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.


Starting Up is an introductory level course about the central features of founding and running a startup company. The course is targeted for all students who want to learn more about the topic, regardless of their background and experience.

The course will provide the student with an understanding of the basics of entrepreneurship. To facilitate the thinking of starting a business, the students will sketch their own Not-a-Business-Plan an outline of what their own business could look like by applying the tools presented in the course.

After completing the course, the student

  • can describe how startups differ from other types of companies
  • can name the typical phases of building a startup
  • can identify and state a problem that could serve a basis for a startup
  • knows how to validate such a problem
  • is familiar with the typical phases in identifying a product-market fit
  • is familiar with the phases of the fundraising process and the differences between different funding
  • instruments
  • can create the outline of a business plan

Credits: 2

Schedule: 08.08.2022 - 31.12.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Lauri Järvilehto

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:

    Different types of entrepreneurship, startup-phase as a particular form of entrepreneurship, recognizing, defining and validating a problem, creating a solution, customer need as basis for entrepreneurship, understanding product-market fit, building a team, starting a company, fundraising, venture capital as a form of funding, venture growth.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Passing the course requires reading through the online material and completing the tasks and questionnaires.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    2 ECTS = 54h
    Reading and online materials 27h
    Tasks and questionnaires 27h


Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 Autumn I - Summer
    2023-2024 Autumn I - Summer

    Enrollment :

    Registration for Courses: Registration for courses will take place on Sisu (