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SKEMA Ventures: Glocal entrepreneurship is born


Graduate of a famous English university, Antoine R. had only one idea in mind, to create his  own company. But not at any price. The idea of failing in order to learn is good on paper, but if it can be avoided ... Then Antoine chose to apply for the MSc in Entrepreneurship & Innovation at SKEMA Business School. It was about "learning by doing" but also a solid anchoring in the latest knowledge and methods in entrepreneurship. 

He would be able to develop and test his company creation project throughout the course. This was the case in the first semester on the campus of Sophia Antipolis, the French Silicon Valley, where Antoine was able to gather around him a team of students motivated by the project. 

Then he joined the Suzhou campus in the second semester to explore the possibility of deploying the project in China. He found market opportunities, but also potential investors. Today, the company has been created, and for Antoine, "The sky is the limit".

Antoine's journey is not a unique example. It illustrates what dozens of students experience each year by joining SKEMA.

At SKEMA, we consider that an entrepreneur is an innovator-transformer. 

She innovates and acts to transform industries, organisations and, more broadly, society.

Growth and wealth creation in our societies and territories are largely linked to the ability to create new activities, whether by creating new businesses or new business in existing companies. Indeed, large companies also need entrepreneurs. Globalisation, the digital revolution, breakthrough innovations brought in by start-ups, and finally changes in consumer behaviour are forcing them to reinvent their future. To do so, they need employees with an entrepreneurial profile and a global vision and a multicultural capacity.

The creation of innovative enterprises or activities is a professional perspective for a growing number of students. These students expect their school to facilitate and stimulate the generation of ideas, to accompany them in the construction, the launching, and the development of their entrepreneurial project.

This is SKEMA Ventures’ raison d'être.


SKEMA Ventures is dedicated to student entrepreneurship, a unique value chain, which allows each SKEMA student to think, design, test and launch a project in a global context, on six innovative territories on four continents, benefiting from the best of each local ecosystem.

With SKEMA Ventures, "glocal" entrepreneurship is born.

Philippe Chereau, SKEMA Ventures director


An entrepreneur is “an innovator, a job creator, a game changer, a business leader, a disruptor, an adventurer” Richard Branson.

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