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StartUp School Volunteer

StartUp School Volunteer

Code: WOR8HH021
Scope: 3 ECTS (81 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 enrollment, please, see http://startupschool.fi/what-we-offer/courses/


Starting level and linkage with other courses
No prerequisites.

Learning objectives and assessment
Student is introduced to work life and co-operation in a project settings connected to entrepreneurship. Student learns about startup or entrepreneurship ecosystem. Student is familiar with project work and will have worked in a project group. Student can identify the elements in a successful customer service process and can reflect his/her own competences in a project settings. Student is familiar with working in changing environment and can work in a self-directed way.

Recognizing and validating prior learning (RPL)
Accreditation of prior learning is applied on the course according to separate instructions. Please contact startupschool@haaga-helia.fi.

Working life connections
Key driver of the course is the organization that recruits volunteers. Student receives valuable understanding of startup or entrepreneurship ecosystem. The students are cooperating with project commissioners and implement a project.

Internationality is visible through assignments and participating partners depending on the project.

Course content is based on the type of the volunteer work. Student works as a volunteer according to hiring organization’s needs and guidelines.

Learning methods
Participation in a working life project and a post-assignment.

The course is graded on the scale 1-5.  Assessment criteria from GLOBBA Competence Grid.






You know the key concepts within the course’s scope, but are yet to develop the general view and the big picture of the subject matter.

You know the key concepts well and can explain how the theories and models function and the tools are used. You have a general view of the subject matter.

You have a strong command of the key and related concepts. You can critically evaluate theories, models and tools. You can demonstrate explicit knowledge of the subject matter, and how it relates to other disciplines.



You can complete given tasks and assignments with assistance. You need to develop how to apply knowledge. 


You complete given tasks and assignments independently. You apply knowledge in hands-on business related situations. You can critique your own practice and identify ways to improve.


You apply knowledge in demanding business related situations. You can prioritize and critically select tools and methods for solving complex problems in the subject matter.




You demonstrate some ability to perform skills and have basic knowledge, but you have difficulty to manage without assistance.

You demonstrate sufficient ability to perform skills and have basic to good knowledge. You can perform independently, but you have some challenges in passing on your skills and knowledge to others. You have an interest in professional development.


You execute skills with natural proficiency and you have detailed and explicit knowledge. You can perform independently and you are also able and actively willing to help others develop and pass on your skills. You have an attitude of continuous professional development.

Teachers responsible
Please see StartUp School website http://startupschool.fi/who-we-are/coaches/.

Course materials
Tailored case by case.