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:

10.10.2022 – 19.1.2023

Course format:



2 weeks full-time

Course level:


Field of study:

Business and Economics




School of Business

Tuition fees:

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

The application period for the Spring 2023 Digital Business course has ended.

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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ITP brings together students from various fields of study to solve digital business challenges of ITP business partners. Photo: Petri Anttila

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.

Suomenlinna in winter time
Suomenlinna sea fortress is even more magical during winter. Photo: Helsinki Marketing/Arttu Kokkonen

Experience early spring in Finland

Helsinki and Espoo offer a lot to see also outside of the summer season. Local cafés and restaurants welcome visitors with a warm cup of coffee and Finnish delicacies. Popular sights like the Suomenlinna Sea Fortress have a unique atmosphere in the colder months, not to forget about interesting museums, picturesque libraries and Finnish design. And what better time to truly appreciate your sauna experience than after a cold day?

Snow in March is not a rare occurrence in Helsinki. However, if students want to maximise their chances of visiting a winter wonderland, they can travel further up north before or after the lecture weeks and visit Lapland. Another popular option for a mid-course weekend getaway is the city of Tallinn, located just a short boat ride away from Helsinki.

Read more tips for making the most of your time at the Master Class in our interview with DBMC alumnus Tyler Spring.

Cordelia in a blue winter jacket, pictured smiling with a snowy forest in the background.
Cordelia Blanchard was happy about experiencing the Aalto campus and Helsinki in the winter.

Our class was truly global, which meant that we all had unique perspectives and challenges as we worked together both in lectures and on our consulting projects. Working with a global team allowed us to develop stronger recommendations and learn about managing relationships with those who have had very different lived experiences. Additionally, the program coordinators, professors, and everyone from Aalto were incredibly warm and engaging. Cordelia Blanchard, DBMC alumna spring 2022

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

Read more alumni experiences

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Digital Business Master Class – exactly the course that is needed to keep up with today's business landscape

Shane McMahon attended the DBMC in the summer of 2021 and was particularly happy about working with environmental solutions during the course company project.

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Digital Business Master Class alumnus Kevin Campbell: ‘The perfect bridge between my MBA and my career’

One of the graduates of Digital Business Master Class Spring 2021 is Kevin Campbell

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DBMC Alumnus Tyler Spring: ‘The course is an experience you won’t forget’

Tyler Spring attended the Digital Business Master Class in July 2019, and has successfully translated the course insights into positive changes at his work.

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Summer School alumna Seowon Jung: 'Aalto University has been a fantastic start to my career in Finland'

Aalto University Summer School and Information Technology Program alumna Seowon Jung moved from Seoul to Finland to study marketing at Aalto University


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