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Aalto Ventures Program Summer Course - Creating Multidimensional Experiences

Learn to create immersive experiences in a multidisciplinary team of international students, working together towards a sustainable future. During three weeks of magical Finnish summer, you will go from an idea to a validated sustainable business concept, learn by doing, and get to know and understand the globally renowned startup culture in Helsinki.
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The course has four focus areas: understanding the culture and people, learning the methods and tools for creating sustainable experiences with a viable business model, using storytelling and pitching to make your business stand out and doing all this while taking care of one’s own wellbeing.

To create a good experience, one must understand the environment. Course participants will get an in-depth look into the Aalto University Startup Ecosystem, as they visit venues such as Startup Sauna and Aalto Design Factory and meet with passionate students as well as employees and founders of some of the most innovative, sustainability-focused companies in the country. Additionally, the participants will visit some iconic locations and events in Helsinki, such as museums and the state-of-the-art Oodi library, and experience the best Finland has to offer during the short but intense Nordic summer.

A good experience is also a good business. During the course, participants will form groups and get their hands dirty, delving deep into teamwork, design thinking, UX design, business modeling and user research in order to get from an idea into a prototype of an experience. Guided by industry professionals, mentors and AVP teachers, students will use an iterative process where they interview real potential customers and work their way from the original idea to an experience that includes a physical, digital and a social dimension, and is also a viable, sustainable business concept.

No experience is good enough if no one knows about it. Great experiences are not only experienced, but also created together with others. With the help of training provided by professional pitching coaches, groups will constantly share their ideas to the staff and other students, while also preparing for the final pitches to blow the socks off of potential investors and stakeholders. The course then culminates in a showcase, where the groups will present the prototypes of the experiences they have created to the international audience.

The best experiences are the ones created by people who are happy. Making something new is hard work, but working too hard often leads to everyone being worse off. The course takes a firm stand in preventing burnouts, which have become an increasingly common problem among students. In addition to working on their projects, students will also learn about time management and focus on personal wellbeing and social interaction. By the end of the course, students will not only have created a new enjoyable experience, but also gone through one ­– in a sustainable way and together with new friends.

Application

The application period for Creating Multidimensional Experiences 2020 is already open. Find the application guidelines here and apply already today!

We use a continuous selection process. If the course fills up before the application period ends, registration will be closed earlier. Applicants who applied will be informed personally.

Aalto Ventures Program is the entrepreneurship education program at Aalto University. At AVP, students work in multidisciplinary teams, do hands-on exercises and gain tools of mass disruption, ready to be used either to construct a startup or to renovate an existing company from within.  In a world that changes faster every day, the best way to predict the future is to build it yourself. We teach students to build like an entrepreneur.

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