Online Certificate

Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship

Develop your skills in innovation and entrepreneurship

In this self-paced online Online Certificate in Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship from HEC Paris, one of the top business schools in Europe, you’ll learn how to innovate, cultivate an entrepreneurial mindset, and develop your business.

  • 4-10 months
    (Avg. 10 hours per week)
  • 10 courses (Approx. 4 weeks each)
  • 3,450 EUR

    Installment payment plan available.

  • 35 academic credits

Get Started Today

Sessions are filling quickly. Enroll now to reserve a spot in the next session. You will be redirected to HEC Paris’ website for payment.

How the Certificate works

This online certificate program includes three topic areas. Each topic area includes courses and one final exam. To earn the Online Certificate in Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship, you’ll complete all 10 courses and the final exams. The Certificate is part of HEC’s MSc in Innovation and Entrepreneurship degree, but can be taken independently.
Scaling Up

Learn how to scale operations within tight resource constraints, implement a structured management approach, and capitalize on social media marketing.

Creativity and Innovation

Focus on creativity and innovation as you learn how to use state-of-the-art frameworks and tools to develop new products and bring them to market. Learn to maintain a competitive advantage and use intellectual property rights to protect your idea from imitation or misappropriation.

Innovation and Entrepreneurial Strategy

Learn to engage and incentivize your employees to be as innovative as possible with a hands-on exercise that guides you through developing a social mission and sustainable social impact strategy for a profit-making entrepreneurial project.


After you complete this series of self-paced foundational courses, you’ll earn an Online Certificate in Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship from HEC Paris. Courses in the Certificate are offered monthly, and you can take them on your own schedule.

Apply this certificate to a degree

You will earn 35 academic credits upon completion of the Online Certificate program. These credits can be applied towards the MSc in Innovation and Entrepreneurship (MSIE) Degree if you are accepted into the MSIE program.

  • 10 courses (Approx. 4 weeks each)
  • 4-10 months
    (Avg. 10 hours per week)

The Certificate experience is...


The same courses you’ll find on campus, with the flexibility to learn when and where you want.


Collaborate with a global network of industry leading classmates, instructors, and alumni.


Innovative courses with lectures from some of the world’s best instructors and hands-on projects.


Practical courses designed to help you master skills that you can start applying to your career right away.

When you complete this Certificate, you’ll be:

  • Success

    Prepared to apply new ways of thinking that help you find creative solutions to business challenges

  • Success

    Ready to seize new opportunities in your current organization or to start a new business venture

  • Success

    Able to effectively implement new and innovative business strategies

Program Details


All content in the Online Certificate is available online and through Coursera’s iOS and Android apps, and can be completed at your own pace.

Content Includes:

  • Lecture videos with speed control and downloadable options for low-bandwidth connections
  • Interactive in-video questions
  • Reading items (text and image-based)
  • Discussion forums where you can network with your fellow learners
  • Graded and practice assessments to apply what you’ve learned


Recommended Background:

  • This Online Certificate is open to all interested learners. There are no required prerequisites.
  • Prior management or entrepreneurial experience is helpful, but not required. The Online Certificate is designed for any executive or entrepreneur seeking innovative, practical solutions to their business challenges.
  • The Online Certificate is also recommended for learners who are interested in the MSc in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, but aren’t ready to apply to the full program yet.

Suggested Sequence:

  • Each topic area includes courses and a final exam. We recommend taking all courses in a topic area before taking the final exam.
  • You can take multiple courses at a time, and you aren’t required to finish one topic area before moving on to the next.

Get Started Today

Sessions are filling quickly. Enroll now to reserve a spot in the next session. You will be redirected to HEC Paris’ website for payment.

Want to learn more before applying?

After answering a few short questions, we’ll be able to help you find out if you’re qualified to apply and give you more information about the certificate program.


About HEC

Specializing in management education and research, HEC Paris offers a complete and unique range of educational programs for the leaders of tomorrow.

Founded in 1881 by the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry, HEC Paris is a founding member of the Université Paris-Saclay. It boasts a faculty of 138 full-time professors, more than 4,400 students and over 8,000 managers and executives in training each year.


worldwide in the financial times executive education 2019 ranking


alumni in 132 countries


research articles published in the past 5 years


Get Started Today

Sessions are filling quickly. Enroll now to reserve a spot in the next session. You will be redirected to HEC Paris’ website for payment.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • The program consists of 10 self-paced courses, each designed to be completed in about four weeks. Your time to complete the program may range from 4-10 months, depending on the number of courses you take at one time. Course sessions are offered on a monthly schedule, and you can easily switch sessions if you need more time or have a scheduling conflict.

  • Yes, strong performance in the Online Certificate will be taken into consideration. However, completing the Online Certificate does not guarantee admission into the degree. If you currently meet the prerequisites and are interested in the degree, we encourage you to apply directly to the degree. All applications will be reviewed holistically by the admissions committee of HEC Paris.