Professor Chereau is deeply involved in entrepreneurship, heading both SKEMA’s masters program therein, and being the head of the school’s on campus incubator

In addition to heading SKEMA Business School’s masters program in entrepreneurship (in which about 100 students are enrolled), professor Philippe Chereau also leads the school’s internal incubator.

The school opened its incubator in 2000, and since that date has helped about 380 companies to set up and then launch. Of these, fully 350 are still alive and well, a very good benchmark given young company death rates.

“About 60% of the start-ups are from students,” explains professor Chereau, “while 40% are created by alumni, some of whom try their luck many years after their graduation.” The incubator currently hosts about 52 start-ups, for periods going from 12 to 18 months.

“Some of our success stories include Flying Eye (, a manufacturer of drones, namely for high-quality aerial photography and films; Borderline (, a niche food and beverage manufacturer, and (, an e-commerce site for beach and sportswear,” concludes professor Chereau.

Philippe Chereau holds a PhD in Management Science, from IAE Aix-en-Provence (Aix-Marseille Université), a PhD in Management Science from SKEMA Business School, and a Master in Management from EDHEC Business School. He is a permanent Associate professor of strategy and entrepreneurship, scientific director of the MSc in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, at SKEMA Business School. He is also the coordinator of SKEMA Sophia Antipolis incubator.

As a scholar, he has specialized in the strategic management of innovation and business modelling in SMEs and in the governance of Local Innovation Systems. He has held positions in international business development, general management and executive consulting. As an entrepreneur, his teaching favors bridging the gap from theory to practice. He teaches strategy, entrepreneurship, strategic management of innovation, executive consulting, negotiation and regularly lectures for executives and institutions.

Source: Skema website/Casium sources