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The Startup Scratch Book : Opening the Black Box of Startup Education (2021)

Abrahamsson, P., Suoranta, M., Lahti, S., & Kemell, K.-K. (2021). The Startup Scratch Book : Opening the Black Box of Startup Education. In E. Klotins, & K. Wnuk (Eds.), ICSOB 2020 : 11th International Conference of Software Business (pp. 193-200). Springer. Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing, 407. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-67292-8_15

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Publication details

All authors or editorsAbrahamsson, Pekka; Suoranta, Mari; Lahti, Sonja; Kemell, Kai-Kristian

Parent publicationICSOB 2020 : 11th International Conference of Software Business

Parent publication editorsKlotins, Eriks; Wnuk, Krzysztof

Place and date of conferenceKarlskrona, Sweden16.-18.2020



Journal or seriesLecture Notes in Business Information Processing



Publication year2021

Number in series407

Pages range193-200

Number of pages in the book229


Place of PublicationCham

Publication countrySwitzerland

Publication languageEnglish


Publication open accessNot open

Publication channel open access

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/78625


Teaching entrepreneurship and startups is a challenging task. Approaches using real or simulated entrepreneurship as a teaching method are also common in startup education. However, as educators and researchers, we typically only observe the outcomes of the startup journey between weekly lectures and other meetings, whereas the actions taken by the student teams can seldom be observed. This makes the process a black box. All valuable learnings, realizations, and big ideas happen in the students’ minds, and little evidence exists to say what happened during the course. As a result, we are entirely missing out on the most critical elements of the learning process. To remedy this issue, we propose a new tool for startup education: The Startup Scratch Book. Based on extant literature and our experiences in the area, we have devised this novel approach to learning diaries in startup education. We discuss the specifics of this proposed approach in this paper.

Keywordsstartup companiesentrepreneurship educationhigher education (teaching)educational methodslearning diaries

Free keywordsstartup; software startup; entrepreneurship education; learning diary; methodology

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Ministry reportingYes

Reporting Year2021

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