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Innovation Sprint

How do entrepreneurs make ideas happen?

Innovation Sprint (ISP.4)

Module 1
Dates 15. Mar - 11. Apr 2021
Module 2
Dates 15. - 16. Apr 2021
Duration 2 Days
Module 3
Dates 19. - 25. Apr 2021
3,900 €

Innovation Sprint (ISP.5)

Module 1
Dates 25. Oct - 19. Nov 2021
Module 2
Dates 24. - 25. Nov 2021
Duration 2 Days
Module 3
Dates 6. - 10. Dec 2021
3,900 €

Innovation Sprint

Blended executive education program in English

Creativity is an important element of innovation. However, driving innovation takes more than just generating novel ideas. It requires managers to expand their mind- and skill sets: They need to learn to start thinking from their customers’ perspective, instead of focusing on their products; they need to develop new solutions and business models, rather than gradual product improvements; they have to run simple, structured experiments to test mission-critical assumptions, instead of perfecting an idea for years in an isolated lab; and they must make decisions based on data, rather than biased opinions.

In this program, we will not only explore key elements of successful innovation but also “do” innovation: You will apply the latest thinking and agile principles to test, revise and refine your ideas and learn how to effectively pitch them and generate support from key stakeholders.   


Find all the program information at a glance in our PDF download.


Who should attend the program?

Executives with a background in engineering, business development, strategy, marketing, or sales who are eager to learn how to become an entrepreneur and to be able to quickly advance an idea inside a company.


Key benefits

You will learn how to think and act like an entrepreneur, how to advance new ideas inside and outside of your company, and how to turn those ideas into successful businesses. All ESMT programs are practice-oriented and create new perspectives. This means that you will profit from the current research being applied in business practice  – research that can be implemented once you return to your organization.



This 6-week blended journey consists of virtual and face-to-face learning components, including case studies, individual exercises, peer feedback and webinars.

Online: Connect and learn | 15 Mar - 11 Apr 2021 | 25 Oct - 19 Nov 2021 | 4 weeks, 3-4 hours per week
Start your online journey with your Program Director and peer group on our platform the HUB. Through videos, readings, practical exercises and constant feedback, explore the main strategies for creating, rapidly testing and iteratively improving innovative ideas, learn how to understand your customer needs and create scalable business models. Get ready to sell your ideas in the face-to-face phase in Berlin.

On Campus: Improve and practice | 15 - 16 Apr 2021 | 24 - 25 Nov 2021 | 2 full days on campus
Join us on campus for an unforgettable two-day Berlin experience. Gain further insights from our renowned faculty and get inspired from invited leading entrepreneurs. Last but not least, learn how to pitch your ideas to successful venture capitalists.

Online: Reflect on and give/receive feedback | 19 -25 Apr 2021 | 6 - 10 Dec 2021 | 1 week, 3-4 hours
In this one-week follow-up online phase, you reflect critically on your learning and provide constructive feedback on the performances of your peers. Back in office, review your idea with your team and try to execute it.


Key topics

  • Innovation in new and existing organizations
  • Generating ideas & adapting them to customer needs
  • Articulating and testing assumptions
  • Agile and lean principles for iterative and fast development
  • Developing scalable business models
  • Pitching and selling ideas


Postgraduate Diploma in Management

This program can also be taken as part of the Postgraduate Diploma in Management curriculum. Bring your career to the next level and gain the formal recognition of your professional development with this university-level certificate.

Innovation Sprint counts towards 4 of the 18 days necessary to receive the diploma.

Meet our teaching staff

The programs have been 
designed – and will be led –
by ESMT faculty members 
and ESMT visiting faculty. 
They will also guide and 
advise you throughout 
your studies.

Linus Dahlander

Professor of Strategy, Lufthansa Group Chair in Innovation, and Director of Research, ESMT Berlin

Lei Lu

Program Director, Executive Education, ESMT Berlin
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Innovation Sprint

Innovation Sprint: Overview

Your Program Advisor


​​​​​​​Beatrix Becker
Manager Business Development, ESMT Berlin

Phone: +49 30 21231 6205

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