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A320A0010 Start-up Challenge, 6 cr 
Code A320A0010  Validity 01.08.2019 -
Name Start-up Challenge  Abbreviation Start-up Challe 
Credits6 cr   
TypeBasic studies  
  Grading scaleStudy modules 0-5,P/F 
  Eligibility for post-graduate studiesno
    Allowed to study several timesno
Organisation LUT School of Business and Management 

Maria Uzhegova 
Anna Vuorio 

Description by Study Guide

Location: Lappeenranta

Please note: the students who have taken A210A0702 New Venture Management cannot take this course.



KTK 2-3



Teaching Language 


Teacher(s) in Charge 

Post-doctoral researcher, D.Sc. (Econ. & Bus. Adm.) Anna Vuorio

Junior researcher M. Sc. (Econ. & Bus. Adm.) Maria Uzhegova (edit. 22.5.2019)


After completing the course, students will be able to:

- understand a start-up culture and operate in a start-up setting

- recognize and evaluate start-up challenges

- apply creative problem-solving techniques

- manage creativity in an international, cross-disciplinary team

- plan, manage and execute challenge-based, short-term projects

- understand and apply the principles of agile, lean and social start-up

- develop and pitch a client-oriented solution



Are you an entrepreneur? Are you considering an entrepreneurial career or work in a small, agile and rapidly growing firm? Would you like to get a sense of what it feels to be a part of an engineering start-up team and deal with start-up challenges on a daily basis? In all these cases, this course is for you! Despite the rising popularity of entrepreneurship, start-up culture brings its own unique set of challenges and problems that its leaders must commit to addressing. A number of technical, engineering challenges await a start-up already at the stages of product/service development, proof of concept and prototyping. Furthermore, multiple managerial issues constantly emerge – dealing with limited resources and fierce competition, a need to build external relations being a small firm, a need in a constant change and agility along with a mission to grow rapidly.

The course is designed in a way that every student gets a chance to get a deep dive into the challenges of a real start-up and help the company in solving these challenges. Just like in a real-life situation, the real start-up firms invited to participate in managerial and strategic business challenges (business strategy, innovation, and new venture management), to be solved by the course students with the help of experienced mentors. The course encourages lean start-up and social entrepreneurship principles in dealing with entrepreneurial challenges. (Edit. 3.6.2019)

Teaching Methods 

Lectures 10 h, 1st and 2nd period. Board meetings 2 h, 2nd period. Independent project work in the teams (the team defines working schedules, practices and responsibilities by itself) 148 h, 1st-2nd periods. Total workload 160 h.

Examination in Examination schedule (Yes/No) 


Examination in Moodle (Yes/No) 


Examination in Exam (Yes/No) 


Assessment scale and assessment methods 

Grade 0-5, evaluation 0-100 points; challenge solution 80 % (presentation and report), team blog 20 %.

Course Materials 

Lecture materials, additional readings, start-up challenge’ materials


Recommended, but not required: A370A0001 Johtamisen ja yrittäjyyden perusteet; A370A0401 Case-Course of Business; A380A6050 Introduction to International Business and Planning; A130A0550 Introduction to Organizational Behavior

Limitation for students? (Yes, number, priorities/Leave empty) 


Places for exchange-students? (Yes, number/No) 

max 10

Places for Open University Students?(Yes, number/No) 



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