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Forms of Entrepreneurship

Forms of Entrepreneurship

Code: ENT3LF101
Scope: 5 ECTS
Timing: semester 3
Language: English
Curriculum: GLOBBA16
Course level: Specialisation Studies
Course type: compulsory for ENT specialisation students

Starting level and linkage with other courses
Prerequisite: ENT1LF101 Entrepreneurship.

Learning outcomes
You learn different and continually evolving forms of entrepreneurship: family business, franchise, network business, cooperative etc. You recognize the requirements of different forms for an entrepreneur or a team and their importance to society. You assess the feasibility of an entrepreneurship form to fit your own personal motivations and goals. You identify the different ways of starting a business: self-employment, starting a new independent business, buying/continuing an existing business (= a business transfer) or buying a franchise. You learn the advantages and challenges of a small business internationalisation.


  • family business and business transfer
  • franchise and construction of a franchise chain
  • network business and competence requirements
  • cooperative as a form of team entrepreneurship
  • different ways of starting business
    • ​self-employment
    • starting a new independent business
    • buying/continuing an existing business (= a business transfer)
    • buying a franchise
  • international entrepreneurship

Recognising and validating prior learning (RPL)
If you have acquired the required competence in previous work tasks, recreational activities or on another course, you can show the competence with a demonstration and progress faster through your studies. More information and instructions for RPL are available at MyNet.

Cooperation with the business community
Cooperation with local/international entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship associations.

International orientations as part of student’s entrepreneurship process

Course formats
Contact and distant sessions or educationalisation.

Students' performance is graded on the following scale: Excellent (5), Very good (4), Good (3), Satisfactory (2), Fair (1), Fail (0).
A link to the joint assessment grid. The assessment of one’s own learning.

Course teacher(s)
Maija Suonpää

Learning materials
Materials to be announced in the implementation plan.