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Michel Coster, Professor of Entrepreneurship and Head of EMLYON Incubator


Professor Entrepreneurship and Head of EMLYON Incubator

Strategy and Organisation

Michel Coster is the head of EMLYON Incubator. Launched in June 2008, the EMLYON Incubator accompanies currently 50 companies. The Centre for Entrepreneurs - first generaion Incubator - supported in 25 years the projects of more than 1000 entrepreneurs or business acquirers. In addition, Michel Coster is also professor of Entrepreneurship at EMLYON. He is in charge of training for entrepreneurs, training director for various programmes. He is founder and the Head of the Entrepreneurship Specialized Master.
Michel Coster is the author of two books, and wrote several book chapters and articles. He serves in the board of several High Growth Companies. He has founded a consulting company acquired by Ernst & Young where he was a Legal Adviser until 1998.


  1. Doctor of Specialized Studies in Finance and Taxation from the University of Grenoble
  2. Research Master of Advanced Studies in Company Law


  1. Since 1983 : Professor at EMLYON Business School and Head of Programme Specialized Master in Entrepreneurship
  2. Since 2010 : President of the  Entrepreneurial Students Pole of Lyon - Saint Etienne (French Government Institution)
  3. Since 2008 :  Head of EMLYON Incubator
  4. Since 2005 : Member of the Executive Committee of Lyon City of Entrepreneurship Cluster
  5. Since 2000 : Board of Directors of several high growth companies
  6. 2003 - 2008 : Head of the Center Entrepreneurship
  7. 1987 - 1993 : Founder Associate of CCR Associés a Consulting firm specialized in entrepreneurship in high tech environment.

Courses taughtTop

  1. Masters Programmes and Executive Education :
    Entrepreneurship and Innovation,
    Strategic Alliance,
    Team building,
    Small Business and High Growth Firms,
    Family Business
    Incubation and Support Structure of Entrepreneurship

Research InterestTop

  1. Emerging Business
  2. High Growth
  3. Governance in SME