- Students and Parents
- Financial Challenges for Entrepreneurial Leaders
- Venture for Brand Power
- Venture for Design Thinking
- Venture for Discovery Part I
- Venture for Discovery Part II
- Venture for Entrepreneurial Finance
- Venture for Growth
- Venture for Innovation Leadership
- Venture for Market Leadership
- Venture for Product Innovation
Our Venture for Design Thinking™ program provides participants with an intensive, “hands-on” course focusing on the contemporary design thinking concepts and tools applied to generating innovative solutions to important social problems. During the program, participants identify and define a major problem to be solved, work with real customers to better understand the problem from their perspective, generate multiple solutions, then choose a solution and test with real customers. Participants create an action plan based on customer feedback transition the solution towards real application.
At the highest level, you will come away with clear answers to the following questions:
- What are common challenges do social change makers experience as they attempt to solve major social problems?
- How to identify and articulate social problems in an accurate way, reflecting how individuals truly experience the problem and its challenges?
- How to create an effective interview protocols and surveys to help validate your assumptions on customer problems (pain points), solutions, and benefits (expected gain)?
- How do you assess current solutions provided in the ecosystem in order to build best practices as well identify gap areas?
- How to develop a minimal viable product in order to gain additional feedback on specific solution features?
- What metrics are critical to measure and validate social impact assumptions?
- How to develop a solution model to test your assumptions about customer interests, acceptance, and use?
The program uses a proprietary sequence of modules and tools to support the identification and solution of major social problems. Specific skill development and issues covered include:
- Problem Identification: Articulating the major social problem to be solved and the potential benefit to the customer and beneficiaries
- Solution Providers & Domain Experts: Understanding the current ecosystem developed around solving the social problem in order to identify best practices and common challenges
- Customer/Beneficiary Discovery: Testing your assumptions about the social problem through interviews and surveys with real customers & beneficiaries
- Solution Prioritization: Generating multiple solutions based on customer feedback and understanding of current solutions
- Early Solution Development: Building minimal viable products to test customer acceptance of proposed solution
- Social Impact Metrics: Identifying critical indicators for benchmarking, measurement, & monitoring potential impact of selected solution
- Solution Model Development: Turning your tested solution into an organizational model designed to test and validate assumptions about what it takes to build repeatable and scalable solution