Aalto University Summer School

Entrepreneurial Path

Embark on your entrepreneurial journey! Explore entrepreneurial mindsets and learn the tools for creating a sustainable, scalable and viable business model.
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Teaching period:


Application period:

1.2.2021 – 30.6.2021

Course format:



2 weeks full-time



Field of study:





Aalto Ventures Program

Tuition fees:

1400€ (incl. VAT 24%)

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Entrepreneurial Path is a fast-paced summer course offered by Aalto Ventures Program, where participants from around the world come together to explore their entrepreneurial selves. Entrepreneurial capabilities and a driven, decisive mindset are vital in all organisations, and mastering them is key to standing out in today’s competitive business landscape. The course aims to equip students with an entrepreneurial toolkit they could use in any life situation - whether they’re looking to start their own business or join a larger organization.

Storytelling and pitching are some of the focus areas of the course. Storytelling is an extremely effective communication tool in pitching, sales and marketing in today's business landscape. In fact, studies show that audiences are 22 times more likely to remember facts and data when the information is presented in a story.

During an intensive two weeks of lectures and the accompanying independent studying, students will learn relevant concepts, tools and mindsets for any entrepreneurial endeavour they decide to take. The course includes an innovative virtual social program, giving students the opportunity to interact and network with lecturers and other students from around the world!

The focus areas of the course include: 

  • Developing entrepreneurial skills within communication, leadership, business management and strategic thinking to make you competitive in today's work landscape.
  • Exploring out-of-the-box thinking via innovation and creative problem-solving.
  • Learning the methods and tools needed for creating a sustainable, scalable and viable business model.
  • Using storytelling and pitching to engage your listeners and make you stand out.
  • Using systemic thinking to find your place in the wider business ecosystem.
Students learn about the startup ecosystem in a workshop
At Entrepreneurial Path, students explore entrepreneurial mindsets and create business models together.

Studying at Entrepreneurial Path

  1. The study journey starts by exploring an entrepreneurial mindset, followed by team formation – you will find out how to leverage connections and build a support network for your entrepreneurial path.
  2. The next step is to identify your target audience – who are the potential users, and what are their problems?
  3. Once key problems have been identified, potential solutions are explored and iterated.
  4. Following the previous steps is an ecosystem map – where do you plan to operate? What are the contexts, and what will your place in the ecosystem be?
  5. The journey ends in self-reflection and understanding the new version of you – packed with an entrepreneurial mindset and the tools you need to succeed in taking your ideas to the next step.
Information for Summer School Applicants

Course faculty

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Entrepreneurs build the future instead of predicting it

Get behind the scenes with the teachers behind this year’s courses at Aalto University Summer School. Lidia Borisova, Head of Education, Aalto Ventures Program and Simo Lahdenne, university teacher, dig deeper into their course Entrepreneurial Path.

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