Startup Engineering II: Building a Minimum Viable Product

This is page contains semester-specific information for the course "Startup Engineering II: Building a Minimum Viable Product" for the winter termin 2019/20

Link to general course information.

 Application and registration

Application is possible via e-Learning during the period from September 10th through October 14th, 2019.

  • Up to 10 teams can attend this course.
  • Student teams will be formed during first lecture. Later registration is not possible.
  • Students work in teams of three.
  • If there are more registrations than places, the order of registrations will decide on the allocation of places.
  • The participation during the first lecture is mandatory.

Course details

  • The exam type is a Hausarbeit.
  • In order to participate in the exam, you need to successfully complete for the "Prüfungsvorleistungen".
  • We evaluate presentations throughout the course as well as a written report at the end of the course.
  • Presentations will be part of the "Prüfungsvorleistungen". The written report is part of the exam.
  • All deliverables (presentations and report) need to be submitted on time in the e-learning system.
  • You can find the deadlines in the e-Learning system. In total we require six presentations and one written report.
  • Each team member takes responsibility for two milestone. Which one you pick, is up to you.
  • For every milestone presentation we require an equivalent chapter in your report. The grading will be based on both the presentations as well as the written report.
  • Each presentation needs to be submitted Tuesdays by 6 pm.
  • Students need to submit the written report by 31.01.2020, 9 pm. 
  • Team may arrange individual coaching appointments via E-Mail with Graham (graham.horton[at] or Jana (jana.goers[at]

Important: We will not provide any technical support. Students are responsible for setting up their software development environment and coding. 

List of startup ideas for this semester

Please, send your favourite and your second favourite startup idea by 18.10.2019, 6 pm via e-Learning. Each team chooses a startup idea from the following list for their semester work:

  1. Betting platform: A website that connects people who want to bet against each other. The bet can be on anything, for example, whether Brexit will happen by the end of the month or whether we will have a White Christmas this year.
  2. Decision Assistant: A website that helps you to make difficult decisions by collecting and evaluating criteria.
  3. Virtual Tutor: A smart home assistant such as Amazon Alexa is used as a teaching assistant for elementary school children. Two examples of topics are math and spelling.
  4. Adventure: An interactive game in which the player has to complete quests in a fantasy world and Alexa is the dungeon master. 
  5. One-Click Savings: This mobile app wants to make saving money as easy and convenient as spending money. With just one click, you can transfer money to a savings account where it is automatically invested for you.
  6. Indoor tracking app: Large buildings and faciIities have many visitors who do not know their way around. You can teach this mobile app routes, which visitors who have the app can then easily follow. In one use-case, the app can guide a fire extinguisher inspector from the main entrance of a building to each fire extinguisher.
  7. Slack team assistant: A Slack app that provides support functions for office teams. Possible functions include notes, reminders, deadlines and tasks.
  8. Karma: A Slack app that manages karma points. Users can earn karma points by completing small tasks that benefit their team such as buying coffee or emptying the recycling bin.  


  • Day: Wednesday
  • Time: 15:00 - 19:00
  • Location:  G29-K058 

You will have lectures (L) and you need to present (P) your findings throughout the course:



15:00 - 17:00

17:00 - 19:00

01  16.10. L-01: Introduction L-02: Project Specification
02 23.10. L-03: Lean Startup and Validation

L-04: MVP

03 30.10.


04 06.11.

P-01: Hypothesis and MVP approach

L-05: User Story

05 13.11. Coaching  
06 20.11. P-02: MVP scope and backlog 
07 27.11. Coaching   
08 04.12. P-03: "Hello World" and Software Design 
09 11.12. Coaching  
10 18.12. -  
11 08.01. P-04: Version 0.8 (basic functionality)    
12 15.01. P-05: Version 0.9 (user interaction)   
13 22.01. Coaching  
14 29.01. P-06: Version 1.0 (user experience) and MVP launch  


The milestone presentations throughout the semester are part of the "Prüfungsvorleistung". Students must complete a "Prüfungsvorleistung" successfully in order to participate in the exam and earn credit points.

  • For every milestone you can obtain up to 10 points.
  • For each answered question in your presentation you can earn one point.
  • You must earn at least 5 points in each milestone presentation in order to be able to take part in the exam.
  • Submission deadline for every presentation is Tuesdays 6 pm.

Students must submit all deliverables via the e-Learning platform of the OVGU. Deliverables that are not submitted on time and will therefore result in a fail for the Prüfungsvorleistung.


The type of exam for this course will be a "Hausarbeit". The "Hausarbeit" will consist of

  1. Final report at the end of the semester (deadline: 31.01.2020, 7pm)

Students must submit all deliverables via the e-Learning platform of the OVGU. Deliverables that are not submitted on time and will therefore result in a fail for the exam.

Exam-points will be distributed as following:

Section of your final report Points
M1: Hypothesis and MVP approach 10
M2: MVP scope and backlog 10
M3: "Hello World" and Software Design 10
M4: Version 0.8 (basic functionality) 10
M5: Version 0.9 (user interaction) 10
M6: Version 1.0 (user experience) and MVP launch 10
Bonus points for exceptionally well explanations 10
Total 70

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