Double degree combines entrepreneurial, design, and social science skills to boost sustainability
The World Economic Forum estimates that “there is no future for business as usual – we are reaching irreversible tipping points for nature and climate, and over half of the global GDP, $44 trillion, is potentially threatened by nature loss”. According to the Circularity Gap report, we now consume more than 100 billion tonnes of virgin materials per year of which less than 10% flows back circularly to our economies. This number has quadrupled over the last 50 years. This is not sustainable; critical supplies will likely disappear in a not-too-distant future.
“At the same time, on the demand side of the equation, the search for sustainable goods has increased by 71% since 2016 on a global scale” according to a survey carried out by The Economist and the WWF in 2021. New generations are willing to behave more responsibly both in their corporate environments and as individuals.
These trends will generate massive economic opportunities in sustainability over the coming decades. The Better Business Better World report explains: “Achieving the Global [UN Development] Goals opens up US$12 trillion of market opportunities”. For the World Economic Forum, transitioning [the food, land, ocean, built environment and the extractives and energy system] to nature-positive business models could deliver $10.1 trillion of annual business opportunities and 395 million jobs by 2030.
The MSc Entrepreneurship and Design for Sustainability familiarises students with theses trends and the related societal challenges. This master also nurtures an entrepreneurial mindset aimed at seeing sustainability as an opportunity rather than a challenge. This MSc teaches students how to create, craft and launch new ideas leveraging design approaches.
Become familiar with design methodologies in order to stimulate the generation of new ideas which solve real user problems and optimise user experiences
Analyse new venture ideas from multiple perspectives, and in light of emerging trends
Master the business mindset required to transform ideas into new and viable entrepreneurial initiatives
Increase their chances of success when scaling entrepreneurial ideas from conception into actual business
Why choose this entrepreneurship and sustainability programme
How best to seize these opportunities in the field of sustainability?
Having an entrepreneurial mindset is a necessary condition. First, it allows students to identify the emerging societal and technological trends which are reshaping our daily lives. But more importantly students will also acquire the methodology and tools to generate ideas and transform them into new projects or new companies which will reconcile care for the planet with profit.
Design is also crucial for positive impact entrepreneurship. The European Commission estimates that more than three quarters of the environmental impact of a product is determined in the design phase.
About the degree
By joining an MSc, students obtain a master of science degree and the "Diploma of Specialised Studies in International Management" (DESMI), a degree approved by France's Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation (master's level. More info - text in French