Business Hack Factory

Would your organization benefit from the brainpower of 80 executives with a combined work experience of ca. 1,300 years? Aalto Executive MBA participants are ready to put their complexity management skills in use and tackle various types of organizational challenges and business problems in the Business Hack Factory held on October 22–26, 2019.

We are interested in ambitious businesses and organizations, preferably medium to large size, that are looking to find analytical and creative solutions and recommendation to a tangible and current business challenge.

What is Business Hack Factory?

During the Business Hack Factory Aalto EMBA participants combine the knowledge, concepts, and frameworks accumulated during the EMBA program with their individual work experience from various backgrounds and businesses in constructing solutions and recommendations for the selected case companies. The participants will work in groups on a live case mode throughout the days concentrating on different angles of the challenge on each day of the Business Hack Factory.

The work is facilitated by professors from Aalto University School of Business and Aalto EE’s leading experts who challenge the groups and provide support as the groups work to find recommendations and solutions to the challenges. Depending of the size and scope of the challenge, the aim is to produce real solutions and recommendations, challenge the thinking within your organization or plant the seeds that will drive your business forward.

Schedule and Time Commitment

Business Hack Factory is organized in Helsinki, Finland on October 22–26, 2019.

In September, the representatives from the case organizations should be able to allocate sufficiently time and resources for data gathering; discussions, interviews with the facilitators of the Business Hack Factory in September and during the days on October 22–26, 2019 when the factory is running.

Criteria for the Case Organization

  • The company wants to have a fresh, even critical, outsider’s view on its existing organizational challenge or business case
  • The challenge provides an opportunity to be investigated further (no set agenda exists)
  • The topic is relevant and “real” to the company
  • Resources to provide data and information
  • Top or middle management of the organization is engaged before and during the Business Hack Factory
  • Organization has willingness to share business sensitive information with the Aalto Executive MBA program participants and professors

Interested in Applying?

Apply by proposing a topic for the Business Hack Factory. Download the template for application, fill it in, and send it to by September 1, 2019.


The fee for each organization selected to take part in the Business Hack Factory is € 8,000 (incl. VAT). All fees collected by Aalto EE will be donated to UNICEF to support children’s education in Malawi.

Further Information

Questions? Please contact Aalto EE’s Academic Director Dr. Mikko Laukkanen, tel. +358 10 837 3732, on

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