University Ecosystem for Student Startups : A ‘Platform of Trust’ Perspective

Antti Ainamo*, Ergo Pikas, Kari Mikkelä

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In many universities, a continuum and a variety of startup pre-accelerators, startup accelerators; entrepreneurs, investors, and other support actors, are in place to facilitate entrepreneurship and that student startups emerge. In this paper, we describe how the entrepreneurial ecosystem in and Aalto University works. We describe how Aalto’s students explore and develop ideas that exhibit “radical creativity”; how faculty and staff at Aalto nurture a “platform of trust” whereby such ideas are not only allowed but also expected; and how “outside entrepreneurs and investors” from the outside come in to work with the best ideas and startups thus developed. The paper proposes implications for policy and management practice in terms of possible import of this model into entrepreneurial ecosystems in and around other universities and other kinds of contexts, and makes a call for further research.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEducating Engineers for Future Industrial Revolutions - Proceedings of the 23rd International Conference on Interactive Collaborative Learning ICL2020
EditorsMichael E. Auer, Tiia Rüütmann
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-68201-9
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-68200-2
Publication statusPublished - 2021
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational Conference on Interactive Collaborative Learning - Virtual, Online
Duration: 23 Sep 202025 Sep 2020
Conference number: 23

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
ISSN (Print)2194-5357
ISSN (Electronic)2194-5365


ConferenceInternational Conference on Interactive Collaborative Learning
Abbreviated titleICL
CityVirtual, Online


  • Entrepreneurial ecosystem
  • Platform ecosystem
  • Platform of trust
  • Radical creativity


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