Venture Development Workshop: Winter-Spring Cohort, Online, February – July 2015

Kings Counsel and Trust (KCT) brings resources and capital to projects/ventures which are led by servant leaders and people of character. The projects/ventures themselves need to be economically viable, sustainable, and have social impact. There are many projects/ventures that could fit this framework, but have not been developed and/or structured to attract key partnerships, resources, investors, and/or funders in this way. This workshop addresses this issue.

In partnership with The Afribiz Foundation, this 32 session webinar workshop series will empower project principals to shape and structure their projects/ventures into competitive business models, which when packaged, can attract partners, resources, and capital. This workshop will not only assist principals, looking for access to resources and funding through KCT, in the KCT Know-Your-Customer Process, but give them the tools and understanding to bring their projects before other channels as well.

Each session is 2.5 hours consisting of a time of instruction, demonstration, and group coaching. Two sessions are conducted each week for a period of 16 weeks.

Participants are able to engage with both the workshop facilitators and peers in a private workgroup in between sessions to maximize this process of development. The sessions are recorded, so that you can continue to learn about and from the process.

Project, or venture, principals, looking for resourcing, equipping, or capital from KCT are required to participate in this workshop. Others are welcome to participate and will find the content very useful in attracting capital, resources, and partnership outside of KCT as well.

The webinar workshop series starts, Monday, February 23, 2015 and continues until mid-July 2015. The session runs from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm EST.

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At the end of the workshop, you will be able to:

  • Describe the modern business environment.
  • Describe entrepreneurial organizations.
  • Describe entrepreneurial leadership.
  • Assess and develop action plans for entrepreneurial leadership.
  • Describe the venture creation process.
  • Describe business modeling.
  • Use business modeling tools.
  • Leverage the VentureLogic™ Content & Contextual Framework to provide input for business model.
  • Use environmental analysis tools.
  • Use value chain analysis tools.
  • Use competitor analysis tools.
  • Use SWOT analysis tools.
  • Use customer/market analysis tools.
  • Use product/service mix tools.
  • Use ecosystem development tools.
  • Use partnership/collaboration tools.
  • Use stakeholder identification and management tools.
  • Develop a draft concept document, outlining your business model.
  • Develop a draft two-page executive summary to present to potential partners and funders.
  • Assess the economic impact of the project’s business model.
  • Develop working draft of business plan. (Or refine business plan.)
  • Develop working draft of presentation. (Or refine presentation.)
  • Assess business plan from external stakeholder perspective.
  • Assess presentation from external stakeholder perspective.
  • Develop a draft sustainability plan.
  • Assess sustainability plan from external stakeholder perspective.
  • Assess personality, leadership, value, and entrepreneurial characteristics.
  • Develop a profile of yourself to present to team members.
  • Develop draft cover letter for potential partners and funders.
  • Assess cover letter from external stakeholder perspective.
  • Develop a draft, or refine a, social impact strategy.
  • Assess social impact from external stakeholder perspective.
  • Develop a stewardship strategy.
  • Prepare for due diligence process.
  • Organize project, organization, and personal documentation for due diligence in digital dropbox.
  • Work your way through a Getting to Know Your Customer process, which is typically required by funders and investors.
  • Develop, or improve, strategies for bringing your internal team and others into the project as resources.
  • Develop, or improve, strategies for developing a support ecosystem for project.
  • Develop, or improve, strategies for stakeholder management.
  • Improve method for managing and tracking project progress.Discuss alternative asset structures to acquire capital and resources for seed, startup, and growth phases.
  • Develop action plan for improving project, organization, and leadership in areas of weakness or gaps.

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