The MBA has a structure that enables participants to transform their business idea into a concrete business plan:
Business Idea Competition – Concept
In advance to the Initial Boot Camp, all MBA candidates participate in the Business Idea Competition where they present their business ideas to a panel of investors who judge the economic viability and social-environmental impact. This is the occasion for participants to link up with investors and start developing a trustful relationship.
Initial Boot Camp – Structuring the Business Model
The MBA starts with the Initial Boot Camp, which comprises of 8 days of intensive classes. Participants attend Business Model Design and Basic Accounting courses and assist to guest speakers from the entrepreneurial world. In this opening week of intensive study, each participant, guided by international lecturers and mentors, scrutinizes his/her business idea. Participants are aided in identifying the idea's strengths and weaknesses and then structure out a business model, using the Canvas template: this work provides the base upon which day-to-day improvement is undertaken. At the end of the Boot Camp, during the Business Model Canvas Competition, each student presents his/her business model in front of a panel of investors. During this event they receive feedbacks from investors to improve their business models.
Long Weekends and distance learning – Testing the business model
Participants access to online courses and develop nd validate a specific component of the business model. They also meet in class for 3 long weekends where they attend lectures, meet the Business Coach, investors and mentors.
Middle Boot Camp – Validating the Business Model
The Middle Boot Camp is an intensive week of lectures, group projects and moments of mentorship and coaching and is designed to help participants hone their Business Model. MBA participants attend courses, among which Business Strategy and Scaling, Social Impact Measurement and Entrepreneurial Finance, delivered by an international faculty. In addition to lectures and interactive group work, participants benefit from special sessions of mentorship and coaching on the Business Model. Business models are ultimately challenged and validated: weaknesses are fixed, strengths are optimized and the way forward the business model paved.
Business Model Competition
At the end of the Middle Boot Camp, MBA participants take part in the Business Model Competition, where they present their business models to investors in order to show them the actual improvement on the initial business idea. This is the occasion for participants to convince investors that their business "can fly".
Long Weekends and distance learning – Towards the Business Plan
Participants access to online courses on implementing strategy. They also meet in class for 3 long weekends in class for coaching activities and field visits.
Final Boot Camp – Starting off
The Final Boot Camp is the final intensive week of lectures, where each participant refines his/her business plan with mentors and lecturers and develop a well-structured presentation for investors.
Business Plan Competition
At the end of the Final Boot Camp, MBA participants refine a full-fledged business plan and prepare a pitch for investors. They present their pitch to a panel of local and international investors with aim to rise investments and start or scale up their businesses.
MBA PROGRAM STRUCTURE
The training method for the MBA courses consists of:
The MBA courses are divided into two main categories:
Business Courses, aimed at developing, testing and validating the business model and at acquiring specific managerial knowledge. Business Courses entail both business assignments and traditional examinations
Business Labs, aimed at providing hands-on business management and development experience, at acquiring personal business skills, writing the business plan and developing relations with investors. Business Labs do not entail traditional examinations.
The course includes discussion and final presentation of the business plan which will be assessed by an examination board.
Classes will be taught by professors from Italian, African and other international professors as well as by expert professionals and managers and will include a wide variety of corporate testimonials.
Scientific Director: MARIO MOLTENI (CEO E4Impact Foundation and Professor of Business Administration, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Milan, Italy).