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Why wait until the end of your studies to become an entrepreneur? School offers on the contrary, a fertile breeding ground for entrepreneurship. The importance of building a solid network at controlessential entrepreneurial skills, setting up your own business requires a lot more than just motivation. Put all the chances on your side and join our Master of Science MSc In. Entrepreneuriat & Innovation to prepare you for your project.

Tips on how to become an entrepreneur


Tip 1: Find a good idea

Success often depends on the ability to turn an idea into a viable business. It starts with identifying an innovative idea or a unique solution to an existing problem, which is the foundation of any successful business.


Tip 2: Conduct market research

It’s essential to start by drawing up a well-structured plan, coupled with thorough market research. Understanding your target audience, analyzing the competition and knowing the market landscape are essential to positioning your company strategically.


Tip 3: Know how to manage

An understanding of accounting principles, prudent resource management and the preparation of a detailed financial plan are essential to the health and development of the business.


Tip 4: Create a network

Establishing contacts with other entrepreneurs and seeking out experienced mentors can offer valuable support and save a lot of time, as well as giving rise to new growth opportunities.


Tip 5: Stay open

Flexibility and adaptability are invaluable qualities when setting up your own business. Being able to adapt quickly to new trends, technologies and market changes is crucial to staying ahead of the game.


Main differences between being a micro-entrepreneur, auto-entrepreneur and student-entrepreneur


The terms “micro-entrepreneur” and “auto-entrepreneur” refer to the same status. Initially known as the “auto-entrepreneur”, thisregime has been renamed “micro-entrepreneur” in 2016. This is a simplified status for sole traders, offering streamlined management, with VAT exemption up to a certain threshold and a sales ceiling(€188,700 for sales of goods and €77,700 for services). This status is ideal for small-scale activities, freelancers and those wishing to test a business idea with limited financial risk.

The student-entrepreneur status, on the other hand, is specifically designed for students or young graduates who want to start a business while continuing their studies or just after graduation.after This status offers advantages such as personalized supportWe offer a wide range of services, including access to coworking spaces, and the possibility of replacing an internship with the development of one’s own entrepreneurial project. It’s an opportunity for young entrepreneurs to develop their ideas with a safety net and support tailored to their academic situation.

How to qualify for national student-entrepreneur status (SNEE)

To obtain student-entrepreneur status, students and recent graduates under 28 must submit an entrepreneurial project to one of the 30 Pôles Étudiant pour l’Innovation, le Transfert et l’Entrepreneuriat (PEPITE) in their region. Once accepted, they receive personalized support from two tutors (a teacher and an external mentor), access to coworking spaces and the opportunity to integrate their project into their academic curriculum. What’s more, this status offers dedicated entrepreneurial training and access to a network of professionals and other entrepreneurs.


The national student-entrepreneur status, which is open to any type of project (individual or collective enterprise, business start-up or takeover), is therefore a valuable opportunity to combine studies and entrepreneurship, offering the tools and support needed to successfully develop an entrepreneurial project.


The best studies for becoming an entrepreneur before completing your training


Choosing the right course of study is crucial for those who aspire to become entrepreneurs even before completing their training. Programs focusing on business, management, innovation and entrepreneurship are particularly beneficial.


Study 1: Business and Management

Business school and management courses prepare students for the challenges of the business world, imparting skills in finance, marketing and strategy.


Etude 2 : Informatique

For those interested in tech or the start-up sector, studies in computer science, engineering or information technology can prove invaluable.


Study 3: Innovation and Entrepreneurship

More and more universities and business schools are offering specialized entrepreneurship programs, providing practical knowledge and direct exposure to the world of entrepreneurship.


Would you like to become an entrepreneur and make your dreams come true? Follow our Master of Science MSc In. Entrepreneuriat & Innovation for acquire all the skills and know-how of the business world.

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