Develop Your Business Idea

Tim O'ReillyThe Lean Startup isn't just about how to create a more successful entrepreneurial business, it's about what we can learn from those businesses to improve virtually everything we do. I imagine Lean Startup principles applied to government programs, to healthcare, and to solving the world's great problems. It's ultimately an answer to the question 'How can we learn more quickly what works, and discard what doesn't?

– Tim O’Reilly, CEO O’Reilly Media


Thought Process: Business Model Canvas

To help you think about where you might be in the process of your social impact idea, make sure to watch the brief video Social Venture Design Process Map, created by the Center for Social Innovation to help  detail the process of starting a social venture.

Customized for social entrepreneurs, we've taken the lean startup principles outlined in the book Business Model Generation and inserted the appropriate constituents and activities. This model will help you address key questions in order to generate hypotheses on how your venture will operate.

Social Venture Business Model Canvas


download the business model canvas


Develop Your Theory of Change

View the Theory of Change template and download to save your own version.


Sample Case Studies:

(Note: All cases listed below are focused in healthcare; however, take-aways from these cases are relevant to all social ventures)

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