Startup projects

Help an early-stage, high-tech venture develop its business plan or move to its next stage. Projects cover diverse sectors and issues, such as developing the market entry strategy for a biomedical product; fine-tuning the value system for a SAP service company; or identifying the channels to market a new loudspeaker technology.

In the most recent Swiss Top 100 report, IMD-supported startups captured 31 of the top 100 places, and 6 of the startups are in the top 10.

A good learning opportunity for our participants

Many of us may never choose entrepreneurship as a career, but I am convinced that regardless of the path we choose, the skills and mindset built in the startup projects will serve us well in dealing with complex business challenges.

Kunal Chandra

MBA 2016, Indian
Siemens CEO Program Associate


Discovery Expeditions

Continue to discover the issues and trends underlying economic and societal developments that will shape industries and markets in a region where you may be considering a career. 2017 destinations offered a choice of Dubai and Singapore, China, and Japan, or Mexico and USA. A typical ten-day trip includes:

  • discussions with academics and society leaders regarding politics, society, economics & business issues
  • company visits & cultural events
  • participant research activity related to sectors, businesses & stakeholder issues
  • presentation of NTF material during an alumni networking event

International consulting projects (ICP)

Complete a substantial strategy assessment and implementation recommendations for corporate clients and NGOs. Since IMD started the MBA ICPs in 1980, we have completed over 600 projects for 350+ companies across 5 continents. Teams are supported by an IMD faculty member and work with senior management and a company-appointed project leader.

Develop strategy and implementation recommendations

Our project for SEWA India made a real and lasting contribution to the lives of women in the Delhi slums - it also changed ours.

Stephanie Holmes Weg

MBA 2010, German
Co-founder, Ynovation, Germany