CAS ETH Entrepreneurial Leadership in Technology Ventures (CAS ETH ELTV)

Eidgenossische Technische Hochschule Zürich, ETHZ

LocationZürich, Zurich region, Switzerland
CategoryEconomics / Business

Certificates of Advanced Studies

CAS programmes aim to give greater depth or interdisciplinary breadth to an original academic qualification. They are aimed at university graduates who are working and wish to enhance their professional skills or specialise in a particular subject. They correspond to at least 10 ECTS credits and 150 contact hours and may involve written project work or a thesis. They are organised in the form of block courses or courses on fixed days of the week and last one to two years.

Certificate of Advanced Studies

This description is only available in English.


Technology, Management & Innovation

The CAS ETH ELTV develops expertise in entrepreneurial strategy while building the leadership skills required to found, grow, and lead science-driven and technology-based ventures.

Programme structure

Programme description

The CAS ETH ELTV develops expertise in bringing technological innovations to the market and leading entrepreneurial ventures. It is tailored to innovative and deep-tech ventures and their specific challenges: complexity, uncertainty, and high resource needs. Participants benefit from research-based education, peer learning, interactive methods and custom-tailored coaching by experienced practitioners, both in further developing their business and in becoming effective leaders of or within a venture.


The programme aims to strengthen the entrepreneurial mind-set, aspirations, and strategising skills of participants with predominantly scientific or engineering backgrounds as well as to develop their company-building knowledge, operational competencies and leadership skills. The CAS ELTV equips participants to create and manage technology ventures while at the same time providing opportunities to build strong networks with other start-up owners and ecosystem players.

Professional perspectives

Successful graduates will be able to leverage their knowledge and skills for a number of professional opportunities in technology-based enterprises. The programme prepares participants for roles as founders, CEOs or other top management team members in technology start-ups, but also for careers as corporate entrepreneurs, innovation project leaders, or technology strategists in established technology companies.

Programme structure

The programme has three building blocks: ten days of core knowledge building (five modules Friday/Saturday); a one-week international study trip to another entrepreneurial ecosystem; and custom-tailored coaching and mentoring directed both at personal development and at a specific business project concluding with a defence.

Additional information

  • Method of Instruction: key feature of the CAS is its use of "Blended Learning" - wherein participants access key knowledge components online to study at their own speed at home. The in-class meetings will then be used to discuss key issues and problems and reflect on the material studied and prepared. Through a blended approach, the on-campus time is used to meet your peers and the lecturers to discuss professional challenges and solutions and apply knowledge in interactive exercises.
  • Contemporary executive education methods: interactive classes with an application-focused style of instruction.
  • Five knowledge modules: Entrepreneurial Strategy & Lean Innovation, Entrepreneurial Leadership, Entrepreneurial Marketing & Sales, New Venture Finance, Legal Aspects.
  • An international study trip: Five days of immersion in an international entrepreneurial ecosystem, with strategic networking opportunities and the polishing of pitching and communication skills.
  • Custom coaching and mentoring: During the entire CAS, custom-tailored coaching by accomplished practitioners.

    Tuition languages

    English: 100 %


    Certificate of Advanced Studies ’CAS ETH in Entrepreneurial Leadership in Technology Ventures (CAS ETH ELTV)’

    Credit points

    15 ECTS credit points

    If space permits, individual modules of the CAS can be attended against a pro-rata fee by persons who are not enrolled in the CAS. Admission will be decided based on the application dossier.

    Target group and requirements

    Target group

    Early-career professionals in technology businesses who aim to sharpen their entrepreneurial thinking and skills.
    Participants will be actively developing technology-based business opportunities and/or setting up technology ventures (e.g. ETH pioneer fellows) during the course.


    Master’s degree recognised by ETH, or equivalent qualification. Candidates should be involved in the set-up and management of a technology-based venture, or else provide documentation of their strong interest and affinity to the CAS theme.

    Required language skills

    English: C1 - Show proficiency scales

    Examination languages


    Time and place


    Every Autumn Semester (September)


    12 months

    Application period

    01.04.-15.07.2021 (later applications may be accepted if places are still available)


    ETH Zurich and an international study trip location

    Tuition fee

    CHF 9,200 for ETH employees (such as Pioneer Fellows, doctoral students, post-docs, etc.)
    CHF 11,200 (non-ETH employees), excluding SCE tuition fee of CHF 730 and application fee of CHF 50
    Please note: Travel and accommodation costs for the study trip are not included in the tuition fee and have to be paid additionally.

    Deregistration fee

    Withdrawal within 30 days after the admission date: free of charge
    Withdrawal more than 30 days after the admission date and before the start of the semester: CHF 2,500



    ?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">


    Programme management

    Professor Bart Clarysse (programme delegate), Dr Tomas Brenner and Dr Jana Thiel (programme coordinators)


    ETH Zurich, Laura Tedesco, ETH Innovation & Entrepreneurship Lab, Stampfenbachstrasse 52, 8092 Zurich Tel. 0041 (0)44 632 79 21 , laura.tedesco [a] sl[.]ethz[.]ch

    Responsible body

    ETH Zurich, D-MTEC, Chair of Entrepreneurship, ETH Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab


    ?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">


    Economics, Management and Entrepreneurship
In your contacts, please refer to
and reference