In 2016, emlyon business school introduced a novel educational philosophy: shaping our students into "early makers." This is also what the "em" in emlyon business school's name represents.

A decade ago, the maker movement was born out of the DIY concept. It began with DIY enthusiasts and gradually spread to the digital and startup world, awakening creators, craftsmen, entrepreneurs, artists, and educators, sparking a widespread creative wave. This marked a shift from invention to innovation and from prototype design to industrialization.

Early makers are people who can take their destiny into their own hands, who shape and mould their existence as part of a collaborative process, moving from “Do It Yourself” to “Do It Together”. To be a "maker," one must possess the ability to act swiftly, have foresight, and think innovatively. This model perfectly reflects emlyon business school's mission to cultivate entrepreneurial spirit.

What are early makers?


Being an early maker is not a function, a reserved field, or a question of age. It's a state of mind and an ability to take action. Everyone is a potential early maker in their own way, able to show who they are according to their style and personality, in a specific situation or context, whether in a company, association, at school or in their personal life.


Early makers are a new generation of leaders, capable of seizing opportunities created by technological, scientific, political and social revolutions to create radically new solutions. Through them, companies will be able to reinvent business models and ways of working together.


Early makers trained at emlyon business school are entrepreneurs who co-create their learning courses. Our role is to make this joint development easier by creating a favorable working environment, offering education based on experience and action learning, and providing the necessary resources to promote independent learning.