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StartUp School - Light Entrepreneurship

StartUp School - Light Entrepreneurship

Code: WOR8HH035
Scope: 3 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 enrollment: https://startupschool.fi/light-entrepreneurship/



Starting level and linkage with other courses
No requirements.


Learning objectives and assessment
A light entrepreneur is a person who works for a client(s) without an employment contract. The course advances the entrepreneurial mindset, improves basic knowledge of business processes and shows options to try the entrepreneurial path without establishing a company. There are several ways to work this way and this course helps student to choose the best option for her/him. During the course, student also familiarizes him/herself with the process of starting a cooperative society and joining one.


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


Internationality is visible through the assignments.


Cooperative community
Invoicing service
Basic legal requirements of being an entrepreneur and running a business


Learning methods
Online course and individual assignments.


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









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
Ulla Huovinen


Course materials
Available in Moodle.