Aalto University Summer School

Digital Business

Join a challenge-based course with a focus on digital technologies as tools for building businesses. During the intensive course, students work in international teams to plan digital solutions for real business cases from partnering companies.
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Teaching period:


Application period:

1.2.2023 – 5.5.2023

Course format:



2 weeks full-time

Course level:

Graduate Professional

Field of study:

Business and Economics




School of Business

Tuition fees:

1600€ non-degree students, 0€ Aalto students and nominated exchange students

This course is sold out.

Digital Business Master Class (47E00100) is an interactive and fast-paced graduate-level course (6 ECTS) focusing on digital technologies as tools for building businesses. During the Master Class, students learn how companies transform their processes and systems by implementing digital technologies. Concepts covered include platforms and ecosystems, business design thinking, data-driven marketing, strategic management of technological innovation, data-intensive business and AI ethics. 

Challenge-based learning is an integral part of the Master Class. Students work on company projects in international and multidisciplinary teams. The projects are done in collaboration with partner companies, ensuring that the themes are relevant to the current business environment.

In addition to intensive lecture weeks, the course includes independent pre- and post-work periods. Learning experiences range from insightful discussions in class to multidisciplinary teamwork, independent research and corporate collaboration.

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Students woking in teams at the Design Methods class of Digital Business course. Photo: Ayse Pekdiker
Students woking in teams at the Design Methods class of Digital Business course. Photo: Ayse Pekdiker

Business projects in international teams

Working on a real-life business project with a multinational team offers an unbeatable learning experience. Students are invited to apply their knowledge to challenges provided by Finnish companies and organisations. Working together with a company partner provides meaningful connections with the industry and takes new topics from the classroom to the boardroom.

In addition to working on their digital business skills, participants get valuable experience of multidisciplinary teamwork and build their international communication skills. Whether taking the course online or on-campus, students meet people from different academic and cultural backgrounds, preparing them for international careers. The project work is facilitated by DBMC staff, with tips ranging from presentation skills to successful online teamwork.

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Summer at Digital Business Master Class

Participating in the Digital Business Master Class in the summer gives students an excellent opportunity to enjoy Finland at its best. Visitors can enjoy the surrounding nature in full bloom, take advantage of the countless hours of daylight and experience the vibrant Helsinki city life. Digital Business Master Class organises cultural excursions as a part of the program, and participants are encouraged to take full advantage of the Aalto University Summer School social program as well. 

DBMC alumnus from 2019, Tyler Spring, shares his tips for making the most of your time at the Master Class:  "Make sure you take the time to explore all of the great things that Helsinki has to offer – especially the restaurants and nightlife. The program provides ample time on the weekend to explore outside of Helsinki, and I’d highly recommend taking the short ferry to Tallinn."

Liva Gramlow and a fellow student in black Aalto University presentation holding a presentation during the Digital Business Master Class by Aalto University Summer School.
Liva Gramlow (left) and a student presenting their team project during the Digital Business course.

I gained a lot of new knowledge about the importance and the usage of platform business models, and the lectures about AI showed me that there is still a long way to go to implement the new technology the right way into our society. Additionally, the short exchange with all these international people from different backgrounds has enriched me with many new perspectives. Liva Gramlow, DBMC alumna summer 2022

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