Category Archives: Startup, Start-Up

Stakeholders Need Your Attention

I have often worked with social entrepreneurs on the Business Model Canvas.  The two blocks we always start with are the Customer Segments and Value Proposition because they form the heart of your business model.   All other blocks exist … Continue reading

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The Fog of Ignorance

On looming source of risk for an early-stage social entrepreneur is not knowing what you don’t know:the fog of ignorance.  If you’re entering a new industry your area of ignorance is huge; the problem is that you don’t know it until … Continue reading

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Business Model Trumps Product

I’ve just finished two days of mentoring eight ventures, most social-mission driven, as part of my work as a facilitator for the LaunchYU Accelerator at York University.  communityBUILD, the social enterprise initiative of ventureLAB and its three partners, has five social … Continue reading

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The Power of Community

Your isolation as an entrepreneur is a danger to your mental health and to the success of your venture.  This is especially so if you’re a lone entrepreneur without a team around you.  I’ve been there.  You stand, staring out into … Continue reading

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At a Crossroads

While mentoring an early stage social venture today, I was reminded that it’s so easy to get lost in the weeds while developing your business and impact models.   You are always at a crossroad where there are so many variables to … Continue reading

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The Risk of Isolation

As a mentor, I occasionally meet entrepreneurs with whom it is difficult to have a conversation about their venture because they don’t want to share their idea.  They’re afraid someone will steal it once it’s revealed.  I can understand the … Continue reading

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