Getting to grips with the business model canvas

Last night the IEM management committee met with our shiny new social enterprise consultant Adrian Ashton, to work out how to move forward with the Green Food Adventures business  plan. We’ve already done our Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) analyses for the five “fingers” of the proposed sustainable food business (formerly known as Growing Futures). You can read our revised Concept paper here.

IEM management committee members at first GFA business planning meeting

Thanks to an award from the Plunkett Foundation, we have three precious days of Adrian’s time. In return, Adrian, bless him, has given us homework to do over the next two weeks. This is to complete the business model canvas template for each of the five elements of Green Food Adventures.

We are now scratching our heads and wondering what’s the best way to go about this. But help is at hand in a couple of videos found on You Tube. They are really useful because they show the relationships between the 9 building blocks for the business that the business model canvas asks us to describe. That makes it clear that there’s an order to describing each building block  that isn’t evident from the sequence of boxes on the page.

Both videos cover the same ground, but each in a slightly different style. Here they are, fellow novice social entrepreneurs! Watch, listen, inwardly digest, then get to work!

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