The Master’s program in Open Innovation Management provides the skills to design and implement Open Innovation processes, starting from the idea to the realization of an entrepreneurial startup or (re)startup business project and the definition of its target network, with a focus on the issues of digital transformation and environmental and social sustainability.

The Master’s program is aimed at:

  • professionals, entrepreneurs and CEOs, who wish to apply the principles of Open Innovation both within their own reference work realities and as a consulting activity;
  • young graduates who wish to start new innovative entrepreneurial projects or acquire innovative project management skills particularly in demand in the labor market.

The Master’s program stems from the University of Padua’s long tradition of innovation generation, which boasts numerous awards and is at the forefront of initiating technology transfer processes and activities related to the Third Mission.
The transdisciplinary teaching model involves alternating seminar lectures,
testimonials from leading companies and professonists who have distinguished themselves for their ability to MAKE innovatione and practical/experimental activities.

“Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one’s thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world,” Goethe.

The Master’s in Open Innovation Management provides training from A to Z on themes of innovation, bringing together professionals, businesspeople, lecturers, and researchers, offering in-depth information on the following topics:

  • management;
  • science, technology (especially emerging technologies), and sustainability;
  • marketing and communications;
  • network building and maintenance;
  • design and art;
  • design thinking;
  • legal aspects;
  • funding;

During the lectures, theoretical insights will be interspersed with hands-on exercises, project work, and digital conversations featuring high-profile personal accounts, which students can experience in person or through the University of Padua’s e-learning platforms, in accordance with anti-COVID regulations.

The Master’s in Open Innovation Management is aimed at professionals, entrepreneurs and CEOs who hold positions of responsibility in the areas of governance, management, design, strategy, ICT, logistics, communications and marketing, innovation and development, sustainability and corporate social responsibility, in private companies and institutions, companies and public bodies, non-profit organisations, those who work as external consultants, as well as new graduates who want to enter into the field.

The Master’s course gives students the opportunity to gain the skills necessary to carry out various key roles in private companies and organisations, public companies and entities, and non-profit organisations, or to work as external consultants, including:

  • head of research and development;
  • digital transformation process manager;
  • open innovation manager;
  • business strategy innovation manager;
  • communications & marketing development manager;
  • business development manager;
  • managing director or top manager aiming to innovate and with a focus on sustainability.

The MOIM Master’s degree stems from the long tradition of generating Innovation at the University of Padua, which boasts numerous awards and is at the forefront of initiating Technology Transfer processes and activities related to the Third Mission.

The Master’s Degree in Open Innovation Management has a theoretical framework at its base that involves drawing on elements of technological innovation, strategic innovation, research in the cultural sectors of: art, design, literature, sociology, market trends, as well as the application of Technology Transfer, Knowledge Transfer and Design Thinking methodologies.

Classes scheduled:

  • Fabrizio Dughiero – Open Innovation: open innovation ecosystems
  • Fabrizio Dughiero – Open Innovation: genesis, management tools, processes
  • Silvia Rita Sedita – Open Innovation: business models
    Eleonora di Maria – Circular economy as a tool for value creation and innovation
  • Maurizio Bianchini – IP Rights and Open Innovation
  • Maddalena Mometti – Design Thinking (introduction and operational experiments)
  • Massimiamo Bucchi, Massimo Sideri – Innovation and society
    Stefano Carosio, Marta Goi – Advanced design: collaborative and open innovation projects in Horizon Europe Digital transformation
  • Pier Mattia Avesani, Francesco Vinelli – Digital Transformation
    Giovanni Baldassarri, Mattia Ciprian – Innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Jacopo Bonetto, Lorenzo Montagna – Virtual reality, augmented reality, immersive technologies for innovation
  • Marco Bettiol – Digital Experience & Marketing
  • Giovanni Baldassarri, Stefano Bianchi – Organizational design
  • Carlo Rossi Chauvenet – Data valorization and definition of legal relationships in the new business models of online enterprises
  • Mauro Conti, Matteo Brunati – Security and privacy aspects in modern and future technologies Communicating innovation
  • Angela Valori – Business Plan
  • Luca Barbieri – Communicating innovation
  • Piero Formica – The culture of innovation
  • Riccardo Borsari – AI, GDPR and Big Data

There will also be operational and verification moments dedicated to the development of project work guided by mentors and experiential activities.

The first edition of the MOIM Master’s degree a.y. 2021-2022 testified to the strong need on the part of stakeholders in the Italian territory to MAKE innovation by working synergistically and extending their creative scope of action to the entire cultural, economic and social context of their business or professional activity.

We discussed this during the event last July 8, where our director Fabrizio Dughiero dialogued with outstanding protagonists of innovation, but also throughout the year of classes. In fact, our students had the opportunity to engage with professors, managers and entrepreneurs who co-organized the educational journey.

Other highlights included participation in the TED x Padua conference and SMACT’s Digital Transformation Training workshop, educational activities in Virtual Reality, lectures organized in partnership with PwC, and the inauguration of SMACT’s Padua Live Demo. These were occasions when our members immersed themselves in the fabric of innovation to observe its dynamics and witness live presentations of new testing grounds and new products or services.

Particularly appreciated was the experience of developing their own entrepreneurial project, in collaboration with SMACT Competence Center, NICE Group and Le Village Padova of Crédit Agricole.

This is the opposite of the closed innovation model driven by the R&D division of companies or entities. It broadens the scope of innovation sources, drawing on both internal and external resources, crossing organisational boundaries and including a network of partners, customers, opinion leaders, suppliers, universities, and incubators in the innovation process.

In launching Open Innovation processes, it is important to avoid two common risks:

  •  the Innovation Theatre, in other words, when a company or organisation comes up with a digital transformation strategy without having the support of a big enough budget;
  • taking a Leap in the Dark, in other words, when a company or organization taps into an allocated budget before checking whether it has the necessary skills (internally or via its network) to apply the right innovation strategy or come up with the right organisational culture.

The steps for launching an Open Innovation process include:

  1. finding innovative ideas and potential partners;
  2. encourage the creation of a culture of innovation and a sense of entrepreneurship in the company;
  3. acquire strategic skills to initiate processes of digital transformation and sustainability – the so-called Green and Blue Transformations;
  4. initiate open innovation processes;
  5. master the processes and be able to launch Corporate VC and Corporate Accelerator initiatives.

Single course


Scientific innovation
€ 3.622,50
€ 2.400,00
Find the admission titles in the selection notice 23/24.


The MOIM Master’s in-person lectures will be held at the conference room and workshop area of SMACT, one of the 8 Industry 4.0 Competence Centers established in Italy at the urging of the Ministry of Economic Development.
SMACT Competence Center recently inaugurated “From Farm to Fork” in Padua: the largest Industry 4.0 technology demonstrator in Italy, entirely dedicated to the agrifood supply chain! Three thousand square meters for a “school factory” where entrepreneurs, researchers, managers and students will be able to experience the applications of artificial intelligence for the efficiency and sustainability of production processes.
A perfect place to MAKEinnovation in an Open Innovation perspective!
Other venues or guided tours to places of interest may also be considered in relation to specific educational activities.

The Master’s program has 70% compulsory attendance and is designed to be easily attended even by working professionals.
Classes will be held with an indicative frequency of 2 weekends per month, in dual synchronous and asynchronous mode and with innovative methodologies such as some lessons in Flipped Classroom or others will use Virtual and Augmented Reality Visors.
Class recordings will be available for enrollees on the course’s digital platformLinkedin page