Master's EAT

The first investment an entrepreneur makes is in themself.

In today’s world, but even more so in the world of tomorrow, acquiring only technical skills is no longer sufficient in order to succeed in the professional world: to achieve a real competitive advantage, it’s essential to develop transversal skills and relationships.

Why master's EAT

Entrepreneurial skills can be used in any professional context. This is why the master’s EAT has a transdisciplinary structure that covers a wide and varied range of thematic areas.

The diversity of the student body is very peculiar.

All projects are team-based. In the real world, in companies, most products or services and other initiatives are created by cross-functional teams, composed of people from different functional areas within a company.

The Master in Entrepreneurship and Applied Technologies has engineering, business, art, social and political science, science, medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, law majors and others in our classes.

By taking part in the Master in Entrepreneurship and Applied Technologies, you will be in direct contact with entrepreneurs, businesses and Europe’s most cutting-edge startups, internationally renowned professors, young innovators. All within a single location that facilitates the exchange of ideas, stimuli, best practices, and experiences, which provide our students with inspiration for their future careers.

People are not born as entrepreneurs, they can be trained to become one.

Codified knowledge like the knowledge in textbooks can be transferred and absorbed relatively easy. Tacit knowledge, which is knowledge gained through experience can only be gained through learning by doing.

Students are immersed in real-world projects solving problems or investigating issues that entrepreneurs at H-FARM experience or the students themselves when starting their own venture.

The master’s program has an innovative educational approach that is closely linked to the world of business.

The master’s EAT program covers content that is typically taught in colleges of engineering or design (creativity and design), in the courses New Venture Formation and Venture Capital and Private Equity students will discuss the legal forms of business organization, intellectual property rights, security laws and term sheets.
departments of economics (in strategic entrepreneurship students will talk about market types and market structures and price setting and equilibria), colleges of public policy (support mechanisms of governments for new venture creation such as grants, government-backed loans, small business development centers that advise and train entrepreneurs, research parks, laws to stimulate tech transfer from universities and government laboratories).

The master’s EAT program breaks down silos, and that’s why we invite business people, lawyers, creative people like engineers, scientists and designers, people with advertising and public relations backgrounds into the classroom.

After this Master, you will be able to

  • Identify opportunities linked to new technologies

 

  • Create strategies for bringing innovative products and services to the market

 

  • Develop vertical skills for the creation of new businesses

 

  • Design financial strategies to raise the funds needed to launch new businesses

 

Accreditation

AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) grants internationally-recognized accreditation for undergraduate degree courses, Masters and doctorates in Business and Accounting.

The AACSB accreditation standards represent an achievement of excellence through continuous improvements within its programs.

AACSB accreditation is globally considered to be the highest form of professional recognition that a business school can achieve.

Schools with AACSB accreditation boast the best professors and the most challenging and relevant educational programs. Students have access to professional opportunities that no other business schools can offer. Only 5% of business schools in the world can claim this esteemed recognition.

Courses

The master’s EAT is composed of 10 courses. Each course delivers 3 US credits (6 EU credits or ECTS).

The program’s courses will be managed and delivered through the Canvas platform. Each course will have its own section, where students can view the course schedule, assignments and reading materials and case studies. The platform will be managed and hosted by USF.

2021 - 2022

Course list

Prof. Michael Fountain
ENT 6186 – September 2021

This course enables students to gain an in-depth understanding of advanced techniques used to analyze the technological merits and market opportunities for new inventions developed from patented innovations. It is designed to examine strategic opportunities for commercialization of new inventions. Both market assessments for new inventions, as well as competitive technology tools, will be developed using online programs, in-depth field studies and classroom discussions.  The course is designed to develop advanced market problem-solving skills, critical decision making processes for commercializing intellectual properties and new technologies, and technology planning skills beneficial in multiple disciplines.

3 US Credits

Prof. James Taylor
ENT 6016 – October 2021

An overview of the new venture creation process, this course is intended to provide new MS EAT and MBA students with a basic understanding of the entrepreneurial process of venture creation and innovation. Lectures and selected case studies are combined with experienced guest speakers to give students a rich understanding of the challenges facing entrepreneurs.

3 US Credits

Prof. Lei Zhang
ENT 6415 – November 2021

The course focuses on critical skills necessary to develop appropriate financing strategies for new venture creation and growth. Students will use case studies and team projects to gain an appreciation of the different ways to finance a startup. Three primary topics are an overview of the entrepreneurial finance process and involved players, performing business valuations and securities law with emphasis on developing term sheets and private placement memorandums. Student teams will complete a valuation and mock securities offering for an existing small to mid-size business. Financial valuations and terms sheets developed by student teams will be presented to a panel of venture capital and business angel professionals for evaluation and critique.

3 US Credits

Prof. Anna Cabigiosu
Prof. Anna Moretti
ENT 6606 – December 2021

This course focuses on new product development process from invention to commercialization of technology products. Topics include intellectual property, product design, manufacturing process patent process, licensing, market assessment, and commercialization. Students will use case studies and team projects in the course of study.

3 US Credits

Prof. Michael Fountain
Prof. Lei Zhang
ENT 6930 – January 2022

This course is designed to enable the student to gain an in-depth understanding of the options which entrepreneurs and established business leaders may use to exit their business enterprises. It is also designed to explore the various options which may be used by entrepreneurs at various stages of their company’s development. Emphasis will be placed on the exit from the founder/owner’s perspective. Examination will be made of the legal and financial consequences of the various business exits available to the business owner. The course will utilize external knowledge experts, engaged team activities and detailed business case analyses. The course is designed to prepare the student for the inevitability of transitioning ownership and exiting their companies. We will explore family-owned businesses, private-business sales, public offerings and bankruptcy (restructuring and liquidation).

3 US Credits

Prof. Laura Bordin
ENT 6611 – February 2022 

Design process or genius? How to design a successful product or service, when the offer of products or services is so incredibly rich? Design thinking became the answer. Designers, companies and even governments are using it to better know their users, their needs and their aspirations, in order to offer them worthwhile experiences. Students will transform their ideas into a concrete project through some of the most used methods of design thinking – user research, personas, customer journeys, prototypes and user tests – combined with lateral thinking exercises that will enhance their creativity.

3 US Credits

Prof. Chiara Mio
Prof. Marco Fasan
ENT 6501 – March 2022

The course discusses how sustainability impacts value creation. Social and environmental dimensions are more and more relevant in determining the creation and the success of enterprises. Students will discuss the following themes: stakeholder engagement; business modelling from a sustainability perspective; shared value; impact assessment and sustainability reporting.

3 Crediti US

Prof. Dirk Libaers
ENT 6126 – April 2022

Students acquire an in-depth understanding of the strategic planning process and theories of competitive advantage and opportunity recognition. The course is taught from a ‘corporate entrepreneurship’ perspective: how existing business ventures grow and transform themselves through identifying and pursuing new opportunities outside of their core business.

3 US Credits

Prof. Dirk Libaers
ENT 6116 – May 2022

The first part of the course focuses on developing the effective written and oral communication skills students will need in preparing and presenting their business plans to investors. The second part of the course is focused on how to develop an effective business plan. Student teams will develop a business plan for either an opportunity developed by students or one by an entrepreneur in the local community. Business plans developed by student teams will be presented before a panel of local entrepreneurs for evaluation and critique in a business plan competition format.

3 US Credits

Prof. Timothy O’Connell
ENT 6947 – June 2022

Advanced Topics in Entrepreneurship is an individualized capstone course that typically consists of an internship (report required at the end of the semester) in a local startup where students need to apply all the concepts and skills learned in the other courses and be an active member in the startup. Alternatively, if students are in the process of creating a startup, we require a full-fledged business plan ready to be pitched to investors.

3 US Credits

Faculty

Internationally-recognized professors from the University of South Florida, H-FARM professionals and docents from the H-FARM network.

Exchange program

Master’s students have the opportunity to take part in an exchange program in which the five best students from the H-FARM campus are invited to spend a semester in Florida at the USF campus, thus allowing them to attend half of the program’s courses abroad.

All students attending the master's program at the H-FARM campus will obtain the degree directly from the University of South Florida, spending the last month on the USF campus.

During the exchange program students can take part in activities and visited the USF Center for Entrepreneurship, the university incubators and private venture accelerators and investors in the Tampa Bay area.

USF will cover the cost of these students’ accommodation (the students will cover their own travel costs).