Welcome to the spring 2020 edition of Startup Experience!


Register now to learn what you need for conquering the cliffs of the startup landscape. In Startup Experience, you’ll experience what it’s like to found and run a startup, without actually having to set up a company. If you’re looking for textbook education, try Google – here you’ll get your hands dirty. After the course, you will be better prepared to navigate the fast-paced and unpredictable commercial environment, or even become a founder yourself.



After having completed the Startup Experience course, you will be better prepared to navigate the fast-paced and unpredictable commercial environment. You will be able to turn customer understanding and business and technology opportunities into new products and services. While the focus of the course is on setting up a new business as a start-up, most of the skills you will learn are equally valuable in the context of existing companies.

The course will suit a person who is adaptive, collaborative and creatively driven. Who is interested in going beyond conventional thinking practices to create effective teams and commercial value.

Do you want to learn about how to create new business? Do you want to join or set up a startup? Register for the Startup Experience course and learn useful skills to help you get new businesses off the ground!


Course details

  • Schedule: January 7, 2019 – April 2, 2020
  • Registration: By January 6th in Oodi
  • Credits: 9 ECTS (or 10 ECTS when combined with TU-E4130 – Refresher on Business Research, more information below)
  • Course code: TU-E4100
  • Location: AVP Space and Atrium, TUAS-building, Otaniemi

Read more information about the course: HERE



Student story from Startup Experience

”I would recommend Startup Experience to any student who is interested in entrepreneurship – no matter your major. Besides all the methods and tools that we were taught, I would say that entrepreneurial mindset itself was the biggest learning outcome from the course.”


Ville Nyman, Startup Experience spring 2019 student

Check the video for the whole interview with Ville!




The course is open to all Aalto students. To register for the course, you should take the following two steps:

  1. Register on Oodi
  2. As a pre-assignment upload your CV and an essay on MyCourses

The deadline for the registration is January 6, 2020. The course starts with 3 kick-off sessions (Tuesday 7.1. 09:00-12:00, Wednesday 8.1. 09:00 – 12:00 and Thursday 9.1. 14:00 – 16:00). You must participate in all 3 kick-off sessions in order to be accepted to the course. Final acceptance happens only after the Team formation day on January 14. NOTE: This also applies to students for whom the course is mandatory.

Participation is limited. The priority order for student selection is:
– Students for whom the course is mandatory (EIT Business Development Lab)
– Students that have chosen the AVP Startup Minor
– Other students so that the student base is as multidisciplinary as possible


Available extra credits

You can combine Startup Experience with TU-E4130 – Refresher on Business Research (1 ECTS).

The course is intended for students with no previous experience in user-driven design or user research. It introduces key design concepts and tools that help students perform better in the Startup Experience course. This course can only be taken together with Startup Experience.

So if you need or want 10 ECTS you can take Startup Experience and Refresher on Business Research together.



For more information, contact the course staff:

Lidia Borisova

Sami Tuomi



See you on the course!
AVP Team



AVP offers Aalto students a variety of courses that provide diverse steps into entrepreneurship. Our courses cover important aspects of entrepreneurship; leadership, design thinking, finance, innovation, start-ups, prototyping, storytelling and much more. Courses are open to all Aalto students. The complete listing of all AVP courses can be found here.