Berlin School of Business and Innovation was founded in 2018 by Netherlands-based for-profit education company Global University Systems (GUS).
The institution is headed by Sagi Hartov, Israeli cellist and BSBI Executive Chairman, and Aaron Etingen, British-Russian businessman and Global University Systems CEO.
BSBI does not hold degree-awarding powers in Germany and its programmes are validated by private Italian distance learning institution UniNettuno International Telematic University.
In November 2019, BSBI announced that it had partnered with Concordia University Chicago to deliver programmes at its Berlin campus.
In June 2020, BSBI become an official signatory of the United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education (UN-PRME) initiative.
In November 2018, BSBI appointed Prince Paul of Romania and Princess Lia of Romania as the school’s Patrons, and Princess Madeleine of Bentheim and Steinfurt as Honorary Patron.
In December 2020, BSBI’s patron Prince Paul was sentenced to 3 years and 4 months in prison by the Supreme Court of Romania.He is no longer listed as one of its patrons.