Lean platform business design
If you are taking this course as part of a FITech minor, please note that all minors will be offered for the last time in the academic year 2021-2022. Please check the individual courses for updates regarding future availability.
Max amount of FITech students: 10
The course provides a realistic and hands-on experience on creating a software-based product/service in a high scalability startup context. The focus is on ideas that have a platform business characteristic.
Participants will work in teams and use the lean startup process to turn ideas into practice. During the course the participants will work on idea generation to get started, use customer development to elaborate the idea into a product that has a market, and experiment with platform business model design to sketch a business around the product. On the engineering side, the teams will build the software-based products using agilish 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 used tools and platforms will be mostly new to course participants, requiring an active learning attitude. The course also gives an intense teamwork experience that will help to understand the value of modern teamwork tools, transparency, taking and sharing responsibility, commitments and accountability.
The primary mode of teaching is weekly team mentoring and monthly team progress presentations. The course also includes lectures, presentations and individual work.
More info in University of Turku’s study guide.