Software Startups – What does the Science Say?


Schedule and location

Tuesday April 5th Room TB109
Wednesday April 6th Room TB222

Tampere University of Technology (Korkeakoulunkatu 1), Tietotalo-building


Registration is open February 22nd  - March 24th .


Prof. Pekka Abrahamsson, Norwegian University of Science and Technology at Trondheim, Norway
Dr. Xiaofeng Wang, Free University of Bozen Bolzano, Italy


Professor Kari Systä, Tampere University of Technology
Professor Tommi Mikkonen, Tampere University of Technology


The world has been witnessing the rapid spread of tech entrepreneurship. Software startups are in the forefront of this big wave. The landscape of software startups is extremely dynamic, unpredictable and even chaotic. Failure rate is very high. Therefore, software startups make a fascinating arena for both researchers and practitioners alike. This seminar will present the state of the art research in this emerging forefront from technological, methodological and educational perspectives, and outline the roadmap for navigating in this promising research arena.

Detailed Program


Day 1

Morning Session: Introduction to software startups and research

9:00-10:30 Introduction to software startups and research network

  • What is software startup?
  • How startups evolve?
  •  Software Startup research network

10:30-11:00 Break

11:00-12:30 Software startup research roadmap and exemplar studies: part 1

  • Introducing the research roadmap and research topics
  • Theoretical foundations for software startup research
  • Example Study 1: Key challenges for software startups

12:30-13:30 Lunch

Afternoon Session: Specific research

13:30-14:45 PitchIt!

14:45-15:00 Break

15:00-16:30 Software startup research roadmap and exemplar studies: part 2

  • Example Study 2: Why software startups fail
  • Example Study 3: Minimal viable user experience
  • Example Study 4: Competency needs in software startups
  • Example Study 5: Software startup ecosystems

16:30 Day 1 ends

Day 2

Morning Session: Lean Startup method in action and in education

9:00-9:30 Introduction to Lean Startup (Lean canvas, BMC)

9:30-11:00 Lean Startup specific research

  • Design perspective
  • Pivoting
  • Lean Startup in large companies

11:00-11:30 break

11:30-12:30 Lean Startup in education: a retrospective of 5-year experience

12:30-13:15 Lunch 

Afternoon Session: Future of Software Startups and Research

13:15-14:45 <60-second video shooting>

14:45-15:00 Break

15:00-16:30 Open discussion on future software startups and research

  • Technologies that can change the world
  • What are the directions for future software startups

16:30: Seminar close

Credit points

Doctoral students participating in the seminar can obtain 2 credit points. This requires participating on all of the days and completing the assignment.

Registration fee

This seminar is free-of-charge for member organization's staff and their PhD students. For others the participation fee is 750 €. The participation fee includes access to the event and the event materials. Lunch and dinner are not included.