Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Startup (BØK385)

Do you have a start-up idea? Are you interested in addressing today's sustainability challenges through your startup idea? Perhaps you are simply interested in the process of turning ideas into practical startup projects, or learning about the journey of entrepreneurship?

The Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Startup course offers you not only the opportunity to learn useful and sought-after knowledge on sustainability- and innovation-driven entrepreneurship, but also to challenge your skills in establishing your entrepreneurship journey.

The course builds on the "Disciplined Entrepreneurship" 24-step approach, where students gradually go through a step-by-step process of translating business ideas into practical start-up projects. Through such journey, students also learn the societal and environmental implications of their startup development. Throughout the semester, students train to present and evaluate their ideas and develop a business plan, which can further be used to seek for potential funding. In addition, students also get to learn from and discuss with local entrepreneurs in the region.

NB! This is an elective course and may be cancelled if fewer than 10 students are enrolled by August 20th for the autumn semester.

Course description for study year 2024-2025. Please note that changes may occur.


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In this course, students work on their startup projects and develop their business plans in a group of three to four members. Throughout the process, students are expected to use the insights they acquired from other courses that a bachelor student has taken. The course offers a set of topics that guides students to advance their start-up progress, including:

Who are your user and customer

How do you develop sustainable and innovative products or services

How do you create value from your products or services

How do you scale your business

What are the societal and environmental implications of your startup development

How do you address sustainability challenges through your startup

The gradual progress in working through such topics forms the basis for the final deliverables.

Learning outcome


Upon completion of the course, students will gain a theoretical and practical understanding of how innovation-driven start-ups are formed and developed. In particular, students will acquire knowledge in specific areas such as:

The entrepreneurial process of creating and capturing value from ideas

Characteristics of sustainability- and innovation-driven start-ups

Methods and techniques for investigating market needs and potential demand

Societal and environmental implications of the start-ups

Valuation, financing strategy, and funding sources


Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

Prepare and write a business plan

Evaluate the potential of different business ideas

Identify the value proposition of products or services for customers/users

Perform market analysis and financial projections

Present ideas and pitch to potential investors

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Recommended prerequisites

Basic knowledge of strategy, marketing, and accounting is recommended but is not mandatory.


Written business plan and oral exam

Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written business plan according to specified requirements 1/2 1 Semesters Letter grades All
Oral exam 1/2 Letter grades

The course assessment consists of both written and oral exams:
• The written exam is a complete business plan that counts for 50% of the final grade. No re-sit.
• The oral exam comprises a presentation and defense, which counts for the other 50%.
• Both the written and oral exams will be jointly considered towards the final grade.

Coursework requirements

Mandatory participation of at least 60% of lectures, Submission of preliminary draft description of the business concept

The course has two mandatory requirements:

- Participation of at least 60% of lectures or full participation in StartUp Booster program

- Submission of preliminary description of the business idea

Students are expected to work on their startup projects and business plans continuously throughout the semester. Active participation in class is expected, especially through presenting and sharing the group work progress as well as exchanging feedback among student groups.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator:

Andra Riandita

Course teacher:

Andra Riandita

Study Program Director:

Tarjei Mandt Larsen

Method of work

The workload is estimated to be 270 hours: approximately 30 hours of lectures, five hours of presentations, 195 hours of working on the step-by-step development of the start-ups and business plan, and 40 hours of preparation for the oral presentation and defense.

The weekly sessions include a combination of lectures, progress sharing, and group discussions. The course session will also involve field visits and guest lectures on relevant topics during the semester.

Students are required to work in a group of three to four, where independent work will be carried out in between course sessions. Students form the group and identify business ideas independently at the beginning of the semester with guidelines from the course teacher. Submission of work in progress is voluntary but strongly encouraged for getting relevant and specific feedback.

The final grade for the business plan (and the oral defense) will be determined based on the formal quality of the business plan, i.e., how well it has been documented, how well the choices made have been argued for, and how the analysis have been conducted. The assessment includes questions regarding the feasibility and reliability of the results also the coherence and consistency of the "story" throughout the business plan.

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
From idea to business (MØA125_1) 5
Entrepreneurship in Technology based companies (MIN220_1) 5

Open for

Students on all study programs at the University of Stavanger.

Course assessment

There must be an early dialogue between the course supervisor, the student union representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital subject evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.


The syllabus can be found in Leganto