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Design an impact business
1h 56min

Design an impact business

Learn about social and environmental impact and how to design an impact business. This course explains key concepts such as the theory of change, impact measurement and lifecycle analysis and includes a 7-step guide to designing an impact business, interviews with founders, tools and examples of lifecycle analysis and our 7-step approach.
1h 56min

Learn - core concepts

6min
6min
Learn about the concept and different types of social enterprises as well as the important topic of impact assessment.
10min
10min
A short downloadable introduction to the topic of social businesses.

Hear - advice from founders

2min
2min
Several startup founders share their perspectives on the importance of building an impact business.
4min
Founder of Medusoil
4min
Dimitrios Terzis, the founder of Medusoil, offers his perspective on building an impact business.

Explore - optional knowledge from the web

10min
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
10min
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN aim to tackle poverty and promote sustainable development.
23min
23min
Nobel Peace Prize winner Prof. Muhammad Yunus explains what micro-financing is and the impact it has had.
16min
16min
Frugal innovation is the practice used by entrepreneurs in emerging markets who create value with limited resources.
2min
2min
Three experts discuss the issues of social business hybrids, social mission and commercial goals.
16min
16min
Sustainability expert Mathis Wackernagel explains the economic and ecological implications of our resource consumption.
30min
30min
A free calculator by the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) that allows you to calculate your environmental footprint.
45min
45min
What factors should be considered when assessing the sustainability of new technology?
30min
30min
A guide to impact investing both for impact investors and social entrepreneurs.
30min
30min
A book about impact measurement and analysis for anyone who wants to maximize positive social and environmental impact.
15min
15min
Here is an example of sustainability reporting from the multinational consumer goods company Unilever.

Apply - tools, games and examples

15min
15min
A practical guide to designing a social business, from idea to impact measurement.
45min
45min
These 7 canvases help you develop your business from idea through to impact measurement.
4min
4min
Isabel Brücher and Emily Elsner show you how to complete our 7 canvases for designing a social business.
45min
45min
We have partnered with impactforecast.org to provide impact forecasting tools for social and environmental businesses.
10min
10min
An example carbon footprint forecast for a construction tech startup using the tools at impactforecast.org.
10min
10min
Is your idea of what makes a social business consistent for different types of business and organisation?
5min
5min
Explanations of the key terms used in the area of social and environmental business and investing.
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