paris (école des Hautes Etudes Commerciales de Paris) and Coursera launch their first fully online international degree program, the Online Master’s in Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OMIE). Europe’s leading business school has created this degree in collaboration with Coursera, the world’s leading online learning platform. The program is designed for present and future business leaders who wish to drive innovation within their organizations or launch new ventures.

Coursera is an online education company that partners with 150 of the world’s top universities and education institutions to offer online courses. Since launching in 2012, the company has grown to 25 million registered learners who can choose among 2,000 courses and 180 specializations available to enroll in at any time.

Founded in 1881, HEC Paris specializes in management education and research offering Masters programs, Summer School, MBA, PhD, Executive MBA, TRIUM Global Executive MBA, open-enrolment and custom executive education programs.

Students will work in teams over a six-month period on a project of choice, from the planning stages to bringing the idea to life. They will receive mentoring from experienced entrepreneurs and business leaders who will meet with them once a week. Successful graduates will be able to move their respective project into its next phase by applying for seed funding from HEC Paris, and have their project come to fruition at HEC’s incubator, based at Station F, the world’s biggest startup campus. Applications are now open for the first intake of students with classes starting in September 2017.

By the end of the program, successful applicants will understand how to combine talent and capital, manage rapid growth and reduce risk factors by using decision-making skills they have acquired. The program’s entrepreneurial angle also encourages students to explore a new way of thinking when faced with different opportunities in social ventures, governments, and life.

“HEC Paris offers participants the opportunity to learn from world-class practitioners in their industries,” explains HEC Paris Dean, Peter Todd. “Through innovative, fully online and interactive courses, participants will leave the program ready to launch their own venture or to innovate within their existing organizations. This is a unique opportunity to earn an HEC Master’s degree and join the exclusive HEC Alumni network.”

Coursera CEO Rick Levin is hopeful that the OMIE will make learning from a top business school attainable to people globally, particularly in India where entrepreneurship has exploded in recent years: “This is a degree for ambitious students who want to gain access to an international network of entrepreneurs and build high impact companies.

Thanks to a unique curriculum based on stackable credentials, participants can benefit at each level of learning. They can choose a single course, decide to specialize in one program, or embark on a full-fledged degree. This degree represents remarkable progress in providing equitable access to education from a highly reputable business school.”

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