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2021/2022  BA-BJURV1807U  Startup Law

English Title
Startup Law

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Autumn
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for BSc/MSc in Business Administration and Commercial Law, BSc
Course coordinator
  • Pedro Telles - CBS Law
Main academic disciplines
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Business Law
Teaching methods
  • Blended learning
Last updated on 15-02-2021

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Learning objectives
- Understanding common legal challenges facing tech-based startups, from the perspective of a founder or in-house counsel in areas such as incorporation, intellectual property, data protection, tax or raising finance.

- Understanding how the law can shape and limit how entrepreneurs develop their business ideas.

- Being able to consider and develop strategic solutions for some of the most common legal challenges faced by tech-based startups.
Startup Law:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Size of written product Max. 5 pages
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration 7 days to prepare
Grading scale 7-point grading scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Winter
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Description of the exam procedure

Students will be assessed by a take home exercise at the end of the course composed of two parts. The first part will be a one page business model canvas based on a scenario provided. The second a memo providing solutions for the legal and strategic issues faced by a made up client.

Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

This course will cover various legal and strategic areas relevant to a tech-based startup such as incorporation, intellectual property, data protection, tax or raising finance. It is designed from the perspective of a founder who needs to anticipate legal issues that may be relevant for its startup or team members with an in-house counsel kind of role.


It will adopt a EU perspective and will be "jurisdiction agnostic", which is without focusing on specific legal issues arising from a given country's national law. In addition, since tech based startups are able to address large markets beyond the confines of national boundaries, where possible the focus will be in European and cross-border issues.


In each module we will be covering a different topic with one session lecture based and the other practical with tasks and group work to be done in class.

Description of the teaching methods
The course will adopt a lecture and practical approach, with the first session on each module to have more of a lecture approach followed up by a practical session with hands-on exercises. The hands-on exercises will be done individually and in groups as well..
Feedback during the teaching period
As the practicals will include hands-on activities, feedback during the teaching period will be provided on those.
Student workload
Participation in classes 15 hours
Preparation for classes 100 hours
Exam assignment 50 hours
Expected literature

Since the course covers multiple areas, there will be no core textbook. Instead, the course will use freely available materials, both from the CBS library and from outside sources.

Last updated on 15-02-2021