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Entrepreneurial Planning (minor)


Admission requirements

3rd year bachelor students


In the lifecycle of entrepreneurial companies, different stages necessitate specific configurations of leadership, management, strategy, financing, HR, and routines. In this course, we aim to study entrepreneurship planning concerning start-up growth stage. We will focus on successful transitioning of entrepreneurial companies from infancy to maturity stages. Considering the requirements of the growth stage, we pay specific attention to founders/managers’ characteristics, market and financing strategies, ownership and strategic relationship between entrepreneurial companies and their partners, and entrepreneurial companies’ capability development.

Students who seek to pursue a job as an entrepreneur, business analyst, consultant, investor, and alike can enjoy acquiring knowledge and skills regarding entrepreneurial growth in this course. Drawing on cases from different industries, we leverage the scientific background of students to enhance their skills of navigating a startup company toward higher maturity levels.

Course objectives

The primary objective of this course is to provide students with the knowledge and skills required for discussing growing entrepreneurial young companies. At the end of this course, students can

  • recognize different stages of company life cycle and their associated pitfalls,

  • discuss alternative stakeholder management methods for growth,

  • analyze finance and market strategies for a growing company and strategize for navigating the company in its growth trajectory,

  • evaluate strategic partnership with other entrepreneurial companies as well as established businesses, and

  • relate relevant concepts and frameworks to real-life cases of growth.


Semester 1:

  • Course: December 12th 2018 – January 18th 2019

  • Exam: January 30th 2019, 14:00 – 17:00 hrs

Please check the latest version of the schedule on Blackboard.

Mode of instruction

The course emphasises small-scale, interactive teaching that focuses on real-life case studies.

Course Load

  • 10 classes (the tentative plan: lectures 13:30-14:15, seminars, 14:30-15:15, and tutorials 15:30-16:15)

  • Preparation for each seminar

  • (Group) assignments

  • 3-hour exam

Assessment method

Final exam (40%); Assignments (40%); Class preparation and participation (20%)

In order to pass students must have a total grade of at least a 6 (six). The final grade is rounded off to the nearest half or integer.



Reading list

Part III and IV and few selected chapters: Burns, Paul. Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 4th Edition (2016). Red Globe Press.

More information can be found on Blackboard.


Students have to register for the course in uSis. The registration in uSis for 2018-2019 will open two months before the start of the academic year. Click here for instructions.

This course is part of the SBB minor. If you would like to follow this course as an elective, please contact the programme coordinator to discuss the possibilities.