Thursday, October 26, 2017

New tools to support sustainable entrepreneurship

Marsha Willard and I used to teach together at the first sustainable MBA program (then called Bainbridge Graduate Institute, now part of Presidio Graduate School). Through that affiliation, we were asked by the Lemelson Foundation, to build a sustainability tool to supplement the well-known Business Model Canvas. Our tool is now part of a suite of tools funded by Lemelson that have just been released as a suite, Sustaining Our Planet: A Toolkit for Entrepreneurs.

Each toolkit uses a unique lens for “sustainability” during different stages of business or product development. Together, they offer a holistic picture of what it means for a company to be environmentally sustainable.

Presidio Graduate School’s “Business Sustainability Booster” extends the well-known “Business Model Canvas” (BMC). It guides leaders of start-ups and existing enterprises through a set of questions to make their business models more socially, environmentally, and economically sustainable.


VentureWell’s “Inventing Green: A Toolkit for Sustainable Design” helps early-stage inventors understand how the lifecycle of their products will affect the environment. The toolkit includes a video series and several resources that can be used together, a la carte, or mixed with other tools.


NESsT’s “I2E Inventing Green Tool” is an online tool that simplifies the process of assessing and tracking environmental impact. The tool is designed for companies – including those operating in under-resourced countries – that have started early production and sales and are validating or preparing to scale.

Choose the right tool for you








Are you….?
Presidio Graduate Shool: Business Sustainability Booster
VentureWell Inventing Green: Sustainability Toolkit
NESsT I2E: Inventing Green

Just starting to develop a business model?

X
X

Using the Business Model Canvas?

X


Inventing a new product?

X

Committed to social impact?
X
X
X
Working to assure product and supply chain design takes sustainability into account?


X

Curious about the environmental impact of your product’s life cycle?


X
X
Focused on continuous improvement relative to the social and environmental impact of your business and need direct support with implementation?
X

X
Wanting to measure the environmental impact of your business, benchmark against the industry standard, validate, prepare to scale and/or create a sustainability report?


X


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