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Ideating Climate Business

Your climate impact challenge

If you are passionate about combating climate change and coming up with great ideas that not only have a positive climate impact but which also have business viability this course is for you!

You’ll get the opportunity to become part of a dynamic global community which is developing game-changing climate innovation solutions.

Ideating Climate Business is designed for anyone with an entrepreneurial spirit and with an interest in being part of the solution for keeping global warming ‘significantly below 2 0C’

This course is designed for you to learn by doing.  It is packed with activities and community discussions so that you can get involved with other participants and with the Climate-KIC learning community.

The course has three modules:

  1. The Challenge Creator

You’ll be ‘funnelled’ through a process which starts with a reflection on your personal intentions and drivers. You’ll then explore aspects of climate change, and identify and ‘frame’ a challenge that’s aligned to what really motivates you. This challenge provides a springboard for generating potential solutions.

  1. The Ideator

Here you can explore how to come up with creative ideas for solving your climate challenge. This will include discovering how to tap into your own creativity and to be inspired by and involve others in designing and trying out your solutions.

  1. The Business Planner

You’ll be introduced to a range of information, tools and techniques that will help translate your ideas into a viable and impactful business.

Ideating Climate Business has been developed by EIT Climate-KIC.

The Ideator module includes content from/developed from d.school bootcamp bootleg by Hasso Plattner, Institute of Design at Stanford, licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 3.0.

As you develop your climate business idea, you need to assess if it has a positive or a negative climate impact - the impact is only positive if the benefits outweigh the impact of the resources needed to create, deliver and use the solution.
 
Carbon impact forecast (Cif) is a tool that enables allows you to assess climate impact potential based on Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) and Climate Impact Assessment (CIA) methods, made quick and easy for Climate-KIC startups. The tool is licensed for use by participants on many of EIT Climate-KIC’s programmes. If you are not a participant you will need to purchase a licence to use the tool. 
Click here to go to the tool. Click here to go to a learning nugget that provides an introduction to the tool and offers some activities that can help you prepare to use it.
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Learning Outcomes:
After completing this course, you'll be able to:
  • Identify your personal drivers, values and preferences that will help to develop your own high-impact climate challenge
  • Identify which sectors contribute to global greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions, where the emissions hotspots are, and thus where opportunities, within these sectors lie
  • Understand opportunities and barriers to achieving the full GHG emission reduction potential laid out in forecasts
  • Narrow down the GHG emission hotspots to a concrete challenge area level within your focus area
  • Frame a suitable challenge for impactful solutions ideation
  • Test your challenge with stakeholders in order to give yourself the best starting point for ideating solutions
  • Use a range of ideation tools and techniques – including empathy work - to generate, develop and prototype your climate impact ideas
  • Start to use techniques for getting your business off the ground, including assessing the climate and business impacts of your idea, developing a business model, getting to grips with financial planning, securing funding, and pitching your solution

To start this course, all you need to do is select the Enrol Here button on this page. If you haven’t already registered on the site, you will be prompted to register when you enrol.

Yes, you will be awarded a certificate if you complete all the course.

Consider the approximate durations of each module: 

  • Part 1 – The Challenge Creator: 9-10 hours
  • Part 2 – The Ideator: 4-5 hours
  • Part 3 – The Business Planner: 9-10 hours

These durations are based on the time it takes to work through the materials and to complete the suggested activities that are designed to help you apply the learning. 

You will need additional time to explore all the recommended additional resources. 

We suggest that you allow three weeks to complete the course, but it is entirely up to you as to how fast or slow you go. You can jump ahead or take more time depending on your other commitments.

In the Climate-KIC Community, your active contribution is appreciated and encouraged. Start by setting up your profile to help others to get a clearer picture of who you are.

Once you have completed the course, you can return at any time to revisit any of the learning materials or community discussions.

When you register on the EIT Climate-KIC portal you automatically become a part of the learning community. You can then use the Groups and Discussion forums set up for the course or topic you are interested in to seek help from other community members.

We expect that a minimum 1mbs internet connection is needed to go through the course content. For external resources such as videos, a higher speed might be needed (2mbs and above). The course links to various external resources from different platforms like YouTube and Vimeo. Climate-KIC bears no responsibility if there are country restrictions that block video or other content in your location.

All of EIT Climate-KIC’s courses are accessible on smartphone, tablet, and desktop. For some courses, you may also need access to a printer in order to print off work sheets and to complete offline activities. If you have any issues accessing our courses on these devices, please contact our technical support team

If you are about to embark on The Journey as either a student, mentor or coach – welcome and bon voyage!

For students 

In preparation for your journey we encourage you at minimum to complete Module 1 – The Challenge CreatorThis will give you the best starting point for fruitful idea generation on creating a climate impact business when you go to the first face-to-face Journey workshop.

In addition, you will:

  • Get constructive feedback on the challenge you have framed, from other students and Journey mentors so that you can refine your challenge
  • Be provided with activation questions to kick-start your climate business thinking
  • Join in discussions with other participants and mentors to help build the knowledge and insights that will help you get the most out of the Journey.

Tutors, mentors and coaches 

You are invited to:

  • Meet up with your students in the community forums
  • Give feedback and answers as they work through the course and submit their first ‘framed challenges’
  • Make use of the learning community.

At the present time, the course is only available in English.

Learning Outcomes:
After completing this course, you'll be able to:
  • Identify your personal drivers, values and preferences that will help to develop your own high-impact climate challenge
  • Identify which sectors contribute to global greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions, where the emissions hotspots are, and thus where opportunities, within these sectors lie
  • Understand opportunities and barriers to achieving the full GHG emission reduction potential laid out in forecasts
  • Narrow down the GHG emission hotspots to a concrete challenge area level within your focus area
  • Frame a suitable challenge for impactful solutions ideation
  • Test your challenge with stakeholders in order to give yourself the best starting point for ideating solutions
  • Use a range of ideation tools and techniques – including empathy work - to generate, develop and prototype your climate impact ideas
  • Start to use techniques for getting your business off the ground, including assessing the climate and business impacts of your idea, developing a business model, getting to grips with financial planning, securing funding, and pitching your solution

Welcome to the Challenge CreatorWelcome to the Challenge Creator

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An overview of the course, and an introduction to the funnelling process.
APPROX. TIME : 30 MIN

Intention SettingIntention Setting

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Uncover and identify your intentions for the course.
APPROX. TIME : 50 MIN

What makes you tick?What makes you tick?

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Uncover your career sweet spot: where your interests meet your personality and your abilities.
APPROX. TIME : 60 MIN

Combat Climate ChangeCombat Climate Change

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Gain an understanding of the key concepts relating to climate change and how we can combat it.
APPROX. TIME : 20 MIN

Climate Impact: GHG hotspotsClimate Impact: GHG hotspots

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Immerse yourself in discovering GHG Hotspots.
APPROX. TIME : 120 MIN

Climate Impact: Forecasts & barriersClimate Impact: Forecasts & barriers

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Extract information to develop your focus area.
APPROX. TIME : 35 MIN

Frame your challengeFrame your challenge

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Frame your challenge as a springboard for ideating solutions and business opportunities.
APPROX. TIME : 60 MIN

Reach out to your stakeholdersReach out to your stakeholders

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Engage with stakeholders to deepen your insights into your chosen problem.
APPROX. TIME : 90 MIN

Challenge Creator feedbackChallenge Creator feedback

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Tell us what you think about this module.

Welcome to the IdeatorWelcome to the Ideator

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An introduction to an ideation framework.
APPROX. TIME : 15 MIN

Ideator Toolkit: Stage 1 - Inspiration Ideator Toolkit: Stage 1 - Inspiration

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Adopt the right mindset, get inspired, and learn from others.
APPROX. TIME : 40 MIN

Ideator Toolkit: Stage 2 - IdeationIdeator Toolkit: Stage 2 - Ideation

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Discover a range of ideation. prototyping and testing techniques.
APPROX. TIME : 25 MIN

Ideator Toolkit: Stage 3 – ImpactIdeator Toolkit: Stage 3 – Impact

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Evaluate the climate impact of your idea and assess its business potential.
APPROX. TIME : 15 MIN

Ideator FeedbackIdeator Feedback

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Tell us what you think about this module.

Welcome to The Business PlannerWelcome to The Business Planner

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A short overview of what’s in this module.
APPROX. TIME : 5 MIN

Business Model Canvas (BMC)Business Model Canvas (BMC)

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Discover a tool for developing and shaping your ideas into a business model.
APPROX. TIME : 45 MIN

Sources of funding Sources of funding

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What to think about when considering how to finance your business.
APPROX. TIME : 120 MIN

Financial Planning FundamentalsFinancial Planning Fundamentals

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Learn how to use our financial planning tool.
APPROX. TIME : 25 MIN

Get Ready to Pitch!Get Ready to Pitch!

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Use our tips and planning template to deliver a perfect pitch.
APPROX. TIME : 180 MIN

Stakeholder MappingStakeholder Mapping

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Explore a four-step model to analyse your stakeholders' power, influence and level of interest.
APPROX. TIME : 180 MIN

Business Planner feedbackBusiness Planner feedback

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Tell us what you think about this module.

Ideating Climate Business feedbackIdeating Climate Business feedback

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An opportunity to contribute your thoughts on the entire Ideating Climate Business course.

Climate Impact Forecast Tool (Cif)Climate Impact Forecast Tool (Cif)

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In this short nugget you will learn about the Cif tool that can be used for assessing the climate impact of your business idea.
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Learning Outcomes:
After completing this course, you'll be able to:
  • Identify your personal drivers, values and preferences that will help to develop your own high-impact climate challenge
  • Identify which sectors contribute to global greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions, where the emissions hotspots are, and thus where opportunities, within these sectors lie
  • Understand opportunities and barriers to achieving the full GHG emission reduction potential laid out in forecasts
  • Narrow down the GHG emission hotspots to a concrete challenge area level within your focus area
  • Frame a suitable challenge for impactful solutions ideation
  • Test your challenge with stakeholders in order to give yourself the best starting point for ideating solutions
  • Use a range of ideation tools and techniques – including empathy work - to generate, develop and prototype your climate impact ideas
  • Start to use techniques for getting your business off the ground, including assessing the climate and business impacts of your idea, developing a business model, getting to grips with financial planning, securing funding, and pitching your solution