I have this crazy idea that just might work—I need help getting it going.


Package #1

What we do:
+ Invite subject-matter experts
+ Design a custom half-day workshop
+ Facilitate workshop for you & team
What you get:
+ Customer interviews
+ Insight gathering
+ Idea generation
+ Prototype framework
+ Key partners
+ Timeline
+ Key resources
+ Pitch
Project timeline:
1 day

Package #2

What we do:
+ Recruit a design team
+ Invite subject-matter experts
+ Design a custom two-day workshop
+ Facilitate workshop for you & team
+ Create project guidelines & roadmap
+ Creative & strategic direction + project management
What you get:
+ Customer interviews
+ Insight gathering
+ Idea generation
+ Prototype framework
+ Key partners
+ Timeline
+ Key resources
+ Pitch
+ 2x/week stand-up check-ins
+ 1x/week 1 hour-long coaching session
Project timeline:
4-5 weeks
If you need to add additional services or deliverables, that’s cool. Get in touch with us so we can create something a bit more custom.

How do you start building a successful company that matters?

Going from the idea, the vision you have in your head, down to the specific actions and people you need to make it a reality can be a difficult transition for so many entrepreneurs. All the many moving parts, from business model to customer research to paperwork can have a visionary leader swirling around in confusion.

We take you through a quick, structured series of exercises to help you organize this process and come out with a clear set of next steps that you can feel confident in.

We’ll help you understand how to do customer development, who to talk to, which questions to ask to narrow down to the specific pain points your idea will solve for people. These are the nuggets of gold that will help you develop a strong marketing message that will get people excited about your vision and willing to stand for your cause.

We’ll also walk through a strategy to help you prototype parts of your vision, so you can find out if there are any hidden threats you need to be aware of, and how to design your way around them so you can turn threats into opportunities.

We’ll help you figure out who you need to partner with and how to approach them with a pitch that will get their attention so you can win the support your business needs to succeed.

And we care about this because…

We believe you don’t need to spend a lot of time figuring out if your idea is worth pursuing.

We believe that you shouldn’t have to spend a lot of your hard-earned cash on an idea that sucks. Too many people build first, ask questions later.

We believe that ideas aren’t precious, but your vision is.

We believe not just in failing fast, but failing smart. The best ideas come from learning and iterating on previous ideas.

We don’t approach design projects the way most creative studios do. We work with you side-by-side from the concept phase through execution — we’re not tossing things over a wall, we’re rolling up our sleeves together.

We start this process by gathering you and your creative team together in a fun, intense half-day or two-day long workshop, depending on the package you choose, designed to draw out your vision and generate some actionable ideas for you to test and validate your concepts.
Once the workshop is finished, you have the option of working with a dedicated strategic director and a designer, seeing that ideas covered in the workshop move forward.

Timeline

Pre-work:

+ Current landscape audit
+ Interview with you and your team
+ Ethnographic Observations
+ Customer Interviews

Workshop:

+ Idea generation
+ Prototype thinking
+ User testing

Post-workshop:

+ Option to continue working with us to move ideas forward

Your dream team

We like to bring in a diverse set of perspectives and skills together in our workshops to generate unique ideas and cover topics from a variety of fresh points of view. These are the types of people we are likely to invite, depending on your company’s needs: Designers, Researchers, Storytellers, Facilitators, Coaches, Industry experts, Photographers, Videographers, Prototypers.

Have a crazy idea? Great!



P.S. We know this isn’t for everyone. We’re probably not a good match if…

+ You’re shopping around for the lowest prices — we offer results that are far more valuable than the price we put on our services.
+ You needed it done yesterday — we offer a deep holistic strategy in a short amount of time, but it’s not something that can be tacked on at the end of a project. We don’t just add a final layer of “creative polish,” we work with clients from start to finish.
+ You “just need it built” — we are not a “design as service” creative agency. If what you’re building is straightforward with a known end-result, there are plenty of agencies to do that. If you’re creating something new and innovative, we can help.
+ You have it all worked out already — we love helping people solve problems they can’t figure out on their own

The Fine Print: We know a lot of people who are doing good work are bootstrapping, especially when they’re just starting out. We get it. But we don’t want you to borrow against your mortgage to work with us. Check out Funding Your Startup Social Enterprise from Social Good Guides for some strategies to gather funding for your project. We’ll be here for you once that process is complete.
If you’re just starting out and you do want some strategy and advice right now, we’ve created the DIY Launch call, a one-hour coaching call with Marc and Sarah. You can glean some wisdom and tips from our conversation and DIY your own bootstrapped approach.