The Fowler GSIC gives each institution flexibility on deliverables and timing for preliminary rounds. Please consult with your advisor for specific campus guidelines.
ANALYZE THE PROBLEM - ONLINE ROUND 1
UNDERSTAND YOUR PROBLEM VIDEO
Student teams are encouraged to “apprentice with” a social or environmental issue of their choice in this round. Jessamyn Shams-Lau, Director of the Peery Foundation, used the term “apprenticing with the problem” in courses she taught at Brigham Young University. The phrase is a call to invite students to work with, learn from, or do hands-on research in an existing organization or community effort as a means of learning more about a problem and the system holding it in place. Using this approach, students are enabled to find opportunities and contribute to change, rather than initially jumping in to take the lead on starting a new venture to solve it. A great tool to help you apprentice with your problem is Daniela Papi-Thornton’s Impact Gaps Canvas which she highlights in her report, Tackling Heropreneurship. We encourage you to use the Impact Gaps Canvas to help answer questions about your problem, study existing solutions and help you develop an idea that offers sustainable impact.
"WHAT'S YOUR PROBLEM?" WORKSHOP ON TRELLO.COM
These deliverables are recommended by the Fowler GSIC for Round 1. Please check with your university for campus specific requirements.
PROPOSE A SOLUTION - ONLINE ROUND 2
- Stargazer, Created by the Founders of the Business Canvas Model, you can create an account to download their free PDFs (recommended), or purchase their project based software to be able to make tweaks and see real-time projection changes ($299 or a free 30-day trial).
Copy: Map out your customers’ pains, gains, and jobs to be done
- Starts February 16, 5 weeks, Free
Business Models over Plans - VIDEO
Copy: Develop a business model that drives financial sustainability and social impact
- Starts March 16, 5 weeks, Free