Topic outline

  • Welcome to the course!

    The course's overall structure is situated around the topic of “value." Value creation and capture is at the core of entrepreneurship, and thus, over the 4 sessions in this course, we will dive into the different aspects of value - in the context of entrepreneurship and, particularly, high-growth entrepreneurship.

    Contact information for the course 

    • Teacher Responsible: Apurva Ganoo ( 
    • Teaching Assistants: Canan Keles, Yeon Lee,

    Attendance Policy: As there will only be four (4) lectures in total for this course, attendance is required in at least 2 out of the 4 sessions (50%). In total, attendance will be worth 10% of the grade, meaning that one (1) session is worth 2.5% of the course grade. Please contact the teaching team as soon as possible (Apurva, Canan, Yeon) in case of any issues with attendances.

    Assessment & Grading (will be further explained in the first session).

    10% - Attendance (2.5% per lecture)
    60% - 3 x Individual Essays + mind-map (15% per essay, 30% for the last one)
    20% - Team Report + Peer Evaluation (5%)
    10% - Team Presentation + Peer Evaluation (5%)

    Lecture Plan: Each lecture (3h) will be split into 2 or 3 sections:

    • First part: Fundamentals & Recap
    • Second part: Guest Lecture / Industry Perspective
    • Third part: Interactive Element (Workshop, Q&As, etc.)

    Session 1: Team Values

    • Self-awareness, psychological safety, team-building
    • How to create a team of shared values and purpose (connecting to the business itself)
    • Guest Lecture: Juho Makkonen (CEO, Sharetribe)

    Session 2: Identifying Value

    • Design thinking, business models, and value propositions
    • Startup perspective on identifying their “north star” or finding a value opportunity that aligns with their views
    • Guest Lecture: Henrik Ilvesmäki (Founder, GiveH20) + Maybe 1 more?

    Session 3: Funding Value

    • Funding innovation, ways of funding or incentivizing certain elements.
    • VC Perspective, how does the VC model actually work, when can you use it?
    • Guest Lecture: Jonne Kuittinen (Deputy Chief Executive, FVCA)

    Session 4: Building Value

    • Overview of the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem, with a focus on the Aalto entrepreneurial ecosystem
    • Prototyping and Experimentation - how to go from an idea to an experiment.
    • Guest lecture: Josefiina Kotilainen, (CEO, Startup Foundation)

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      Deadline :10 November 2023 at 17:00.

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      Indicate your team formation in Mycourses until 10 November Friday at 17:00pm.