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MA038766 MA10 Lean Software Startup 6 ECTS
Organised by
Person in charge
Antero Järvi, Joni Salminen

Learning outcomes

To provide an experimental learning opportunity for technical and business people together to turn business ideas into startup businesses. To put software engineering and marketing skills into practice in a real-life startup project.


The course offers a hands-on experience in creating a software-based company. Students will work in teams using the lean startup process to turn ideas into business. During the course the students will work on idea generation to get started, customer development to elaborate their idea into a product that has a viable market, and business model design to build a business around the product. The engineering students focus on building software-based products using agile development process, tools and practices to rapidly iterate the products into something the customers will use. The products are based on web technologies, cloud services and mobile platforms. The business students work to validate customer demand and business model through methods of customer development and business model generation. The course offers an intense teamwork experience that will help to understand the value of modern teamwork tools, transparency, taking and sharing responsibility, commitments and accountability. The course will also familiarize the participants with the local startup communities. The primary mode of teaching is weekly team mentoring and monthly team progress presentations.

Teaching methods

Lectures, small group teaching, group work and independent work. These will be explained in detail in the beginning of the course.

Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Project / practical work
  • In English
Study journal / learning diary
  • In English
Participation in classroom work
  • In English
Project / practical work and Study journal / learning diary and Participation in classroom work


Numeric 0-5.

Recommended year of study

2nd or 4th year. The period will be announced later.

Study materials

  1. Ries, Eric. The lean startup: How today´s entrepreneurs use continuous innovation to create radically successful businesses. 2011
  2. Osterwalder, Alexander; Pigeneur, Yves. Business model generation: A handbook for visionaries, game changers, and challengers. Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons. 2010.
  3. Blank, Steve; Dorf, Bob. The Startup Owner's Manual: The Step-By-Step Guide for Building a Great Company. K & S Ranch. 2012.

Further information

Intake of business students is 12, students majoring in marketing are preferred.

Belongs to following study modules

Department of Marketing and International Business
Department of Marketing and International Business
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
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Department of Marketing and International Business
Operations and Supply Chain Management
Economic Geography
International Business
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Business Japanese
Economic Sociology
Business Chinese