Code: BIZ5120
Extent: 24 op
Language: English
Contact person: Professor Patrick Shulist
Administrative contact: Planning Officer Kati Halminen
Application procedure: Available for all Aalto University students.

This minor will be discontinued; as of Aug 1, 2022 a student cannot add this minor to their personal study plan anymore. If you have any questions regarding this, please contact Kati Halminen.

Minor studies in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management (EIM) are designed to provide students with 1) the mindset and skills for new business creation be it in independent start-ups or in the context of established organisations, and 2) a broader understanding of entrepreneurship and innovation from individual, organisational and societal perspectives.
A defining feature of the curriculum is a pronounced emphasis on action learning. Among other things, you will find yourself pitching business ideas to real investors and potential customers, analysing business cases and developing strategies for innovative products and services, and exercising enterprising competencies in real-life settings.

Completing a minor in EIM gives you the ability to 

  • generate new business ideas in a systematic manner, using appropriate tools and concepts
  • take steps to strategically exploit new business opportunities
  • create, test and pitch new business models'
  • lead and manage complex business projects

In addition, the minor studies provide you with a thorough understanding of the role of entrepreneurship and innovation in social, sustainable and economic value creation in different contexts, such as for-profit venture initiatives (start-ups, innovations emerging from established organisations), sustainable cooperative firms and social enterprises, entrepreneurship and innovation as multi-faceted phenomena from the perspectives of individuals, firms and society.

Structure of studies 24 cr

Mandatory courses 12 cr

25E50000Venture Ideation6 crINot offered anymore. Can be replaced by TU-E4100 Startup Experience as the mandatory course in the minor. 
Entrepreneurship and Society6 crI, IVI (2022-2023)

Electives 12 cr  

25E18000 Sustainable Entrepreneurship6 crIIReplaced by MNGT-E3004 Sustainable Entepreneurship, Markets, and Systems Change
25E44000Venture Formation 6 crIINot offered anymore
25E52000 Market Entry Strategies for Entrepreneurial Business6 crIIIIII

Researching Entrepreneurship and Innovation (Master's thesis seminar) 1

6 cr
 II, VII (2022-2023)

Current issues in entrepreneurship and innovation 2

3 - 6 cr
Not offered anymore

1 The course can also be taken by students completing the minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management.

2 The course is usually taught by a visiting lecturer. The topic can very year by year. The course is not necessarily provided every year. Not offered 2020-2022.

Other course substitutions must be approved in advance, contact the Planning Officer.