Creating Multidimensional Experiences 2020

3 August - 21 August 2020 | 8 ECTS

Learn to create immersive experiences in a multidisciplinary team of international students, working together towards a sustainable future

Aalto Ventures Program offers you a summer course, where participants from around the world come together to create multidimensional experiences. During three weeks of magical Finnish summer, you will go from an idea to a validated sustainable business concept, learn by doing, and get to know and understand the globally renowned startup culture in Helsinki.

About the summer course

The course has four focus areas: understanding the culture and people, learning the methods and tools for creating sustainable experiences with a viable business model, using storytelling and pitching to make your business stand out and doing all this while taking care of one’s own wellbeing.

To create a good experience, one must understand the environment. Course participants will get an in-depth look into the Aalto University Startup Ecosystem, as they visit venues such as Startup Sauna and Aalto Design Factory and meet with passionate students as well as employees and founders of some of the most innovative, sustainability-focused companies in the country. Additionally, the participants will visit some iconic locations and events in Helsinki, such as museums and the state-of-the-art Oodi library, and experience the best Finland has to offer during the short but intense Nordic summer.

A good experience is also a good business. During the course, participants will form groups and get their hands dirty, delving deep into teamwork, entrepreneurship, design thinking, UX design, and business modeling in order to get from an idea into a prototype of an experience. Guided by industry professionals, mentors and AVP teachers, students will use an iterative process where they interview real potential customers and work their way from the original idea to an experience that includes a physical, digital and a social dimension, and is also a viable, sustainable business concept.

No experience is good enough if no one knows about it. Great experiences are not only experienced, but also created together with others. The course will start by student teams coming up with venture ideas that they will work on. With the help of training provided by professional pitching coaches, groups will constantly share ideas about their ventures to the staff and other students, while also preparing for the final pitches to blow the socks off of potential investors and stakeholders. The course then culminates in a showcase, where the groups will present the prototypes of the ventures they have created to the international audience.

The best experiences are the ones created by people who are happy. Making something new is hard work, but working too hard often leads to everyone being worse off. The course takes a firm stand in preventing burnouts, which have become an increasingly common problem among students. In addition to working on their projects, students will also learn about time management and focus on personal wellbeing and social interaction. By the end of the course, students will not only have created a new enjoyable experience, but also gone through one ­– in a sustainable way and together with new friends.

Learn to create immersive experiences in a multidisciplinary team of international students, working together towards a sustainable future

Aalto Ventures Program offers you a summer course, where participants from around the world come together to create multidimensional experiences. During three weeks of magical Finnish summer, you will go from an idea to a validated sustainable business concept, learn by doing, and get to know and understand the globally renowned startup culture in Helsinki.

About the summer course

The course has four focus areas: understanding the culture and people, learning the methods and tools for creating sustainable experiences with a viable business model, using storytelling and pitching to make your business stand out and doing all this while taking care of one’s own wellbeing.

To create a good experience, one must understand the environment. Course participants will get an in-depth look into the Aalto University Startup Ecosystem, as they visit venues such as Startup Sauna and Aalto Design Factory and meet with passionate students as well as employees and founders of some of the most innovative, sustainability-focused companies in the country. Additionally, the participants will visit some iconic locations and events in Helsinki, such as museums and the state-of-the-art Oodi library, and experience the best Finland has to offer during the short but intense Nordic summer.

A good experience is also a good business. During the course, participants will form groups and get their hands dirty, delving deep into teamwork, entrepreneurship, design thinking, UX design, and business modeling in order to get from an idea into a prototype of an experience. Guided by industry professionals, mentors and AVP teachers, students will use an iterative process where they interview real potential customers and work their way from the original idea to an experience that includes a physical, digital and a social dimension, and is also a viable, sustainable business concept.

No experience is good enough if no one knows about it. Great experiences are not only experienced, but also created together with others. The course will start by student teams coming up with venture ideas that they will work on. With the help of training provided by professional pitching coaches, groups will constantly share ideas about their ventures to the staff and other students, while also preparing for the final pitches to blow the socks off of potential investors and stakeholders. The course then culminates in a showcase, where the groups will present the prototypes of the ventures they have created to the international audience.

The best experiences are the ones created by people who are happy. Making something new is hard work, but working too hard often leads to everyone being worse off. The course takes a firm stand in preventing burnouts, which have become an increasingly common problem among students. In addition to working on their projects, students will also learn about time management and focus on personal wellbeing and social interaction. By the end of the course, students will not only have created a new enjoyable experience, but also gone through one ­– in a sustainable way and together with new friends.

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Get a taste of our Summer School of 2019 through the lens of a participant

Thanks to Adam for the great video!

Get a taste of our Summer School of 2019 through the lens of a participant

Thanks to Adam for the great video!

Aalto Ventures Program

is the entrepreneurship education program at Aalto University. At AVP, students work in multidisciplinary teams, do hands-on exercises and gain tools of mass disruption, ready to be used either to construct a startup or to renovate an existing company from within.  In a world that changes faster every day, the best way to predict the future is to build it yourself. In our experience, the best builders are entrepreneurs and those who think and work like entrepreneurs. People who embark on adventures and boldly go where no-one has gone before. People who do instead of staying home and talking about it.  We teach students to build like an entrepreneur.

Preliminary Program 2020

Learning Goals

After the course:

You’ve developed team working skills and become an effective team member in a multicultural team with varying working methods. You are able to see the strengths in other people and through adjusting your own behavior in a team situations, help others to deliver their best performance.

You’ve become experienced in public speaking, storytelling and pitching.

You’ve learnt about iterative entrepreneurial processes and tools to create a new business and generate impact. You will have an overall image of the iterative entrepreneurial process and unerstand how each element contributes to the final result.

You’ve understood how a startup mindset can benefit personal wellbeing. You have learnt and practiced how to apply entrepreneurial thinking and methods in personal development.

What We Offer

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Beginner Courses

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Gamified Learning

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Realworld Projects

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Progress Tracking

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Lessons Plans

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Teacher Training

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“A plethora of new considerations were brought to the table: business models, user experience, ethics, marketing and competition, cultural and social significance. It was intense. Had all my course mates came from a background of engineering, I don’t think I would have learned as much as I did.”
Adam Lim, Singapore University of Technology and Design

Creating Multidimensional Experiences - course Prerequisites

We accept applications from 3rd or 4th year Bachelor students or Masters and PhD students or students with relevant experience. 

  • Excellent command of English language
  • Motivation to learn entrepreneurial mindset, practices and methods 
  • Successful completition of the online course Starting Up before the summer course: https://starting-up.org/en/ , with this you`ll be able to receive additional 2 ECTS on top of the summer course 6 ECTS 

Aalto students follow the same requirements and apply using same registration process. No tuition fee will be carried from Aalto students. Course code is TU-E4011, 6ECTS. We encourage students with different backgrounds to apply, since diversity leads to innovation, creativity & progress! 

Application Process
We use continuous selection process:

If the course fills up before application period ends, registration will be closed earlier. Applicants who applied will be informed personally.

1.Prepare for the application process

  • Go through the course content and prerequisites of the course
  • Prerare the necessary documents for application
  • Shoot 3 min motivation video

2. Fill the registration form here – https://webropol.com/ep/avp-summer

3.When you apply for a course and you are accepted, you will receive an e-mail informing of acceptance together with personal payment link

4.Pay the course fee using the personal link

5.In case you need invitation letter for visa, please request one from my2.nguyen(at)aalto.fi

6.Get prepared for the course

  • Get a travel insurance with health coverage, Aalto University does not provide health or accident insurance to the participant
  • Book your accommodation (recommendations underneath)
  • Do the other necessary requirements (flights, tell mom, call relatives for money ;) etc.)
  • Start studying the online content (2ECTS): https://starting-up.org/en/

7.Book enough time before the course to get accustomed to new city, culture and time zone

8.Book enough after the course, to enjoy the sweet summer of the Nordics with your new friends

9.We are happy to have you over!

Fees & Application Periods

Early Bird Application Period Until the 30th of April, 2020*

2100 € per participant

1900 € per participant from partner universities of Aalto University
Regular Application Period  Until the 31st of May, 2020*

2300 € per participant

2000 € per participant from partner universities of Aalto University
Late Bird Application Period After 1st of June, 2020*

2500 € per participant

2300 € for participants from partner universities of Aalto University
*Application done before the date
**Universities can apply group pricing for groups of more than 5 participants

Fee includes:

  • Course content and materials
  • Extracurricular program
  • Welcoming lunch and farewell dinner.

Fee does NOT include:

  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Transportation

Participating students enjoy the Finnish student benefits: Public transportation -50%, affordable accommodation available at the Aalto University campus or Helsinki city center.

Cancellation Terms

In the case of COVID-19 restrictions:

  • If the course or program is cancelled by Aalto University: 100% refund
  • 85% of tuition fee is refunded in the case that the student cannot travel to Finland due to:
    • Aalto University restrictions for incoming students from specified countries
    • COVID-19 infection (proved by Doctor’s Note

In the case of cancellation by student:

  • Cancelling up to 60 days before the beginning of the course: 85% refund (Aalto University will deduct 15 % of each course fee as a service and bank cost fee)
  • Cancelling up to 30 days before the beginning of the course: 50 % refund
  • Cancelling less than 30 days before the beginning of the course: no refund, unless the cancellation was caused by denied entry visa, in which case you need to send a copy of the refusal letter. Visa application process should be started well in advance.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can 1st year or 2nd year Bachelor students join the course?

Of course, you can still apply and join us if you are interested! We always welcome students with good motivation to learn about entrepreneurial mindsets to our summer program. 

 

2. I am not a student of Aalto University. How can I know whether my home university is a partner of Aalto University?

Depending on which field of study you are from, you can look up for the name of your university through our database, which is available at: https://into.aalto.fi/display/enopinnot/Exchange+destinations.

 

3. I am not a student of Aalto University, but I do study in a university in Finland. Can I join this course?

Yes, you can! If you get accepted to the course, you will receive special study rights to Aalto University and to this course. After successfully completing the course, you’ll receive a course certificate together with the transcript of records from Aalto University. If you wish to ensure that the studies are part of your degree, please apply for Flexible Study Right (in Finnish: JOO-opinto-oikeus) from your home University.

 

4. How long will the application process take?

Approximately 1 week after you have submitted your application, you will receive an email from us to inform the application result. If you are accepted to the summer course, we will also send instructions and a link for the payment process.

The link for the payment will typically be available for 14 days. If you need further assistance or have special request, please feel free to contact Ms. My Nguyen (my.2.nguyen@aalto.fi).

5. Where can I find tips of moving to and living in Helsinki for the summer?

The Your time at AVP section on our webpage will provide you with sufficient information on how to make the best out of the three weeks staying with us!

Read more at: https://avp.aalto.fi/your-time-at-avp/.

6. Is Finnish required?

Absolutely not! The summer course, as well as every extra-curriculum, will be held in English. However, it might be fun to pick up some Finnish words when hanging out with the locals!

 

7. Do I apply for the visa myself?

Yes, visa application belongs to the responsibility of each participant. Please check whether or not you need a visa to come to Finland, and plan your application well in advance, as the process might take time. If you need additional documents or invitation letters from AVP side, please send an email to my.2.nguyen@aalto.fi with details of what you need. 

 

8. What is the cancellation policy in cases related to the Corona virus outbreak?

According to Aalto University’s policy, if the program is cancelled due to the outbreak, we will fully refund the payment of the course.

In the case participants cannot join the course due to travel restrictions by Finland and/or home-country, or due to CoVid-19-infection (proved by Doctor’s Notes), 85% of the payment will be refunded (Aalto University will deduct 15 % of each course fee as a service and bank cost fee).

 

9. Are there other courses at Aalto University during the summer time?

Yes! You can find all the courses and information related to the summer at: https://www.aalto.fi/en/aaltosummer.

Moving and living in Helsinki

Our recommendations on accommodation, travel tips and familiarizing yourself in Helsinki can be found at: https://avp.aalto.fi/your-time-at-avp/

What are you waiting for? Register for a summer of a lifetime now!

The Innovation University

Aalto University is multidisciplinary innovation university, born from a merger of technical, design and art and business universities in Helsinki. The purpose for Aalto’s existence is to create innovation by bringing business and art together with science and technology.

Entrepreneurship

Innovation and ideas are not valuable by themselves. The execution of an idea is the value created. No matter who you are, where you work and what is your discipline, entrepreneurial skills are needed to pursue idea.

Hands on

Entrepreneurial skills cannot be learned just in a class room. In Aalto Ventures Program, students learn by executing things in practice. Making cold calls, interviewing consumers at the streets, conducting user studies, meeting potential B2B customers, pitching ideas to real investors. For hands on learning, Aalto has optimal environment in Helsinki’s startup ecosystem.

The Ecosystem

Helsinki has the most locally connected startup ecosystem in the World. Meaning new entrepreneurs know on the day 0 more investors and other CEOs than anywhere else in the World. Local connectedness is the cornerstone of our ecosystem where the barrier for help from anyone in any organization and in any position is low and generally people are ready to provide their help.

Read more about us!

For downloadable versions of the Course Program, Brochure and Flyer, please click here.

Ilja Riekki

Head of International Relations

Summer Program Director

 Aalto Ventures Program

My Nguyen

Global Partnerships Coordinator

Contact person for Summer Program

Aalto Ventures Program

Lidia Borisova

Teacher at AVP

Head Teacher for Summer Program

Aalto Ventures Program

Our network

Last year, we had participants from 15 top universities around the world

Our network

Last year, we had participants from 15 top universities around the world