Business Essentials for Start-ups: Planning, The Lean Business Canvas

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Saturday, 13 January, 2018 - 10:00 to 13:00

Business Essentials for Start-ups: Planning, The Lean Business Canvas


Coventry University Enterprises


Unit 6 (Serious Games Institute)
Coventry Innovation Village, Cheetah Road, Coventry CV1 2TL
United Kingdom

CUE Business Solutions is offering a series of workshops through the Coventry and Warwickshire Business Support Programme, the workshops are part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

If you have an innovative Technology-based Business idea and have not yet started a business or you have been trading less than 12 months please see whether our FREE workshop would help you.

This workshop is designed to give you the skills to produce your business plan – but in a whole new way.

The Lean Model Canvas encourages you to capture the elements of your business plan on one page. Clearly, this plan wouldn’t be suitable for an investor seeking a more detailed approach – but for you to use daily – the approach is far more dynamic and visual.

Previously business plans could be complex, lengthy and time-consuming to complete and as a result left to gather dust never to be reviewed again - making a poor return for the time and resources you invested in their production.

Basically, your business idea needs to address a problem big enough to be worth solving. Then you need to create a solution using customer engagement at every stage, confirming your business assumptions do indeed reflect reality.

This workshop will give you the confidence to develop your ideas through a clearly defined structure.


  • The roadmap and what running lean means to you
  • Introducing the 3 stages of a startup
  • The Lean Model Canvas – we focus on the problem, solution, unique value proposition and customer segments - channels to reach them
  • You’ll design and complete your own canvas
  • You’ll review the riskiest parts of your plan
  • You’ll discuss customer research and the importance of testing/validating your plan

You are asked to arrive promptly at 9.30 for an 10.00am start. Refreshments are provided.

Eligibility criteria exist and will be covered during the registration process.

DATA PROTECTION: This workshop is provided free to you if you meet the eligibility criteria. We will use the information you supply: A) to provide business support to you and make referrals to partners and other providers of relevant services as appropriate; B) to share with Coventry City Council / Warwickshire County Council (as Accountable Bodies for the programme) and DCLG (or their sub-contractors) for monitoring evaluation and audit purposes. We will keep all information you provide confidential and treat it in accordance with the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1988.

CUE Business Solutions is a division within Coventry University Enterprises Limited and part of the Coventry University Group.


  • How can I contact the organiser with any questions? Just drop us an email in the first instance
  • What should I do if I can no longer attend? Email as soon as you know you won't be attending. Whilst the workshops are provided at no cost to you we will be charged. Therefore please give us the opportunity to offer your place to another delegate.
  • Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event? No, you don't. We will have a register of people who are attending the event.
  • Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends? We need to check the eligibility criteria of all attendees. Therefore if you cannot attend but wish to pass your place to someone else talk to us and we'll review their eligibility.

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