Learn how to think and build like an entrepreneur to face the uncertainty of the world as it is now. If you’re looking for textbook education, try Google — here you’ll get your hands dirty. 

During this course, you will learn the essentials of entrepreneurship: user-centered product and service design, business ethics and sustainability, opportunity recognition, business modeling, teamwork, pitching, startup finance and marketing. That is, pretty much everything you need to navigate the fast-paced commercial environment that’s now even more unpredictable than usual.

"Guest speakers like VCs were really helpful in providing an alternative perspective to our problem." - Startup Experience student 2020

For everyone, not just future founders

While the focus of the course is on setting up a new business as a startup, the skills and mindset you will learn are equally valuable in the context of existing companies or NGO’s. The course will suit a person who is adaptive, collaborative, creatively driven and is interested in going beyond conventional thinking practices to create effective teams and commercial value. 

"I would recommend Startup Experience to any student who is interested in entrepreneurship - no matter what is your major." - Startup Experience student 2019

Teamwork like never before

During the course, students work in small startup-like teams that go together from the initial problem definition all the way to the final investor pitch. During the pandemic, the students must face the additional challenge of working effectively in teams without necessarily having the possibility to be physically in the same space. While independent work will have a bigger role this year, no student is left alone — at AVP teamwork is key, and we’ll make it work regardless of the current situation. We don’t really like endless Zoom-meetings either. 

"The course was very useful, not only regarding the theoretical and practical experience related to creating our own startup but teaching crucial teamwork skills." - Startup Experience student 2020

Solve problems that matter

At AVP, sustainability and profitability are two sides of the same coin; one can’t exist without the other. In the course, each team and their startup idea will focus on solving a problem related to one of the Sustainable Development Goals by the UN. The SDGs provide endless opportunities for business ideas, and the solutions can bring aid to where it’s needed the most. If that’s not win-win, we don’t know what is.

Know your limits — and break them with care

What is more, the course takes a firm stand in preventing burnouts. There will be a heavy emphasis on learning time and project management skills and students are encouraged to focus on personal wellbeing. By the end of the course, students will not only have created a new venture but also gone through the project in a sustainable way. Through different exercises, students will be able to turn wellbeing-boost lessons into life-long skills.  

Do you want to learn how to create new business and thrive in uncertain times? Do you want to be more entrepreneurial, or even set up a startup? Register for Startup Experience and learn useful skills to help you get new businesses off the ground! 

Note: The course will be organized as an online course during spring 2021.

Registration is open at Oodi until Monday 11.1.2021 at 23:59.

More info at Aalto Ventures Program website

Aalto Ventures Program (AVP) is the entrepreneurship education program at Aalto University. Here, students in multidisciplinary teams do hands-on exercises and gain entrepreneurial tools, ready to be used to construct a startup or to renovate an existing company from within. We teach students to build like an entrepreneur. Learn more at avp.aalto.fi and our Facebook-page.