The Aalto Fellows represents comprehensive entrepreneurship education regarding the key principles of leadership, selling, creativity and hard facts about finance and legal aspects. The program combines intensive workshops and lectures, a paid summer internship at a start-up company, venture capital or corporate venturing and ongoing mentoring and networking activities. Partnering companies have included  for example Wolt,, DealDash, Finnish Industry Investment, Foodora, Oppex, Smarp, Biddle, Funzi and Smartly.

Aalto Fellows (AF) provides you with:

  • Intensive lecture series designed for Aalto Fellows
  • Learn by doing experience
  • 10 ECTS during period V, summer and period I
  • Possibility to earn credits while working in a paid job

Course Structure 

  • Part I is an intensive course given before the summer in period V by leading start-up growth experts and investors. It also includes self assessment, workshops and recreational activities with the other students.
  • Part II during the summer and period I is a follow-up course, where the students share their experiences and expand their knowledge on how to run a growth company. The students will host and attend workshops and reflect on their learnings. In AF there is also a possibility for a study trip abroad during the fall, during which students will work further on topics related to high-growth entrepreneurship.


Intensive course on high growth entrepreneurship

The program starts with two weeks long intensive study period, which teaches the Fellows the basics of high-growth entrepreneurship. The speakers are experts in their fields and the topics cover the key principles of leadership, team building, innovation, selling, creativity, legal and finance.

“After the session I knew a great deal more. I was able to have good discussions with other people and manage to build some good arguments – all based on one day’s learnings!“ – Jukka Kujala


Summer internship in a startup

Each Fellow will be working for a real startup or private equity company for the summer. During the summer students organize a workshop for other Fellows in his/her summer internship company to solve a real world business problem of the company.

During past three years students were working for:
Vaaka partners · Reaktor Ventures · Stylewhile · HeiaHeia · Industry Investment · Fingertip · Frosmo · Walkbase · Spatineo · · Oppex · DealDash · Biddl · Foodora · Smarp · Funzi · Duunitori · Wolt · PlanBrothers · · Zenniz · Virta


Study trip to discover international startup ecosystem

Every year students are going abroad to learn from local entrepreneurship ecosystem. During past years students visited to Tel Aviv – Israel (2014), Cape Town – South Africa (2015) and New York & Philadelphia – USA (2016).


How to become the next Aalto Fellow student

Aalto Fellows is targeted to all Aalto students from study year III onwards. AF aims to educate critical thinkers, who are smart and get things done. We want to make extraordinary and usual combinations of Aalto students and companies. The lectures and workshops in the end of May will prepare the students for their internship. During the internship the students will organize and attend workshops. They are also required to reflect on what they have learned during the summer, and submit a paper on their thoughts.

Enrollment to the course
Act fast and fill in your details below in order to apply for the course and the summer of a lifetime! The number of participants is limited to a dozen outstanding Aalto-students. We are looking for the best individuals capable of critical thinking through knowledge and experience. Please follow the next steps to apply for the course:

  • Fill the application form by 31st January 2018
  • Send your CV, motivational letter (both max one page) and your transcript of records to laura.wirtavuori(at) by the deadline, 31st January 2018. Please send them as a single pdf file if possible (name your pdf submission as lastname_firstname_application.pdf), and subject the message with “Application to Aalto Fellows”
  • We will select a maximum of 20 students to the first round. Students will be informed at the beginning of February whether they qualified or not.
  • The selected students will be given a long list of prospect companies to apply for an internship. Students can also apply to companies that are not on the list as long as they fit into the course description (startup, venture fund etc.)
  • The selected students should have secured their internship by mid April


For more information, contact:
Ghita Wallin

Partnering with Aalto Fellows
Do you have a company? Read how to partner with Aalto Fellows to get excellent recruits: HERE