Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years (1.8.2018-31.7.2020), which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


After the course, the student can:

  • Solve wide energy-related problems as a part of a group
  • Understand the different parts of a project contract and conduct one with university and company
  • Adopt an entrepreneurial mindset
  • Function as a member of a multidisciplinary project team
  • Understand the basics of business strategy
  • Utilize one's own capabilities and expertise in project environment
  • Pitch and give group presentation of a project's results
  • Consult a network of peers and company representatives

Credits: 10

Schedule: 11.09.2018 - 29.01.2019

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Annukka Santasalo-Aarnio, Annukka Santasalo-Aarnio

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Samuel Cross, Tuomas Paloposki

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The students solve energy-related problems in interdisciplinary teams concerning the emergence of new innovations. The course requires active communication with companies and adopting an entrepreneurial mindset. In initiating the work, the students need to identify customer needs, the wider value chain and to pitch a project concept to the company. Development targets may include services, business models, technical solutions or prototypes and the final outcome will be a report and an accompanying presentation. Each group is assigned an instructor from the university. The course provides workshops to support the project development incorporating the best Aalto and external guest experts on different entrepreneurial and worklife skills.


Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Students will be assessed on the following criteria:

    - Project plan & Pitching

    - Final project presentation and report

    - Professional development

    - Peer review

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Project supporting workshops:  36 h  

    Team Guidance sessions and company interaction: 28 h 

    Team work: 200 h 

    Final seminar: 4h 


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lecture material, references to be provided, other study material will depend on project undertaken

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    EEN-E9010 Energy Project

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    1st year MSc studies.

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    7 Affordable and Clean Energy

    8 Decent Work and Economic Growth

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    13 Climate Action



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