Deep Dive into Entrepreneurship

Hands-on skills to use in any startup or to start your own business

Deep Dive into Entrepreneurship  

Summer school

This course is all about your start-up - how to establish it, run it and manage it. You will get hands-on skills, you can use in any start-up or to start your own business. You will practice these skills in-class by building a real start-up business based on your own idea. Research based knowledge on proven keys to success and what it takes for an individual or a group to succeed will be included as well

About the programme


Subject: Entrepreneurship – Deep Dive into Entrepreneurship

Duration: 2 weeks

Dates: 3 August – 14 August 2020

Language: English - please note that VIA University College requires students attending VIA Summer School to be fluent in English. All summer schools requires active particpation both orally and in writing. This means students must have an English level of at least B2 (CEFR scale) upon arrival.

Credits: 5 ECTS

Academic level: BA level

Prerequisites: Students must have completed 1.5 years of study at bachelor level

Course fee:

  • EU citizens = 5150 DKK (app. 690 EUR)
  • Non-EU citizens = 8900 DKK (app. 1190 EUR)

Course fee includes:

  • Classes and tuition
  • Social programme including welcome and farewell events (we organise 2-3 events pr. week)
  • Goodie bag with a map of Aarhus, a water bottle and a pen
  • Personalised graduation certificate

Accommodation, meals (food and drink), insurance, visa and travelling expenses to and from Denmark are not included in the fee.

Application deadline: 1 April, 2020

Location: VIA University College, Aarhus City Campus, Aarhus Denmark

About the course
Gain the essential knowledge needed to either start your own business or join a start-up business. Get hands-on experience by building real start-up businesses

The Deep Dive into Entrepreneurship course is all about your start-up, establishing it, running it, and managing it. This course uses the  ”lean business platform” and the theory behind the "Lean Start-up" concept to give students the essential knowledge needed to either start their own business or join a start-up. Students will get hands-on skills, they can use in any start-up or to start their own business. Every student will practice these skills in-class by building a real start-up business based on their own idea.

The course will also cover traditional new venture development and the entrepreneurial process (problem identification, innovation, business plans, fund raising and launching).

In addition, the essential knowledge derived from entrepreneurship research covering proven keys to success, as well as scientific research about what it takes as an individual and a group to succeed in entrepreneurship will be included.

Learning outcomes

  • Learn useful basics of problem identification, idea formation & brainstorming, idea validation, risk assessment, launching, pricing and crowdfunding
  • Gain the latest knowledge from scientific research about startups, including definition of entrepreneurship and more
  • Learn about team creation and team dynamics
  • Gain practical skills and experience starting a real business based on your own ideas
  • Gain practical skills and experience in lean business platform
  • Presenting your startup to a panel of investors.


Teaching and exam

The pedagogical approach of this summer school is an action-reflection theory, which means that we are always testing learning and theory through practical exercises. The teaching will be workshop based with a mix of short theoretical lectures, presentations of – and training in – tools, and reflection on the learning. 

In addition, you will work with and get inspiration from other participants and you will get the opportunity to work on your own projects as well.

Preliminary litterature:

  • Alexander Osterwalder og Yves Pigneur, The Business Model Canvas
  • Eric Ries, The Lean Startup
  • VIA, Grow a Business, Triple Business Model Canvas


The exam consists of:

1. Business Model Canvas and completed lean business platform portfolio.

2. A 30 minute ”open for the campus” oral group presentation and discussion about the business idea. The groups consist of 3-4 persons.

More information and application can be found on our English website.

Practical information
The course fee does not include food or accommodation expenses.
You are always welcome to contact us if you have any questions

VIA Summer School
Project Manager
Anna Kronborg Bell

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