Entrepreneurship and Innovation Summer School - 2 weeks program​​



This intensive two-weeks intensive program featuring an intensive program of specialized studies in international entrepreneurship, combined with innovation and technology, in a multicultural environment.

An entrepreneurial environment will take place. students will have the opportunity to gain experience by exploring Swiss and International SME’s and start-ups by analysing international entrepreneurship environment. This focus on visionary and entrepreneurial thinking will provide participants the capabilities to undertake entrepreneurial and organizational activities. Participants will learn the characteristics of entrepreneurs and how entrepreneurial activity systems are designed.

They will also learn how to apply and use the entrepreneurial model of vision in order to understand entrepreneurial behaviour in multicultural environments and use it as a basis to develop their own system of visionary and entrepreneurial thinking.



Students who successfully complete this summer school module will be awarded an official certificate of participation from the School of Management Fribourg Switzerland. In addition, students will earn ETCS validated by our partner universities.

• To provide the knowledge, tools and conceptual framework needed to undertake entrepreneurial activities in an international environment
• To offer a course of study in a topic related to entrepreneurship, innovation and SMEs, which present students an international experience through a global entrepreneurial ecosystem

Students of the immersion program should have an interest in entrepreneurship with international background and

can act entrepreneurially. Students should be able to identify business opportunities. Regardless if student become an entrepreneur in the future, the course should stimulate potential entrepreneurial behaviour.

• This program focuses on undergraduate students with excellent academic achievement.
• English Skills, at B1 European level or higher are essential.
• Previous knowledge of Entrepreneurial activities, International relation or new business are taken into account.
Please contact our international office in order to have more information.

Fees include

Lectures; Documentation; Company visits; Transport form our School to the companies; Networking events; outdoor event and 2 weeks’ accommodation.
• Classroom Participation 40%
• Case Studies & Assignments 40%
• Assistance 20%.
In order to complete the summer school experience, we organize every year different company visits as part of the program, Global Start-ups, SM’Es and Swiss traditional companies. As: Creaholic, Marley Innovation Center, Hublot, etc.


International Team

Carlos Da Silva Marques.bmpCARLOS DA SILVA MARQUES

Holds a PhD in Technology Management and Entrepreneurship obtained from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale California (USA), Carlos Marques Da Silva has a mission to establish and develop the Innovation Lab (space dedicated to students who want to start their business). He is also participating in the creation and development of the International Skill Center, Business Model Innovation (Blue Factory). He is active in many organizations: he directs The Founder in Lisbon and works as a consultant for ExpandGlobe.

Louis Jacques Filion.bmp LOUIS JACQUES FILION 
Louis Jacques Filion is the Rogers-J.A. Professor of Entrepreneurship at HEC MONTREAL, the Montreal Business School. His specialty is entrepreneurship. His academic background includes a BA (Classics) from St-Laurent College (University of Montreal) (1966), a BA (Honours) in Political Science from the University of Ottawa (1968), an M.A. in International Studies from the University of Ottawa (1974), an MBA from H.E.C. Montreal (1976) and a PhD in Entrepreneurship and Systems from the University of Lancaster, Great Britain (1988). Dr. Filion’s broad professional experience in entrepreneurship and management includes the fields of human resources, operations management and marketing. He has created and managed small businesses. In 2004, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Council of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (CCSBE - CCPME) for his contribution to the field of entrepreneurship. In 2008 he received the prestigious Entrepreneurship Promotion Emeritus Award in recognition of his career-long commitment to promoting of an entrepreneurial culture among young people.

Andrei Villarroel.bmpANDREI VILLARROEL 

Professor, author, and speaker in the field of crowdsourcing/crowdfunding, innovation management and strategy. In 2011, he was keynote speaker in innovation at the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) Deans and Directors Meeting —gathering more than 300 leaders of business schools worldwide—, where he addressed the importance of crowdsourcing for the future of organizations. He has chaired several symposia on crowdsourcing at the Academy of Management (since 2007), and conducts research with industry players. He has been on the faculty at Católica-Lisbon School of Business and Economics, and has acted as visiting faculty at the University of Pennsylvania Organizational Dynamics, visiting scholar at MIT Center for Collective Intelligence, and International Faculty Fellow at MIT Sloan School of Management.

Rico Baldegger.bmpRICO BALDEGGER

Professor of Managment and Management and Entrepreneurship at the School of Management. Fribourg, Rico J. Baldegger directs the School of Management Fribourg. He graduated from the
University of St Gallen and obtained his doctorate from the University of Fribourg. He is the author of numerous publications on entrepreneurship, internationalization of SMEs and the reorganization of family businesses. Moreover, he is a serial entrepreneur, as is demonstrated by the many companies he has created.


Elmar Mock.bmpELMAR MOCK

Elmar Mock is an engineer in microtechnology at the Higher Technical School of Bienne. He was, with Jacques Müller, co-inventor of the Swatch watch, under the direction of Ernst Thomke in the late 1970s, before founding his own engineering and technical consultation company in Bienne called “Creaholic” in 1986. For over 20 years, a team of innovators, thinkers, designers, prototype makers and technologists has generated ideas and worked hard to turn them into successful commercial realities. Creaholic has completed over 600 projects for dozens of companies, created several spin-offs and generated over 150 patents in various fields.


Christophe Schmitt.bmpCHRISTOPHE SCHMITT

Christophe Schmitt holds the chair of Entrepreneurship at the University of Lorraine. He works in the field of student entrepreneurial culture development. He developed tools and methods such as IDéO in order to evaluate the potential of business opportunities. He has also written several articles and published books about entrepreneurship. His latest book deals with the notion of value of products and services in SMEs. 


Markus Schneider has more than 18 years’ experience in entrepreneurship, business development, venture finance and sales & marketing. He is the founder and CEO of several startup companies, including most recently Snaphaven, Inc, a cloud computing application, Performancebase.com; Tribeca Labs, a digital imaging company and XPEX, Inc., a multilingual business intelligence software company. His success stories include the U.S. launch of the revolutionary DigiCard (voted as one of the “10 Coolest New Products” by Wired magazine in 1998), for which he created a multimillion-dollar market in just 18 months. He consults and advises a number of emerging companies, representing either the investors or the founding team. Before embarking on his entrepreneurial career, he was one of WIT Capital Group Inc.`s first employees. Markus has a degree in Business Administration from the School of Business Administration, Fribourg.

Jean-Marie is a highly qualified executive with academic background and extensive international experience, having more than 16 years of executive management, business development, sales & marketing, financial and controlling experience within corporate and start-up environment. His experience spans both at the operational and board level.
Since co-founding Dartfish in early 1999, he led the company as Chairman & CEO until he moved his position to Managing Director for Sales and Marketing in 2003, and focused on promoting sales and marketing and business development until January 2007. Since early this year Jean-Marie executes his new role of developing a new strategic path for the company. 

Additional Information


Switzerland has a great deal to offer: cultural diversity, multilingualism, stunning scenery and, of course, its people. It has four national languages, (German, French, Italian and Rumantsch) Switzerland prides itself on its high standard of publicly-funded education. Switzerland’s economy is based on a highly qualify labor force performing highly skilled work. The main areas include micro-technology, hi-tech, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, as well as banking and insurance. Small and medium-sized enterprises play an extremely important role in the Swiss economy.

the city  

The city of Fribourg (in French) and Freiburg (in German) is the bilingual capital of the Swiss Canton of Fribourg and the district of Sarine . It is located on the banks of the River Sarine / Saane on the Swiss plateau, and is an important economic, administrative, and educational center on the cultural border between the German- and French-speaking regions of Switzerland. Fribourg is known for its cultural plurality, its university and its gastronomy. The increasing number of students living in Fribourg has also had an invigorating eff ect on what it has to off er culturally and artistically as well as its night life. Fribourg is especially popular with students: its bilingualism (French and German) present a major plus for students keen on picking up an additional language. Besides, Fribourg serves as a link between the German- and French-speaking regions of Switzerland, which is clearly in its culture.




The Swiss railway network extends over 20,300 km (12,600 miles), not including an additional 2,000 (1,240 miles) of private railways. Its public transportation system belongs to the best worldwide as it integrates train, bus and boat travel seamlessly and offers high levels of comfort.
Depending on your traveling plans, there are different types of tickets available. For more information, please visit the Swiss Railway website.
You will be among the different partners we have either:

Students Residence


Host families or Shared apartments:

Cost for flights is about 1,200 USD for a return ticket.
You must ensure that your insurance covers all major risks in
Switzerland (especially health insurance, international coverage).
Please book our offer at your international program office.





International Office
School of Management Fribourg
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June - July 2019

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