The European business school, HEC Paris and the online learning platform, Coursera jointly have launched their first online international degree programme, Online Master’s in Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OMIE).
The online degree will allow students to work in teams on a project of choice over a six-month period. It will help the students to bring the ideas from the planning stages to reality.
The students will also receive mentoring from entrepreneurs and business leaders who will meet with them once a week. Successful graduates can then apply for seed funding from HEC Paris, and have their project be incubated at HEC’s incubator, based at Station F.
Under the programme, students will face different opportunities in social ventures and governments that will help them to explore a new way of thinking as an entrepreneur.
The school’s dean, Peter Todd said through innovative, fully online and interactive courses, participants will leave the program ready to launch their own venture or to innovate within their existing organisations.
Referring India, where entrepreneurship has exploded in recent years, Coursera CEO Rick Levin said, the degree will target students who want to gain access to an international network of entrepreneurs and build high impact companies.
Todd added that the need for courses designed for entrepreneurial and innovative leaders is greater than ever: “As the aspirations of Indians change, more value has been placed on entrepreneurship education which aims to provide the required knowledge, skills and motivation to encourage entrepreneurial success.”