The Rapid Strategy Toolkit: Part 2 - The Business Model Canvas and Testing Your Ideas for Success

Host: D2N2 Growth Hub

Location: Action Planning Workshop

Cost: FREE


Wednesday, 11th August 2021 at 10:00am - 1:00pm

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Traditional approaches to strategic thinking (and the business plans that are produced) are failing to meet your pressing and immediate needs. How do you engage your people and create confidence amongst your fellow leaders and supporters when the methods you’ve historically relied on are no longer working effectively?

This 2-part workshop series not only introduces you to a way of thinking, it helps you understand and apply methods and approaches to bring a sense of purpose to your strategic thinking and execution.

The lean start-up methodology has made the process of starting a company less risky. Those same approaches are now extensively used in mature companies to re-imagine and re-work their approach.

Lean start-ups favour experimentation over-elaborate planning, customer feedback over intuition, and iterative design over traditional “big design up front” development. They think about the “minimum viable product” and “pivoting” and all of these ideas can be adopted and applied by leaders and managers in more mature companies to bring focus and energy to the growth of their business.

Who should attend this workshop?

This workshop is aimed at business owners, leaders and managers with responsibilities for creating and executing strategies.

Please note that this workshop is open to trading SMEs based in Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. Businesses located outside of this area will be unable to attend and instead directed to alternative support.

What will we cover?

In the workshop participants will:

  • Learn about business models and how to create a Business Model Canvas for your own business

  • Learn how to design experiments to validate thinking and test hypotheses

  • Consider and prioritise which elements to include in an action plan that meets your own specific needs

What outcomes can you expect from joining us?

After attending this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Create your own Business Model canvas

  • Identify where you are making assumptions in your business model thinking

  • Design experiments to validate your thinking and test your hypotheses

  • Create a plan to work through all activities over time 

This is an interactive, Action Planning Online Workshop. You will leave this session with handouts and a practical action plan which can be implemented within your business. Where possible, we would like to encourage you to join this session with your video camera turned on and when instructed by the facilitator, you may un-mute your microphone to take full advantage of the interactive nature of the workshop. For the best user experience, we recommend joining the workshop using Chrome or Firefox as your web browser.


  • 10.00am - 10.50am - Workshop presentation

  • 10.50am - 11.00am - Break

  • 11.00am - 11.50am - Workshop presentation

  • 11.50am - 12.00pm - Break

  • 12.00pm - 12.45pm - Workshop presentation

  • 12.45pm - 1.00pm - Q&A

Who’ll be presenting this workshop?

Steve Hobbs is a widely respected Facilitator, Coach and Mentor, specialising in engendering behaviours that drive growth. With over two decades of experience, he’s worked with individuals and teams from organisations of all sizes, from start-ups to global corporates.  

Steve is dedicated to helping businesses to plan and implement strategies which help them navigate uncertain and often complex environments, such as the one we now find ourselves in.


Click here to book your place on to: The Rapid Strategy Toolkit: Part 1


This workshop is hosted by the D2N2 Growth Hub, East Midlands Chamber and part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

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