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StartUp School - Developing Entrepreneurial Mindset

StartUp School - Developing Entrepreneurial Mindset

Course name: StartUp School – Developing Entrepreneurial Mindset
Code: WOR8HH022
Scope: 5 ECTS (135 h)
Timing: 1.-7. semester
Language: English or Finnish
Course level: Professional Studies (or Free-choice)
Course type: Elective (or Free-choice)

Details of implementation and enrolment.

Starting level and linkage with other courses

No requirements. It is better to have a business idea to work with before entering this course.

Learning objectives

You will analyse yourself as an entrepreneur and learn to understand entrepreneurial lifestyle. By taking the first steps to define and develop the idea towards feasible business, you will start building your own entrepreneurial path. You also analyse and start to extend your entrepreneurial network during this course.

Recognizing and validating prior learning (RPL)

Accreditation of prior learning is applied on the course according to separate instructions. Please contact

Working life connections

Student develops his/her own business idea with an experienced coach.


Internationality is visible through the assignments and group works.


  • Me as an Entrepreneur
  • Entrepreneurship as a lifestyle
  • Customer problem and value proposition
  • Idea description
  • Prototype creation and minimum viable product and customer validation
  • Network analysis
  • Pitching your idea to the entrepreneurial society

Learning methods

Two DEM meetings, independent assignments, giving feedback to the other students and pitching.

Assessment criteria

Student works independently and shows activity and development his/her entrepreneurial mindset during the course. Course assessment is on a scale of 1 to 5. The assessment criteria is on a scale of 1-3-5.





Self leadership

Student understands own strengths and development areas. He/she identifies own entrepreneurial vision.

+ Based on self-analysis and discussions with others, student recognizes where he needs help and can build his activities based on this analysis.

+ Student creates a realistic and personal entrepreneur development plan and starts to implement it.


Student describes his own network and recognizes for whom (stakeholders) he needs to communicate the business idea.


+ Student identifies the communication needs related to each stakeholder.

+ Student prepares communication plan to support the implementation of the business idea and justifies the need for those.

Idea development

Student takes the first customer contacts to test the idea and vision.

Student can describe the idea and value proposition of the idea.

+ Student has tested and developed the idea further based on the feedback.

+ Student analyse and describe the business model of the idea

+ Student can create a business model, pitch and justify it.

Team work

Contribution in the team’s work effort is active.

+ Good contribution in the team’s work effort, active attendance and participation.

+ Impressive contribution in the team’s work effort, active attendance, participation and gives feedback and new ideas to the other students’ work.

Teachers responsible

Please see the StartUp School website 

Course material

Available on Claned