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7 tools to use to create and develop a positive impact business.

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  1. Lean Canvas.

In the start-up phase, the Lean Canvas is more adapted than the Business Model Canvas: it focuses on the product/market fit, whereas the BMC focuses on customers, resources, and partners. Once the company is more mature, the Business Model Canvas is more relevant.

BPI (Banque Publique d’Investissement) offers a template and a very didactic guide.


2. Impact Canvas.

Impact companies or products seek to solve societal problems. Inspired by Lean or the Business Model Canvas, the Impact Canvas helps to pose the problem we are trying to solve, to better understand it and to identify the best solutions.

Impactcanvas.co offers a template and a methodological guide.


3. Social business plan and impact assessment.

With its social accelerator Antropia, ESSEC Business School offers a methodology for evaluating and measuring social impact. Initially very much oriented towards the Social and Solidarity Economy (French ESS), this well-documented methodology provides excellent food for thought for setting up one’s own impact measurement.


4. Entrepreneur toolbox.

The world of entrepreneurship and startups is complex. Finding the right information when you need it is not always easy. BPI’s Toolbox offers webinars, glossaries, guides, figures, and legal and regulatory news.


5. Templates.

Writing a business plan, a budget forecast, a cash flow plan, a pitch deck, a marketing strategy presentation… All entrepreneurs must deliver these documents. Wikipreneurs offers templates for all of these.


6. B-Corp Framework & Certification.

How do you become a mission-driven company? Then, how do you make it live and evaluate its impact? B Corp offers a reference framework, a certification, and the possibility to join a community of impact companies.


7. Innovation methodology.

There are numerous innovation methodologies and an extremely rich literature on the subject. With the Creative Box MOOC, ESSCA School of Management offers a didactic synthesis based on examples.




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Arnaud Rioche

Arnaud Rioche

Consultant. Entrepreneur. Impact Maker