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721559S Venture Growth Strategies, 6 ECTS cr 
Code 721559S  Validity 01.08.2010 -
Name Venture Growth Strategies  Abbreviation Venture Growth 
Scope6 ECTS cr   
TypeAdvanced Studies Discipline6351 Management 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit Oulu Business School 

Sakari Sipola 

ECTS Credits 

6 credits

Language of instruction 



Period 4, first year of the Master’s program.

Learning outcomes 

After the course the student can understand the risks and rewards related to different growth strategies, recognize the fundamental elements of successful ventures and the needed resources and competencies for developing and scaling them at international markets. The students are able to read the startup landscape at different geographical contexts.


The course provides an overview of high-growth entrepreneurship and the process of building and scaling ventures with significant business potential. Recent advancements in the startup field are discussed with a specific focus on Silicon Valley and different forms of entrepreneurial finance such as public finance and venture capital.

Mode of delivery 

Face-to-face teaching, online activity.

Learning activities and teaching methods 

Blended teaching method of 24 hours of lectures, visiting industry experts, and online work (12h) with reflection (72 h), reading the course literature (50 h), writing the report (38 h). The responsible person will provide further details in the first session.

Target group 

Students of the Master’s program in International Business Management

Prerequisites and co-requisites 

Basic and intermediate studies in international business management

Recommended optional programme components 

721565S Design Driven Innovation, 721434S Selling and Sales Management, 721566S Business Impact Project

Recommended or required reading 

Article collection and online material.

Assessment methods and criteria 

Assessment will be based on individual written report, assignments and lecture activity.


The course utilizes a numerical grading scale 1-5. In the numerical scale zero stands for a fail.

Person responsible 

Sakari Sipola

Working life cooperation 

Visiting industry experts provide real-life cases and examples.

Other information 

The number of students is limited.


Current and future instruction
Functions Name Type ECTS cr Teacher Schedule
registration period has not begun Venture Growth Strategies  Course  Sakari Sipola  22.03.22 -29.04.22

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