Technological Disruption and Entrepreneurship

The module looks at how business leaders can be the first to develop business strategies to adapt to the major global, societal and transformative megatrends.

Class of 2021 visiting Walmart

Where you’ll be based for Module 2

The California setting of the module allows the students to have first-hand interaction with technology speakers, entrepreneurs and investors who fund innovative business models.

You will be based in San Francisco, with time spent on site at Singularity University and onsite at leading Silicon Valley corporations.

VR Lab

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Key topics and themes

We focus on the disruptive nature of technological change for global business leaders in the digital era.

We look at the revolutionary changes taking place through technology and innovation and how these can equate to great opportunities and challenges for entrepreneurs and businesses.

You will explore and learn how technology has been used to solve problems that could not be solved before, and how business leaders can be the first to develop new strategies to adapt to major global, societal and transformative mega trends.

In addition, we look at options for financing new technology ventures, both in Silicon Valley and across the globe.

Sample courses

We continually innovate the TRIUM program, so each year is set up slightly differently. The following courses give you a flavour of what you will cover in your time in Silicon Valley.

Innovation workshop at Google

Location: Google Campus, San Francisco

We explore the major elements of innovation as we unpack critical factors that are top of mind in today’s successful and innovative companies.

We visit Google to go through the process that brings a great idea to a successful and profitable product/service, and how to use the process to create and capture value in the long term.

Singularity University

Location: Singularity University, Santa Clara

Companies cannot remain stagnant: they must evolve or die. This course looks at how to do this, by exploring the transformation effect of a range of powerful technologies, such as synthetic biology, embedded networks and cloud computing, AI and robotics, biotechnology and medicines. It looks at how exponential technologies (nano, info, bio) empower individuals and small companies to do what only governments could achieve just a few decades ago.

Competitive Strategy

This course will enable to you develop a strategic approach to how to evaluate the market for a firm’s product and services, its net advantages relative to competitors and future factors likely to impact both its performance and the market in which it competes.

Venture Capital Financing Techniques

This course covers how venture capital financing techniques differ from corporate finance for mature businesses. We cover how venture capital flows to VC funds then start-ups, the fundraising process, alternatives to VC and look at case studies from both successful and unsuccessful attempts to raise funds.

Finance for Executives

Introduces the key concepts and analytical tools that are the building blocks for all financial analysis. We cover two primary approaches for valuation and apply techniques to value fixed income securities and equities. We also cover debt and equity instruments and markets.


You will be taught by faculty experienced in entrepreneurial strategy, risk, corporate finance and venture capital. We’ll also spend time at Singularity University, a global learning and innovation community using exponential technologies to tackle the world’s biggest challenges and build a better future for all.

We also feature guest speakers to who offer inspiration and insight, and a chance to connect and network with some key players in Silicon Valley.

Professor Sonia Marciano

Academic Director, TRIUM, NYU

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Professor Sonia Marciano

Academic Director, TRIUM, NYU

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Professor Marciano joined New York University Stern School of Business as a Clinical Associate Professor of Management and Organisations in July 2007. Prior to joining NYU Stern she taught Strategy at Columbia Business School and was an Institute Fellow and Senior Lecturer at Harvard University’s Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness

Faculty focus

Professor Robert F Whitelaw

Professor of Entrepreneurial Finance, NYU

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Professor Robert F Whitelaw

Professor of Entrepreneurial Finance, NYU

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Best known for research on empirical asset pricing, and expertise on China’s financial system. Teaches portfolio management, investments/capital markets and international finance. Chief Investment Strategist at IndexIQ.

Professor Oliver Gottschalg

TRIUM Academic Dean and HEC Academic Director

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Professor Oliver Gottschalg

TRIUM Academic Dean and HEC Academic Director

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Current research focuses on strategic logic and performance determinants of private equity investments. Serves as advisor to leading investors in Private Equity Industry.

Guest speakers

Each year we feature guest speakers sessions from experienced tech entrepreneurs and investors. Past speakers have included:

Capstone & Leadership

Capstone Module 2: Pitch Session

We would recommend that students come to Silicon Valley with a preliminary idea of a Capstone Project they would like to propose. We organize a Capstone pitch session during the module and students with project ideas will be invited to present their project proposal to the class. If you decide to pitch, you will need one PowerPoint slide and you will be given two minutes for your pitch. This will enable us to set up a marketplace of project proposals. Please note, while students are not required to pitch a project idea, it is a highly encouraged way to practice presentation skills and shape your Capstone Project.

Leadership Development

Module 2’s leadership stream focuses on the role of leadership in innovation, entrepreneurship and design thinking.

How do you blend strategy and creativity to manage current and future business challenges? We cover essential skills to drive innovation in your organization or team, overcome barriers, strategically embrace risk, and learn from “mistakes”.

Between modules

Following Module 2, you will work on three individual assignments that will be due prior to Module 3, covering Strategy and Entrepreneurship, Finance for Executives and Corporate Finance.

With your newly formed Capstone Team, you will work on developing the idea ready for the final approval by Capstone Project Directors in Module 3.

Innovation Lab

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Alumni experience

The benefits of TRIUM go beyond just the transformational academic program. By joining our program you will enter a remarkable network of high-achieving global business leaders. The TRIUM Global Executive MBA alumni are among the most qualified and insightful in the international business world.

Jose Kuri

USA Class of 2022

I wanted to add depth and breadth to my understanding of the technology ecosystem, beyond my experience in a technology startup and large Internet companies in the Valley. The lectures, company visits as well as the interactions with veteran entrepreneurs and other key stakeholders in technology innovation were extremely valuable.

Tina Taylor

United States Class of 2015

I saw that the program offers the rare global component I was looking for, and the average age of the TRIUM cohort appealed to me; it brings a higher level of conversation. I also recognized that I would be able to apply a high percentage of my classroom knowledge to my job.

Aurelien Maudonnet

Brazil Class of 2020

This module opened our minds to the universe of possibilities, it is now time, as we're heading back to our lives and businesses, to reflect and understand how this 4th revolution (and the 2nd technological one) will impact our businesses and societies, it is a great challenge!

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