Startup Experience

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

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.

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 NGOs. 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. 

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. To broaden your perspective and make the experience even better, we’ll make sure your teammates are from as diverse backgrounds as possible. 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 yearno 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. 

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 a win-win, we don’t know what is.

Do you want to learn how to create new businesses 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! 

Get to understand the market with our guest lecturers

The real world is out there, but we also want to bring some of it to you. Our guest speakers from within Aalto University and from various industries will help you understand the market like regular lectures couldn’t.

Confirmed guests so far:


The course is open to all Aalto students, including doctoral students. Register on SISU.

Participation in the course is limited. The priority order for student selection is:

  1. Students for whom the course is mandatory (EIT Business Development Lab, AMIS program)
  2. Students that have chosen the AVP Startup Minor
  3. Other students so that the student base is as multidisciplinary as possible

Available extra credits

You can combine Startup Experience with TU-C2080 – Entrepreneurship Essentials (1 ECTS) online course.

The course is intended for students with no previous experience in entrepreneurship. It introduces key entrepreneurial concepts and tools that help students perform better in the Startup Experience course.

So, if you need or want 10 ECTS you can take Startup Experience and Entrepreneurship Essentials together.

I realized entrepreneurial skills can be applied anywhere, which makes the course really useful.

Linda Miettinen, Startup Experience Fall 2020
Read the story of Linda's team

Meet the staff

Simo Lahdenne


Lauri Järvilehto

Co-director & Professor of Practice

Teddy Tran

Course assistant
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