YRIS2410 Venture Lab (5 cr)

Study level:
Advanced studies
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Responsible organisation:
Jyväskylä University School of Business and Economics
Curriculum periods:
2017-2018, 2018-2019, 2019-2020



Students will work in teams to analyze an opportunity and create a business model to solve a market based problem. The core goal is to gain increased understanding of how emergent innovations translate into commercial reality and might transform society. We survey case examples of both successful and failed businesses and generally grapple with the difficulties of deploying and diffusing products. The class will include live case studies of established and emerging businesses through talks by invited business speakers. We explore a range of business models and opportunities. Students will work on a project originating from their own business idea, or solve a problem provided by a partner firm. The project will develop throughout the term, with multiple reviews, and culminating in a final presentation.

Completion methods

Contact teaching course, autumn semester 2nd period. The study methods of the contact teaching course are specified in the study program annually.

Assessment details

Accepted completion of the designated assignments. The assessment criteria of the course is specified in the study program annually.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
- understand the new venture creation process from opportunity recognition to a launch of a sustainable business
- know several tools to analyze business
- critically analyze business opportunities
- write a business model description
- develop their entrepreneurial and creative thinking and problem solving skills
- improve their communication and presentation skills

Description of prerequisites

Majority of obligatory IBE courses completed

Study materials

Collection of journal articles


  • Ries Eric (2011) The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses. Crown Publishing.
  • Osterwalder Alexander and Pigneur Yves (2010). Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers. Wiley.
  • Allen, Kathleen (2011). Launching new ventures: An entrepreneurial approach. South-Western Cengage Learning.

Completion methods

Method 1

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Parts of the completion methods

Teaching (5 cr)

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