Espoo, Finland

Scale-Up Leadership

when 1 August 2022 - 12 August 2022
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 6 EC
fee EUR 1600

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.

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.

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.

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.

Course leader

Lidia Borisova, Head of Education at Aalto Ventures Program
Peter Kenttä, D.Sc., Visiting Lecturer, Department of Industrial Engineering and Management at Aalto University

Target group

The minimum requirement for applying to the Scale-Up Leadership course is a finished bachelor's degree or relevant experience from a leadership position in a startup or scaleup company. Scale-Up Leadership is a master's level course, and students should have experience in business studies and/or entrepreneurship to keep up with the pace of the course.

We accept applications from practitioners, lifelong learners, exchange students and Aalto degree students.

Admission quotas
To ensure the best possible learning environment and relevance, we use quotas for the admission of different types of learners:

Practitioners in entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship, and other life-wide learners
Students with a completed bachelor’s degree. This includes Aalto degree students, exchange students and students from other universities. If the practitioner quota is not filled, more applicants from this category may be accepted on the course.

Course aim

After the course students will be able to:

Identify typical leadership problems and formulate remedies to those challenges in scaling up businesses and ventures
Preemptively tackle problems that are associated with different stages of entrepreneurship and venture formation
Avoid typical pitfalls and identify leverage points in culture development and teambuilding
Communicate ideas with reasonable argumentations and sell your ideas
Think critically from a sustainable perspective
Interpret data and question conventions critically
Spot epistemic boundaries (also your boundaries) and know how to break through them
Learn the mindset and tools to improve your professional and personal life through self-assessment and self-development
Think creatively – breaking out of the box
See the big picture and make connections by systemic thinking

Fee info

EUR 1600: Tuition fee (incl. 24% VAT)
EUR 300: Programme fee (incl. 24% VAT)