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Les essentiels et la boite à outils pour futurs innovateurs

  • Teacher(s):   Y.Karcher  
  • English title: Essentials and toolbox for future innovators
  • Course given in: French
  • ECTS Credits: 3 credits
  • Schedule: Autumn Semester 2019-2020, 2.0h. course (weekly average)
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  • Related programmes:
    Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Management

    Bachelor (BSc) in Economic Sciences



This course is aimed to students motivated by the creation of a start up and/or new, innovative products or services in an established company (intrapreneurship). The course is open to Students, Bachelor Level 3rd year, from ALL FACULTIES (class size limits apply).

The objective of this module is achieved if students:

  • Have acquired simple tools and models to critically analyze a commercial opportunity, validate it and to establish a coherent business model
  • Know how and when to use these tools.
  • Understand how to efficiently implement an innovative project in a company, whether small or large, facing its own challenges.
  • Are able to pitch this project successfully to buyer, decision-makers or investors.

This course, integrating many other bachelor courses is practical and highly interactive. It has a natural continuation with the "Atelier d'entreprenariat" where these competences will be applied on real companies (start up, SME or corporates)


Through various models and real examples, this course shows the students how to create and develop an innovative opportunity, from client insights, a relevant value proposition, a supportive business model to an execution plan.

Students will frequently get in the entrepreneur shoes during and after the class, in teams or individually. Teaching will be very interactive. Creative thinking, engagement, curiosity and active participation of students will be critical to the learning.

This non-conventional course, mixing french and english, will alternate experience sharing (Yves Karcher has 30 years experience in innovation and execution), case studies, classic presentations, group work, external interviews, individual and group presentations to the rest of the class who will critically judge form and content.

This very intense class, requiring solid engagement from participants, will take place on wednesdays from sept 18th to Nov 6th from 14h15 to 18h00 at Anthropole/2013. The duration of 4 hours allows to deep dive by combining theory with practical exercices during the same session.

The tools and models include : Value Proposition Design, Business Model Canvas, Design Thinking, Star Model (Galbraith), Where to Play, Doblin Model, "pitches"


Business Model Canvas, A. Osterwalder & Y. Pigneur

Value Proposition Design, A. Osterwalder & Y. Pigneur

The art of the Start, Guy Kawasaki

Lean Startup, Eric Ries

Designing Organizations, Jay Galbraith.

Additionnal références (books, articles, podcasts, videos...) will be posted on Moodle during the semester.


  • read, understand and speak business english and french
  • motivation for entrepreneurship
  • willingness to engage in the course
  • be ready to collaborate in team and talk in public
  • ability to self-organize and coordinate teamwork. Course structure will not be strict.
  • Basic financial notions: Balance Sheet, P&L, Budgeting.


First attempt

Without exam (cf. terms)  

Continuous grading

  • team work, pitch in front of class
  • class participation (verbal contribution and on Moodle)
  • in-class case studies, individual written answers (no computing means)


Without exam (cf. terms)  

case study, individual written answers and pitch

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