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StartUp School - From Idea to Prototype

StartUp School - From Idea to Prototype

 Course name: StartUp School From Idea to Prototype
Code: WOR8HH037
Scope: 5 ECTS (135 h)
Timing: 1-7 semester
Language: English
Course level: Professional Studies (or Free-choice)
Course type: Elective (or Free-choice)

Details of implementation and enrollment:  https://startupschool.fi/from-idea-to-prototype/


Starting level and linkage with other courses
No prerequisites. The students should have a tentative business idea to work with before entering this course.


Learning objectives and assessment 
Upon successful completion of the course, the student can explore his/her business idea further together with team members and other people. The students know how to design their idea and develop it further by using lean startup methodology. The students are able to collect customer feedback and utilize customer insight in development process, create prototype, define and refine their business idea. The students can test their ability to act according to entrepreneurial behavior patterns.


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 develops his/her own business idea with other students and collect feedback from customers.


Students work in multicultural teams in the workshops.


Lean startup methodology
Business idea development
Customer insight


Learning methods
The students will work on individual assignments and group assignments. In the three days of intensive team work based workshops, one day is used for defining and developing each student’s idea.


Assessment criteria
Student acts actively in the workshops and develops each student’s idea further according to the feedback. Course evaluation includes self-evaluation and peer evaluation. Course is evaluated on a scale of 1 to 5. The assessment criteria is presented below. 








Self leadership 

Student can describe own strengths, development areas and entrepreneurial vision. 

+ Based on feedback from others, student recognizes where he needs help and can build his activities based on his own strengths. 

+ Student can create a realistic development plan for himself to support the development of the idea. 


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 materials to support the implementation of own business idea and justifies the need for those. 

Offering development 

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

Student can describe the resources needed to implement the idea. 


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


+ Student can create a business model, explain 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 email startupschool@haaga-helia.fi


Course material
Available on Moodle.