Aalto University Summer School

Scale-Up Leadership

Are you leading a growing organisation or managing a team in a startup that is scaling up? Are you an aspiring leader with a genuine passion for entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship? Growing your business alongside your team is not always easy.

Scale-Up Leadership is a master's level course by Aalto University Summer School and Aalto Ventures Program that will equip you with the tools you need for leading your people and their organizational culture during fast-paced growth.
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Teaching period:


Application period:

1.2.2022 – 31.5.2022

Course format:



2 weeks full-time



Field of study:





School of Science

Tuition fees:

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

Scale-Up Leadership is an interactive and fast-paced graduate-level course (6 ECTS) focusing on leadership in the growth stage of an organisation. The course includes two intensive weeks on campus as well as pre-and post-assignments. 

After this course, you will be able to solve typical leadership challenges, learn best practices for team building and developing organisational culture and communicate and sell your ideas to stakeholders. The focus is on concrete business problems and hands-on work - students will practice challenging discussions in a supportive environment and improve as professionals through self-assessment.

There are a lot of different challenges in the scaling-up phase of the new venture. Starting from how to simultaneously secure the cash flow and develop the product to hiring and retaining new employees, there are a lot of growth opportunities but also growth pains to consider while taking your business to the next level.

However, while these challenges can be solved through implementing business plans and other well-known management tools, the soft side of leadership and leading the growth of one’s team are often left adrift. 

In this course we will consequently focus on addressing the domain of interaction and communication during the scale-up phase of a venture or enterprise: managing the growing team and leading the culture of the organization. 

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Extend your networks and exchange experiences

Networking and exchanging experiences with your peers from the industry is a central part of the course. By working on challenges in multinational teams you will gain valuable experience of multidisciplinary teamwork and build your international communication skills while you and your coursemates can share valuable knowledge from your own personal experiences with each other.

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Experience summer in Finland

A fun social experience is an essential part of summer school. We believe that enjoying the Finnish summer is the best way to get the most out of intense academic experiences and challenging coursework. Visitors can enjoy the surrounding nature in full bloom, take advantage of the countless hours of daylight and experience the vibrant Helsinki city life. 

Helsinki and Espoo offer a lot to see and do during summer. Take the ferry to some of the close-by islands for a dip in the sea or grab a cold drink at the terrace of some of the picturesque restaurants in the city centre of Helsinki. Another popular option for a mid-course weekend getaway is the city of Tallinn, Estonia, located just a short boat ride away from Helsinki.

Read more tips for making the most of your time in Finland in our interview with Summer School alumnus Tyler Spring.

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Contact the course teachers

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Lidia Borisova

Head of Education at Aalto Ventures Program

[email protected]

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Peter Kenttä

D.Sc., Visiting Lecturer
Department of Industrial Engineering and Management at Aalto University

[email protected]

Read more about Aalto Ventures Program


Aalto Ventures Program (external link)

The program prepares students for high-growth entrepreneurship through top-level education and curricular activities.

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Untap your entrepreneurial potential with this summer's leadership course by Aalto University Summer School and AVP

The Scale-Up Leadership summer course by Aalto University Summer School and Aalto Ventures Program equips you with the tools you need for leading your people and the company culture during fast-paced growth.


The application period is open until 31.5.2022 23:59 (UTC+3)

Apply now!
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