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Innovation consultant work in practice


In this course, the students work with real innovation projects for early-phase start-ups. The lecturer quality assures the various cases and presents them online in advance of the semester. The course is organized as whole days and attendance is expected in all of these, as well as work between.

Students will form consulting teams of up to 5 students. Then they will choose two cases, create two offers with time estimation, clarify priorities and one or more key issues to be solved. After the lecturer has decided which teams are allowed to work on which start-up cases, the teams must sign a contract with the entrepreneurs and work on the start-up case between. It must be noted and kept an overview of hours used. The teams will answer the problem by gathering information and using relevant start-up theories and tools for economic, HR, management and organization, strategy and marketing issues. Students will transfer skills from teaching in, for example, accounting and marketing to a business idea. Therefore, it is also included to build models of the company in Excel where one creates scenarios for how the company changes operationally and economically at different strategic choices. A reasoned recommendation is expected in the final report.

Course content

  • An offer for a contract
  • Negotiations
  • Contract clarification and agreement with the client
  • Process work with the client, innovator / case
  • Consultant report with recommendation
  • Timesheet
  • Individual reflection as a video


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