Credits: 3

Schedule: 10.09.2019 - 15.10.2019

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

I can be contacted by email (, mobile (+358 41 503 4508) and am available on a drop in basis or by appointment in my office in Tuas Talo (Maarintie 8) 2168 next to AVP Space on the second floor

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

I autumn (2018-2019, 2019-2020)

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

This course has been designed to enhance student's understanding of the process expert entrepreneurs rely on to transform ideas into opportunities often in highly ambiguous and uncertain contexts. After this course, students will: a) develop the acumen to distinguish between ideas and opportunities, b) explore creative possibilities as a basis for making innovation choices, c) be alert to spotting patterns, d) communicate with impact, and e) gain an appreciation for what it entails to be an entrepreneur.

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Expert entrepreneurs shape opportunities through the lens of their own means (passions, skills, networks), devise affordable loss experiments to test viability (prototyping), engage co-creators to shape the opportunity with them, and are open to the element of surprise. Discovering opportunities that are stimulating, "doable" and "worth doing" is a design driven process that is honed with practice. We will be iterating between divergence (exploring possibilities) and convergence (making choices) continually through the course. The group challenge is based on a contemporary issue that is both provocative and open to interpretation.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Masterclasses, workshops, cases, group challenge

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

R&R Business Case (individual)  20%

Mission to Space (individual) 20%

Ideation Diary (individual) 10%

Ideation Nugget (group) 50%

Details on calculating the workload (applies in this implementation): Face-to-Face sessions    18 hours
Individual Work                 20 hours
Group Work                      43 hours

81 hours (3 ECTS) 

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Saras Sarasvathy "What Makes Entrepreneurs Entrepreneurial?" and other resource materials available on the course website.

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

Business press articles, industry research reports and other materials are uploaded on the MyCourses platform as background resources.

Substitutes for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Replaces the courses TU-91.120, TU-91.2003 and TU-91.2103

Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):

Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The number of participants will be limited to 120 and the course is open to all students of Aalto. Students minoring in Creativity & Venturing and Aalto Ventures Program Minor/Startup minor are given priority.

Details on the schedule (applies in this implementation): 

R&R Business Case (Individual Submission)  26.9

Mission to Space (Individual Submission)  12.10

Ideation Learning Diary (Individual Submission) 19.10


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