Scale-Up Leadership is a master's level course by Aalto University Summer School and Aalto Ventures Program that will equip you with the tools you need for leading your people and organisational culture in a startup, scaleup or other fast-growing company.

After this course, you will be able to solve typical leadership challenges, learn best practices for team building and developing organisational culture and communicate and sell your ideas to stakeholders. The focus is on concrete business problems and hands-on work - students will practice challenging discussions in a supportive environment and improve as professionals through self-assessment. 

More information on the course website: 

Course schedule

The course includes three phases: self-paced pre-work and post-work and two intensive weeks of lectures and project work at Aalto.

15-30 June: Pre-work (online)
Online meeting with the course participants, pre-assignment

1-12 August: Intensive weeks (on-site at Aalto University campus)
Contact sessions every weekday in the morning from 10.00-13.00. Individual and teamwork in the afternoon.

Week 1 

  • Kick-off of the course 
  • Leadership in organizations, teamwork and teambuilding 
  • Entrepreneurship and stages of venture formation 
  • Cultural stereotypes of leadership 
  • Roleplay game for challenging discussions

Week 2 

  • Organizational design – systems thinking 
  • Culture change – hiring and firing the right people 
  • Organizational change – how to be the impetus of change 
  • Chain reaction. Self-development, self-assessment 
  • What kind of leader am I? 
  • Course wrap-up and presentation

15-19 August: Post-course assignment


Registration for the course is open until 31.5.2022 through the application form:
Registration in Sisu will be done after admission to the course.