Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, 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.


At the end of this course, students are expected to be able to:
1.    Develop an entrepreneurial idea into a viable early venture
2.    Communicate compellingly their idea and venture to outside stakeholders such as potential investors, clients and partners, in order to secure their support

Credits: 6

Schedule: 02.11.2021 - 16.12.2021

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Gregory O'Shea

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

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teams graduating from Venture Ideation and other Aalto teams that are selected into the course will receive customised mentoring from professional entrepreneurs and investors on their entrepreneurial idea, with the aim of developing it into a viable early venture. The final ideas will be presented to a panel of experienced judges and have the opportunity to attract further interest and resources.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Team assignments 100%
    Also, a peer evaluation will be used to adjust individuals grades on the team assignments.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    1. Contact hours 9 h (kick-off session and two presentation sessions)
    2. Mentor sessions 6 h
    3. Group work assignments 145 h


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    This course is experiential and there are no required readings. Buying or renting a textbook is optional; either one of the following textbooks are recommended:

    1. Barringer B. R. and Ireland D. (2012) Entrepreneurship: Successfully launching new ventures. Pearson.

    2. Spinelli S., Adams R. and Timmons J. A. (2015) New Venture Creation: Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century. McGraw Hill Higher Education.

Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    8 Decent Work and Economic Growth

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Admission to this course is at the team level. The maximum number of teams admitted is 10.

    Selection of successful teams will be based on a 3' venture idea pitch submitted at the time of registration. 
    This course requires physical presence and active participation in teamwork and is not designed for distance learning.

    Open to all Aalto master's students. 


    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Autumn II

    2021-2022 Autumn II

    Course Homepage:

    Registration for Courses: In the academic year 2021-2022, registration for courses will take place on Sisu ( instead of WebOodi.

    Registration via Sisu ends 7 days before the period starts.