Masters in Innovation & Entrepreneurship


Have an innovative, meaningful impact in today's business society!


Are you ready to challenge the status quo or start your own company?

Today’s business world is constantly changing and management strategies need to be redefined non-stop. Companies are looking for people who can generate new ideas, apply frameworks and respond to this changing environment. We will provide you with the tools and skills to challenge those ideas and train you how to think and act like an innovative entrepreneur.

Financial Times
- Ranked No. 1 business school in Belgium (at the heart of Europe)
- Top 10 for Career Services worldwide

During the Silicon Valley Disruption Tour the Masters in Innovation & Entrepreneurship students will get insights into a leading entrepreneurial ecosystem known for companies such as Uber, Google, Facebook, Box and many others (see video below).


Masters in Innovation & Entrepreneurship graduates are well prepared for careers in:

  • Entrepreneurship - either starting your own business or as a member of the founding team of a start-up
  • Business development and innovation project management across a broad range of sectors
  • Consultancy, guiding companies in implementing innovative and creative projects
  • R&D within established organisations, managing corporate innovation project


Our programme is the gateway to a career as an innovative leader in any kind of company - a large consultancy firm, a multinational, or your own business.

During the disruption tour to Silicon Valley you'll get the chance to visit innovative companies, investors and incubators or join our start-up accelerator to launch your own start-up.

Take look at the detailed curriculum here.


Management Core


  • aspring innovation professionals
  • business developers
  • innovative entrepreneurs


Take a look at a few examples of current employers of our Masters in Innovation & Entrepreneurship graduates:

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Stimulating entrepreneurship is and has always been at the core of Vlerick Business School’s mission since its inception. This focus on entrepreneurship is reflected in a broad offering of courses and other initiatives to emerging and existing entrepreneurs:

  • Vlerick Student Entrepreneurship Fund:
    To support existing students (but also later on Vlerick alumni) in the venture creation process, this fund was established. We want to support students and alumni that want to become entrepreneurs with crucial assets in their venturing process. Moreover this allows successful entrepreneurs and alumni to give back to the community.
  • Access to mentors:
    During the course of the programme you'll get coached by experienced entrepreneurs and investors.
  • [email protected]ck:
    To help our students and Vlerick alumni in their fundraising efforts we organize [email protected] After a formal selection made by a jury of experts, we will give max. 10 teams the chance to pitch their start-up idea to a select group of investors, ranging from angel investors to venture capitalists, incubators, accelerators and crowdfunding platforms. This is not only a great opportunity for participants to meet up with a large group of potential investors, but they also get the chance to win some great prizes.
  • Social Forum:
    Want to take entrepreneurial action to create a better world? We support entrepreneurs, students and alumni who want to make a difference. The Vlerick Social Forum aims to create awareness for social entrepreneurship at student and faculty level. The Social Forum matches Vlerick students with organisations that develop, fund, and implement solutions to social, cultural or environmental challenges.
  • Physical space:
    During the course of your Masters in Innovation & Entrepreneurship programme, our Vlerick campus is also the perfect place to launch your start-up. Our campus will be at your disposal whether it's to work on your start-up or arrange a meeting with (potential) clients. Furthermore, it's not only the ideal meeting place of academics, entrepreneurs, managers and students, but also where identities and ambitions come together, leading to a stream of new ideas and insights.


Lauren Hill CabreraMeet Laura Hill Cabrera who followed the Masters in Innovation & Entrepreneurship programme in 2018:

"Vlerick offered me the skills and confidence I would need if I were to create my own venture.

My main takeaway is that growth can be achieved in much more ways than only gaining more knowledge. Together with two other students, we worked on our own start-up for the in-company project. There we were supported by a Vlerick and company mentor. Working on our own start-up with the support of the school has given us opportunities to grow and learn even better."


Take a look at some practical information on our Masters in Innovation & Entrepreneurship:


Below you will find some success stories from our Innovation and Entrepreneurship alumni:

Elias Maalouli

Elias Maalouli:
After working for five years in Beirut, Elias Maalouli knew he wanted to set up his own business. When he decided to follow the Masters in Innovation & Entrepreneurship programme in 2016, it was the first step in his journey as an entrepreneur. Last year, he finally launched FoundersBei, a co-working space in Beirut. Read more »

Listen to our podcast with Elias:

‘Vlerick Change Makers’ is an original Vlerick podcast series. In this podcast, we learn from Vlerick alumni on how they live, learn and leap in these turbulent times:

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Laura Guillaume :
Strawberry growers across the world are struggling to find enough manpower to harvest their fruit. So R&D company Octinion has come up with an answer. They’ve built Rubion, the world’s first fully autonomous strawberry-picking robot that picks fruit just like a human – looking at ripeness and size as it works.

Laura Guillaume is an alumna of our Masters in Innovation & Entrepreneurship. She’s Product Manager at Octinion and was part of the team that brought Rubion to market. She says: “The economic and strategic skills I gained at Vlerick, combined with my technical background, gave me a headstart at Octinion. I’m the link between what our clients need and what our engineers can produce – I make sure our product is both technologically feasible and economically viable.” Rubion launched in Berlin in February with great success – the first run of robots has already been sold and more orders are sure to follow. See Rubion in action here »
Helena Gheeraert
Helena Gheeraert:
A whopping 45% of our fruit and veg ends up in the bin, simply because consumers don’t like imperfection. Our Masters in General Management alumna Helena Gheeraert decided to tackle this challenge. She created Wonky – a business making healthy dips from less-than-perfect veggies. At first she supplied local delis – but soon you’ll find Wonky in shops across Europe. Find out how she did it »

Emiel Govaert
Emiel Govaert:
If you drink a delicious cocktail at an event or in a bar, there’s a good chance it’s a Fusion cocktail. Emiel Govaert, the founder of Fusion, is a civil and architectural engineer, as well as a mixologist – a ‘cocktail architect’ if you like. “Making cocktails is my passion and thanks to the Masters in Entrepreneurship & Innovation, I have turned it into my job.” Read more »

Steven Debaere, Anton Claeys and Jeroen Spitaels:
How do you find the time, skills and inspiration to cook fresh, healthy food every day? Three of our Masters in General Management alumni found the answer and set up the smart cooking technology Mealhero. Steven Debaere, Anton Claeys and Jeroen Spitaels created an online food service combining a smart steamer, home delivered food boxes containing freshly frozen ingredients and a smartphone app. The company has been going from strength to strength and has also secured a healthy 900,000 euro in funding. Find out how Mealhero works »

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Info Sessions & Open Days
02 Feb
Meet our programme advisor online
Category: General Info Sessions

09 Feb
Masters Open Day
Category: Masters Info Sessions


Meet us at upcoming eventsfairs around the world, challenges or get in touch with our programme advisor to schedule a campus visit!

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