Credits: 5

Schedule: 20.05.2019 - 17.11.2019

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

Responsible teacher:

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

V spring (2018-2019). Not lectured academic year 2019-2020.

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

This course is the first part of Aalto Fellows, a six-month study and work program at designed to develop a theoretical and practical understanding of the techniques for growing technology companies. The course offers comprehensive entrepreneurship education regarding the key principles of leadership, innovation, selling, finance, and creativity. The program will enable the Fellows to develop their core skill sets of an entrepreneur. Each Fellow will develop their skills by leveraging the knowledge and perspectives from professors, company executives, venture capitalists, and industry experts. You will experience the high-growth environment. The intensive course and the workshops represent learning that is multifaceted and holistic. Personal growth will be holistic: you will gain new facts you will remember, you will deepen your understanding of what it takes to be an entrepreneus, you will learn to apply ideas directly into growth operations, and learn to evaluate what makes an (un)attractive new venture.

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Aalto Fellows (Part A) is an intensive course given before the summer by leading start-up growth experts and investors and the workshop that each Fellow organizes during the summer. It consists of knowledge contents in the domains of startup-related leadership, self-development, domain-specific legal and finance, growth stories, storytelling, problem-solving and acceleration in practice.

Details on the course content (applies in this implementation): 

The 10-credit course consists of three parts:

  • Intensive lecture weeks with almost 40 guest lecturers running May 15–May 29,
  • A three month internship at a venture-backed high-growth startup or a venture capital fund, and
  • A course project, which will this year entail the planning and execution of a study trip to Israel.
More information about the course content will be shared with the selected students through Slack, the main communications channel used during the course.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

33%: Quality and level of participation during the intensive period, 33%: Personal growth reflection, 33%: Workshop organization and execution

Elaboration of the evaluation criteria and methods, and acquainting students with the evaluation (applies in this implementation): 

The Aalto Fellows course consists administratively of two parts, whereas this MyCourses page is designed to serve only the first part of the course. The main evaluation criteria for this course will be a rubric presented for the participating students during the first session, accompanied by a discussion on the criteria.

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

5 ECTS, 135hrs
35h lectures
35h in-class group work and workshops
50h site visit workshops
15h online forum interaction

Details on calculating the workload (applies in this implementation): 

Entrepreneurship is all about prioritizing. As a founder there is always more you can, should, and would like to do. The Aalto Fellows Program aims to capture this dynamic The workload approximation is an estimate and has little practical implications, because learning what to focus on and how much time to spend on each thing (apart from mandatory lectures and workshops) is a key part of the learning experience. With very different backgrounds the students will also have different understanding of key concepts prior to the course. Those that have less exposure to the startup ecosystem will have to spend more time understanding the basics and underlying logic behind it.

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Collection of articles and links assigned by the lecturer.

Details on the course materials (applies in this implementation): 

The pre-reading list can be viewed in MyCourses. In addition each guest lecturer can assign and share material relevant to their topics with the students. Typically, there will also be material related to the student-run workshops during the summer.

Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Attendance is mandatory. Course is limited to the candidates selected as Aalto Fellows. For more information on the course and application procedure, please visit

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

All communications will go through the Aalto Fellows Slack channel.

Details on the schedule (applies in this implementation): 

Participation is limited to a group of 12 outstanding students selected through a rigorous application process. The detailed schedule will be shared directly with the selected students.


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