Credits: 3

Schedule: 08.09.2015 - 13.10.2015

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

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

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

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): 

https://mycourses.aalto.fi/course/search.php?search=TU-E4040

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.

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