Master in Startup Management and Entrepreneurship

The global competitive landscape has undergone a dramatic revolution in these very last years. From a resource-based approach to competition, we’ve transitioned to a winner-takes-it-all scenario in which, paradoxically, startups and entrepreneurs stand a better a chance of success. Big players, in turn, face now a completely different pace of disruption with more agile, flexible players willing to fight for their customer base. It’s the startup revolution.

These new type of competition require a new type of managers and entrepreneurs, combining a deep sense of creativity, innovation and a hands-on approach to management with a solid understanding of the new drivers of success and the impact of the new digital business models on traditional operating processes. Entrepreneurs willing to constantly challenge conventional wisdom and status quo to creat new types of value generation for a globalized market.

The ASPIRE Master in Startup Management and Entrepreneurshipis specifically designed to serve this new generation of managers in this challenging task: new managers for a new economy.

Why study MESM at Aspire Business School?

The ASPIRE Master in Startup Management and Entrepreneurship offers the possibility to get in contact with a solid and outstanding base of faculty members coming from a diversified set of industries, with a hands-on approach to management and a proven track record as entrepreneurs, business angels and specialized consultants in a comprehensive set of corporate areas.

The program combines a cutting-edge approach to new theoretical frameworks for the digital entrepreneurship with an applied perspective to in-class experience.

The Aspire’s MSME focuses on a set complimentary goals.

  • Provide participants with a solid understanding of the new business models and type of competitors arising from the new digital scenario
  • Reinforce the theoretical guidelines required for a new generation of entrepreneurs to successfully manage startup projects from its initial stages to a desired revenue-generating situation.
  • Gain insights on the new type of professionals and managerial skills required to successfully take part in the new entrepreneurial economy
  • Be in contact with successful chain entrepreneurs and learn from their experiences
  • Help develop the participant’s career path by understanding industry specifics and forecasted evolution

The methodology used in the programs of ASPIRE is based on the combination of practical training and theoretical knowledge, and further requires the active participation of students with their opinions and views. Based on this, all participants are encouraged to analyze and solve case studies based on real and simulated business situations for training purposes.

The Student participation and teamwork are an essential element in the development of the program. This deepens and enriches the training, as it complements the diversity of opinions and experiences of the participants. In this sense, good teamwork is essential in the development, preparation and presentation of the Business Plan as the FMT project in which all the skills and knowledge acquired during the development of the program are integrated. The project encourages the ability to develop strategic vision and entrepreneurial spirit of the Student.

Using a virtual campus provides permanent access to all the resources needed for learning, in addition to update information on the planning of courses, assessment of student progress and direct contact with the teaching staff.

Introduction to Business Management218
CoreEntrepreneurial Skills218
Strategy and Innovation
Competitive Strategy and Analysis327
CoreStrategic Innovation327
CoreBusiness Model Generation327
CoreDesign Thinking and Lean Management218
Corporate Management
Operations Management327
CoreFinancial Management and Venture Capital436
CoreProject Management327
CoreMarketing Management327
CoreManagerial IT Tools218
CoreIntroduction to Business Analytics19
Growth Management218
CoreDisruptive Innovation and Technology218
CoreInbound Marketing218
CoreDigital Startup Seminars436
Business Simulation Game327
CoreFinal Master Thesis2nd16Final Master Thesis16
AreaRequired (minimum)Documentation
AcademicInternational-NON Eu students: BA, BSc, BScIT, BSc Engineering,.EU & UK Students: Bachelor Degree. For UK students, BA and BSc holders (mandatory enrollment for   preparatory courses may apply)Certified copy of degree
Work Experience3 year working experience, considerin internshipsLetter of reference from employer
English ProficiencyIELTS: 6.0 (minimum of 5.0 in all components)TOEFL (paper-based): overall score of 600 with a Test of Written English score of 5.5TOEFL (internet-based): overall score between 87-109 with component scores of at least 20.Cambridge English First (FCE)Applicants from a recognized majority English speaking countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.(If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive Pre-sessional English course.)Certified copy of title.


Application fee (non-refundable, paid with application)200 EUR
Tuition Fee for the Program (60 ECTS credits)10,000 EUR
Application fee (non-refundable, paid with application)
Minimum Advance tuition Payment5,000 EUR


Application fee (non-refundable, paid with application)200 EUR
Tuition Fee for the Program (60 ECTS credits)14,000 EUR
Application fee (non-refundable, paid with application)
Minimum Advance tuition Payment7,000 EUR
  • Master´s Program Duration: = One Academic Year
  • A 10% discount may be applied if the student chooses to pay the full amount at the time of program acceptance.
  • *Payment installment plans are available. Please contact EU's Administration Department for further details.


Aspire is committed to provide students with global education, and we believe that financing can help attract best-in-class students who are ambitious and deserve a merit-based scholarship. For incoming students, these scholarships are granted after careful consideration, including academic merit and the social-economic status of a student. The amount awarded is at the discretion of Aspire Business School Barcelona administration but cannot exceed 50% of the annual tuition fees of the program. All national, international and transfer students are eligible for the following grants. You can apply for ONE scholarship only, so we recommend that you review the conditions of each option carefully.

Women in STEM Scholarship

Open to: WIS Scholarship is awarded to exceptional female candidates whose academic and professional merits help them to demonstrated leadership in their community, academic institution, or place of work.

Candidates will be considered based on their Personal Statement where the applicants will need to describe how pursuing the studies at Aspire will affect their career and personal life. Candidates should also describe their understanding of why women must be part of business life.

Merit Scholarship

Open to: Students who can demonstrate excellent academic or professional results related to the career of their choice.

Candidates will be considered based on recommendation letters from former professors or colleagues and on their Personal Statement where the applicants will need to describe how pursuing the studies at ABS will affect their career and personal life. Candidates should also describe how the academic merit and professional success has provided them with leadership potential.

Please choose your scholarship and then email the completed corresponding application form to your admissions officer or at with the rest of the documents required for admission. Please also include:

A copy of your most current CV or provide us with a brief history of your previous employment or work placements/internships.

Please attach any relevant supporting documents to strengthen your application (e.g. job references, professors’ references, transcripts). All references and any supporting documentation must be sent as part of your full application.

Through the ASPIRE’s MSME participants shall be prepared to face their future careers as entrepreneurs or work in the startup ecosystem. At the end of their study period, participants might typically consider a career in the following work fields:

  • Entrepreneurs
  • Startup middle managers
  • Specialized consultants
  • Venture Capitalists
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