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StartUp School - Idea Contest

StartUp School - Idea Contest

Code: WOR8HH029
Scope: 3 ECTS (81 h)
Timing: 1.-7. semester
Language: English or Finnish depending on the event
Course level: Professional studies (or Free-choice)
Course type: Elective (or Free-choice)

Starting level and linkage with other courses
No prerequisites.

Learning objectives and assessment
The student can present his/her original business idea and is able to quickly develop it based on the feedback, or the student is able to actively contribute and develop peer students’ ideas further.

Recognising and validating prior learning (RPL)
Accreditation of prior learning is applied on the course, according to separate instructions. Please contact startupschool@haaga-helia.fi

Working life connections
The course is run in co-operation with experienced entrepreneurs and business developers.

Depending on the student’s idea and team.

Course Contents
Student can complete the course either by participating in the Idea Contest event organized by StartUp School or by participating in the Idea Contest type of events organized by another stakeholder (e.g. NewCo Helsinki, Aaltoes etc.).

In the Idea Contest organized by StartUp School, the student has two alternatives in participating to get the 3 credit points.

Option 1: Apply to the event with your own idea

  • Selected students participate in pre-pitching
  • Selected students participate in co-creation & pitching final
  • Do post-assignment: evaluation of the learning during the event

Option 2: Participate in co-creation of peer students’ ideas

  • Participate in co-creation and support in pitching final
  • Do post-assignment: evaluation of the learning during the event

If you are participating in the event organized by another stakeholder, always check the suitability and required assignments before signing up to the event from StartUp School (startupschool@haaga-helia.fi). Examples of the events: Startup Weekend and Aalto TeamUp.

Learning methods
Depending on the way of participation (described above).

Assessment criteria
The course is graded on the scale 1-5.  Assessment criteria from GLOBBA Competence Grid.






You know the key concepts within the course’s scope, but are yet to develop the general view and the big picture of the subject matter.

You know the key concepts well and can explain how the theories and models function and the tools are used. You have a general view of the subject matter.

You have a strong command of the key and related concepts. You can critically evaluate theories, models and tools. You can demonstrate explicit knowledge of the subject matter, and how it relates to other disciplines.



You can complete given tasks and assignments with assistance. You need to develop how to apply knowledge.  


You complete given tasks and assignments independently. You apply knowledge in hands-on business related situations. You can critique your own practice and identify ways to improve.


You apply knowledge in demanding business related situations. You can prioritize and critically select tools and methods for solving complex problems in the subject matter.




You demonstrate some ability to perform skills and have basic knowledge, but you have difficulty to manage without assistance.

You demonstrate sufficient ability to perform skills and have basic to good knowledge. You can perform independently, but you have some challenges in passing on your skills and knowledge to others. You have an interest in professional development.


You execute skills with natural proficiency and you have detailed and explicit knowledge. You can perform independently and you are also able and actively willing to help others develop and pass on your skills. You have an attitude of continuous professional development.

Teachers responsible
Please see StartUp School website http://startupschool.fi/who-we-are/coaches/.

Course materials
Depending on the organizer.