Welcome to the spring 2019 edition of the Startup Experience!


In the Startup Experience course you learn skills that help you create a new business or even set up your own startup!  As an entrepreneur you have two main goals:

  1. Discover what your customers and users value and then create that value for them.
  2. Set up and run a small organization to achieve goal number 1.

Most entrepreneurial courses treat these two as separate things but the Startup Experience course will combine them into one learning experience. In the course you will become part of a team that – in parallel – works on creating value for customers and manages the team as if it was a start-up.

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.


Course details

  • Schedule: January 8, 2019 – April 4, 2019
  • Credits: 9 (plus extra credits from combined courses)
  • Course code: TU-E4100
  • Location: AVP Space Otaniemi


More information about the course: HERE

Registration instructions below!




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

  1. Register on Oodi
  2. Upload a personal CV on the Participant CV‘s page (only available when you are logged in to Mycourses)

If you want to act as the CEO for one of the course teams, you should also upload a separate application for the CEO role to the CEO applications section.

The deadline for the registration is January 7, 2019. The course starts with 3 kick-off sessions (Tuesday, January 8 09:00-12:00, Wednesday, January 9 09:00 – 12:00 and Thursday, January 10 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 15.


Combined courses and available credits

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

The course TU-E4130 – Refresher on Business Research 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. TU-E4130 can only be taken together with Startup Experience.

So if you need/want 10 ECTS you can take Startup Experience + U-E4130 – Refresher on Business Research