Topic outline

  • General

    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 six (6) 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 Assistant(s): Canan Keles,

    Attendance Policy: As there will only be six (6) lectures in total for this course, attendance is required in at least 3 out of the 6 sessions (50%). In total, attendance will be worth 12% of the grade, which means that one (1) session is worth 2% of the course grade. Please contact the teaching team as soon as possible (Apurva, Canan) in case of any issues with attendances.

    Each lecture (3h) will be split into 2 or 3 sections.

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


    Session 1: Team Values

    • How to create a team of shared values and purpose (connecting to the business itself)

    Session 2: Identifying Value Part I

    • Design Thinking & User Understanding

    Session 3: Identifying Value Part II

    • Design Thinking & Value Propositions

    Session 4: Funding Value

    • How value is funded, VCs, and other funding opportunities.

    Session 5: Ecosystem Value

    •  Entrepreneurial ecosystems, Finnish startup scene, and roles within the ecosystem.

    Session 6: Building Value

    • Lean Startup Approaches, Prototyping and Experimentation.

    Assessment & Grading

    • 12% - Attendance (2% per lecture)
    • 53% - 4 x Individual Essays (7% from first two, 15% for 3rd essay, and 24% for final essay) (more details provided in the first lecture)
    • 15% - 3 x Lecture Notes (instructions provided in first lecture)
    • 20% - Team Presentation (15%) + Peer Evaluation (5%)

    Assessment for the essays will be done using the Biggs Solo Taxonomy: