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StartUp School - Legal for startups

StartUp School - Legal for startups

Course name: StartUp School – Legal for Startups
Code: WOR8HH031
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)

Starting level and linkage with other courses
No requirements.


Learning objectives and assessment
As an entrepreneur, student needs introduction to the legal context of the company to be able to avoid bigger problems. Student will analyse and identify most important legal questions when building a business of his/her own. Student will understand of main legal documents especially of beginning as an entrepreneur.


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
Student learns and practices legal skills his/her business point of view.


Internationality is visible through the assignments.



-               Limited Liability Companies

-               Shareholder Agreements

-               Equity, mezzanine and debt financing

-               Different forms of IPRs, their impact to business

-               The methods of proactive legal care

-               General structure of commercial agreements

-               Use of Non-Disclosure agreements

-               Labour law and IPRs

-               Basic competition law rules


Learning methods
Contact lesson, online materials and individual/group assignments.


Assessment criteria
Student works independently and shows activity and entrepreneurial mind-set during the course. Course assessment is on a scale of 1 to 5. The assessment criteria is on scale 1-3-5. Assessment criteria is 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
Janne Jokinen


Course materials
Available in Moodle.