Smartups in Health

Campus Kuopio

Duration and credits: two weeks, 5 ECTS
Teaching Language: English
Level: Master
Max. number of attendees: not limited
Course coordinator: Ville-Veikko Piispanen,
Responsible department: Business School, Kuopio Campus
Learning outcomes:
Knowledge related:

  • Understand and explain theoretical ideas concerning startup companies, user-led innovation, business models, startup finance, circular economy
  • Analyze research literature on startup processes
  • Understand and apply the lean startup process model

Skills related:

  • Co-create startup prototypes with future oriented value proposals
  • Analyze startup progress and challenges, solve problems
  • Explore startup funding processes, funding sources and investor expectations
  • Reflect on learning processes of individuals and teams


Lean startup process, startup funding, health business, sustainability, team dynamics
Modes of study: Class meetings 40 h, independent study 95 h. Compulsory participation in class meetings.
Study materials: 1) Articles and other readings 2) Videos.
Evaluation criteria: Pitch presentation and written report (60 %)
Reflection paper (40 %)
Active participation in class meetings (accepted/rejected)
Teachers: Professor Päivi Eriksson, professor Mervi Niskanen, Dr Ville-Veikko Piispanen, Dr Markus Mättö