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Our philosophy of entrepreneurship | Entrepreneurship for all | Key figures | The partners of the Entrepreneurship Centre

Our philosophy of entrepreneurship

"Enlightening entrepreneurship: ESSEC trains leaders-entrepreneurs capable of addressing the challenges of a changing world.

Since its creation, ESSEC has always cultivated a spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation, which lies at the very core of its educational approach, research, and managerial practices. At ESSEC, we believe that everyone can be an entrepreneur, and that entrepreneurial experiences encourage a capacity to find solutions to tomorrow's problems and to adapt to the changes and challenges which we all face. Our ambition is to ensure that each ESSEC graduate views uncertainty as a call to action.

Over the past few decades, ESSEC has designed a combination of courses, seminars, internships, professorships, and incubators to facilitate and nourish the entrepreneurial spirit of its students and participants. Through its student incubator, ESSEC Ventures, its social enterprise accelerator program “Antropia ESSEC” and its “Club Generation Startuppeuse” which supports female entrepreneurship, ESSEC has established a unique entrepreneurial ecosystem. It enables students, participants in continuing education programs and external entrepreneurs to benefit from dedicated support to create and grow enterprises in a variety of areas.

ESSEC is also positioned as a key player in the entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystems in Morocco and Singapore through the influence of its two international campuses and its alumni network in these two regions.

As part of the School’s new strategy, this historic commitment to entrepreneurship and innovation remains intact and is gaining strength. These are unrivaled opportunities that ESSEC provides to students and participants with the aim of nurturing their entrepreneurial reflexes.

It is with this in mind that ESSEC has committed to an ambitious plan, “Enlightening Entrepreneurship”, to consolidate and strengthen our current entrepreneurial ecosystem. This requires new approaches and new skills, putting people at the center of our desire to develop the capacity of entrepreneurs to act in the face of uncertainty.


Entrepreneurship for all

At ESSEC we believe that having entrepreneurial skills is beneficial for everyone, be it in your personal or professional life. We don’t see entrepreneurship only as the act of creating your own business. Rather we see it as a mindset of seeing opportunities in a sea of challenges, and the skill to manage the risks and uncertainty associated with developing them. In a world that is evolving fast, what worked yesterday is no longer a recipe for success tomorrow. Having entrepreneurial skills is therefore no longer a luxury, but an essential skill in everyone’s toolbox.

Our credo: Entrepreneurship can be taught!

I launched my entrepreneurial project in my first year at ESSEC. My passion for maths and statistics reinforced my idea to turn this project into a business creation. So, in parallel with my studies, I joined the ESSEC Ventures incubator. This project gave birth to Contentsquare, a solution that enables companies to create better digital experiences and which has become one of the world leaders in the field of UX Analytics.
Jonathan Cherki (E11)

In order to develop your entrepreneurial skills, we build on three main principles:

- Entrepreneurship IS teachable. We draw on the experiences of many entrepreneurs and academic literature to provide you with the methodologies used by expert entrepreneurs.

- Learning skills requires trial-and-error. If you want to develop your entrepreneurial skills, you will have to learn it by doing. At ESSEC, we offer you a guiding hand and a safe environment where you can place your first steps as an entrepreneurial novice, or interact with peers and experienced experts as you build your entrepreneurial confidence. This is the case both in courses and our ESSEC Ventures incubator.

- Learning goes faster in a community. Being able to learn from your peers, reflect on your doubts, experiences and know-how helps you to learn much faster than you would have alone. For this reason, we organize many activities, guest speaker series and community exchanges to build a community, together with student associations, alumni and ecosystem partners. You are not alone!


Different content for different phases and interests.

Just like any other skill, your training needs will be different depending on your experience. This is why we have develop a pedagogical offer that fits your learning from “novice” to “expert”. In each of ESSEC’s programs we have (or are developing) modules that allow students or participants to discover entrepreneurship and its main methodologies, and move into more detailed and specific advanced training later on (or right away). Entrepreneurial strategies may also be different, depending on the specific industries and challenges faced. Entrepreneurship at ESSEC is therefore no one-size-fits-all, but rather a very customizable journey in terms of both courses and incubation:

  • General Entrepreneurship
  • Cleantech Entrepreneurship
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurship in the Life Sciences
  • Entrepreneurship in the media
  • Female entrepreneurship


Key figures

"Being an entrepreneur at ESSEC means being an agile and learning actor in a changing world. An opportunity to transform your passions into an innovative project and have a real impact on the world around you."

Join ESSEC's 20-year student entrepreneur community #justgettingstarted

600
Coached business projects

 

420
Companies created

 

73 %
Survival rate at 3 years

 

 
 

 

64
Company projects in the incubator in 2020

 

€1,9
Bn of capital raised

 

10 200 jobs created by the incubated/supported companies

 

8000 students trained in three areas of excellence (Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship Chair, Specialized Master's Degree ESSEC Centrale Entrepreneurs)


The partners of the Entrepreneurship Centre

"CentraleSupélec is one school, three campuses.
- 4500 students and 370 professors and professor-researchers interacting with its international network.
- 3 schools abroad (China, India and Morocco) and 5 associated international laboratories (Brazil, Canada, USA and China).
The School develops its academic excellence and research through fruitful cooperation with major national organizations such as CNRS, CEA, INRIA, INSERM and ONERA.
CentraleSupélec is a founding member of Université Paris-Saclay, the T.I.M.E. network, Alliance 4Tech, a strategic partner of ESSEC Business School, and chairs the Groupe École Centrale."
CentraleSupélec

CentraleSupélec and ESSEC, strategic partners since 2009 (double diploma, MS in Data Sciences & Business Analytics, MS Centrale-ESSEC Entrepreneurs) join forces to provide support (incubators, Fab Labs, alumni networks, etc.) to student-entrepreneurs who create projects with a strong focus on technology and sustainable development (environment, energy, health). These students and participants, both pre-experience and post-experience, will therefore benefit from an unparalleled spectrum of skills and expertise to help them achieve their goals.



"In Extenso Innovation Croissance advises innovative organizations on the major challenges of tomorrow by providing companies and public players with the vision of strategic partner capable of proposing and implementing scientific and technical recommendations, strategic, financial and fiscal aspects of sustainable innovation.
With nearly 100 consultants mastering the entrepreneurial and sectoral challenges of their clients, In Extenso Innovation Croissance benefits from a strong territorial network, thanks to 8 regional locations, ensuring both responsiveness and perfect knowledge of ecosystems and networks of decision-makers."
In Extenso Innovation & Croissance

We support ESSEC's Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center to assist student entrepreneurs, born with digital technology and the climate emergency, who will, in startups or large groups, design and develop sustainable solutions in all industrial sectors.
Patricia Braun, President In Extenso Innovation & Croissance


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→ entrepreneurs@essec.edu

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