Credits: 6

Schedule: 24.02.2020 - 03.04.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Patrick Schulist

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

Patrick Shulist


Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Period IV (Spring 2019, Otaniemi campus)
Period IV (Spring 2020, Otaniemi campus)


Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Students gain a topical overview of current scholarly and policy discussions about sustainable entrepreneurship, and learn to analyse the social and ecological sustainability of current business practices. Based on individual learning interests, students are able to engage in real-life sustainability research, consultancy or start-up projects. They learn to identify practical challenges for developing sustainable business solutions, and to present their solutions to different stakeholders, such as entrepreneurs, civic society organizations and policy makers.

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The course focuses on the promise of sustainable entrepreneurship to play a key role in the transition towards a more socially and ecologically responsible economy and society. A unique feature of the course design is that it complements lecture sessions with a strong emphasis on challenge-based learning in cooperation with real-life stakeholders (e.g. public institutions, civic society organizations, private enterprises). Students are able to integrate their personal interests and leverage their knowledge in sustainability by selecting between different actor-learning profiles (e.g. researcher, consultant, entrepreneur). The course concludes with the Sustainable Entrepreneurship Day, a yearly public event connecting Aalto students with the entrepreneurship ecosystem

Details on the course content (applies in this implementation): A major part of the course will be group projects.  Partners for these projects are being finalized, but preliminarily should include:

  • United Nations Technology Innovation Lab
  • Multiple startups from A-Grid
  • NGOs

In addition, you can pursue your own sustainability-related start-up idea.  This is a great opportunity to push an idea and get constructive feedback on it.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Written group assignment (50%)
Oral group assignment (20%)
Individual written assignment (30%)

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

24 h contact hours
136 h independent work

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

A variety of articles on sustainability entrepreneurship. More detailed instructions will be provided in the course syllabus.

Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

0 (fail) to 5 (excellent)

Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Registration via WedOodi ends 7 days before the period starts.

Further Information (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The course is open to all Aalto students. Priority is given to students in (1) MSc Entrepreneurship, (2) MSc Creative Sustainability, (3) CEMS, and (4) other Aalto BIZ Master’s programmes. Students can further develop their venture ideas initiated in other Aalto courses, such as 25E50000 Venture ideation or 21E10000 How to change the world.



Details on the schedule (applies in this implementation): 

Classes are Monday and Tuesday From February 24-March 10.

An additional mandatory project consultation will happen on March 24, while final presentations will be on April 1st (and are not an April Fools' joke).


Registration and further information