VPDesign at EPFL

February 27th, 2015

talk on Value Proposition Design at EPFL, invited by Adrian Holzer in his class on Social Media, with ECAL

The workshop aims at presenting the Business Model Canvas and the Value Proposition Canvas for designing, assessing and challenging business models and their value propositions.

Gestion des connaissances et coordination

February 25th, 2015

colloque de thèse de Ulysse Rosselet pour sa thèse intitulée “Impacts des technologies de l’information sur les modes de coordination à travers quatre études en systèmes d’information”, supervisée par Prof. Maia Wentland, avec l’expert Prof. Jean-Fabrice Lebraty

“Cette thèse s’intéresse à la problématique de la coordination au sein des organisations, et plus particulièrement au rôle que jouent certains artefacts du système d’information (SI) en tant que soutiens à la coordination. …”

VPDesign chez Rezonance

February 23rd, 2015

“First exceptionnel pour célébrer deux best-seller au succès sans précédent ! L’entrepreneur Alex Osterwalder et le Professeur Yves Pigneur de l’Université de Lausanne, auteurs du Business Model Canvas et du bestseller mondial Business Model Generation, présentent leur nouveau livre Value Proposition Design ou comment proposer des produits et services auxquels les clients ne peuvent pas résister (more)



VPDesign at ProductTank Berlin

February 19th, 2015

talk with Alex on How to create & sell a great vision, at ProductTank Berlin


Sketching by Holger Nils Pohl …



BMGEN workshop at Berlin

February 19th, 2015

A first 2-day workshop on Business Model Generation (BMGEN) in Berlin this year …

“A rare two-day public workshop by the team behind the groundbreaking and best-selling book, Business Model Generation”


After this workshop you will have:

- Learned about and applied a practical visual language and innovation process to describe, challenge, and design strategy and business models.
- Appreciated powerful examples of business model innovation, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups and social entrepreneurship ventures.
- Explored and prototyped business models using design thinking, customer development, and lean start-up methods to boost future growth

see here for details

BMGEN at Swiss NSF

February 18th, 2015

short talk with Alex in a Swiss NSF seminar for presenting its future BRIDGE program, invited by Martin Vetterli, President

The talk aims at presenting the use of the BMGEN canvas and leanstartup methodologies adopted and experienced by the NSF Innovation Corps program, a similar program at NIH, as well as its application in Singapore (by NUS).

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The NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps™), initially developed and tested by Steve Blank and his colleagues at Stanford and Berkeley, is a set of activities and programs that prepares scientists and engineers to extend their focus beyond the laboratory and broadens the impact of select, NSF-funded, basic-research projects (more)

VPDesign at Givaudan

February 17th, 2015

Mini-workshop for Givaudan, at Kemptthal, invited by Henning Hartnacke


The workshop aims at presenting the Business Model Canvas and the Value Proposition Canvas  for designing, assessing and challenging business models and their value propositions. Design thinking attitude will also be emphasized for exploring and prototyping business models. Finally, the synergy between the business model canvas, lean startup and customer development will be briefly presented for testing business models.

China Hardware Innovation Camp

February 14th, 2015

short visit at the kick-off of the “China Hardware Innovation Camp (CHIC)”, launched and organised by Marc Laperrouza (web)

“CHIC will allow EPFL, ECAL and HEC students to discover one of the most dynamic hubs for hardware innovation [...] During the semester the students will have to interact with a local prototyping company to make their project a success. In addition they will have the opportunity to understand the Hong Kong/Shenzhen eco-system by visiting some leading organizations in Southern China (Huawei, Foxconn, Hong Kong Science & Technology Park, etc.).  (more)

BMGEN in large corporations

February 10th, 2015

The first meeting of Business Model Canvas and Leanstartup practitioners in large organizations, organized by Strategyzer and hosted by MasterCard at their headquarter in Purchase, New York

Blog post on Strategyzer Peer Learning Summit


Improve the application and scaling of the Business Model Canvas and Leanstartup methodologies by sharing best practices among peers.

Hands-on sharing of concrete experiences about what works and what doesn’t among peer practitioners in large organizations. Targeted and structured knowledge sharing sessions facilitated by Strategyzer.

Special session on latest Leanstartup tools:
During the last session of the event Alexander Osterwalder, Yves Pigneur, and Alan Smith shared the latest tools and processes to help apply and scale innovation in large organizations. Notably, they talked about the Test Card, Learning Card, and Progress Board.

See the Strategyzer blog post.

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Strategyzer surveyed over 1,300 Canvas users and conducted 35 interviews with individuals in FT Global 500/Fortune 500 corporations, consultants, entrepreneurs, and academics. See “Why and How Organizations Around the World Apply the Business Model Canvas” here.

The research report can be downloaded here.


February 5th, 2015

talk with Alex, Alan and Greg, at NYU, invited by the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute (web), Risa Cohn and the director Frank Rimalovski. 400 guests expected … !

In this interactive talk with hands-on exercises, [...] the participants will learn the latest on how to design, test, and iterate business models and value propositions to decrease the risks of innovation [...] to apply the concepts and tools from the new book, Value Proposition Design. Participants will learn how to apply and use the Value Proposition Canvas, Test Cards, Learning Cards, and the Progress (eventbrite)