A list of resources compiled by UnLtd USA for impact enterprises.*
At UnLtd USA we seek out, fund and support entrepreneurs building solutions to the world’s most pressing social and environmental problems. We invest directly in these individuals, developing them as leaders, accelerating their impact and propelling their organizations toward further investment and scale.
Impact design and measurement:
- The Mulago Foundation Design Iteration Flow - A design-based guide to the development of an impact model.
- The Kellogg Foundation Logic Model Guide - A guide to the development of a logic model that lays out an organization’s theory for how they will create impact.
- The Hewlett Foundation’s “Outcome-Focused Grantmaking” - A description of the Hewlett Foundation’s approach.
- “Accelerating Impact Enterprises” - A report by CASE i3 at Duke on how to support and categorize “impact enterprises.”
Startup business model development:
- The Lean Startup - A book by Eric Reis advocating an iterative approach to startups.
- The New Business Road Test and Getting to Plan B by John Mullins and Randy Komisar - The first introduces the Seven Domains framework; the second an tool for iteratively approaching business model design.
- Business Model Generation - A series of books and frameworks (including the business model canvas and value proposition canvas) for designing a business model.
- The Mom Test by Rob FitzGerald - A workbook on customer development.
Entrepreneurial motivation and leadership development:
- Alan Fine’s GROW model as presented out by Riaz Shah and Das Narayandas for Harvard Business School.
- Founder Centric’s “Brain Trust” resources - A guide for entrepreneurs to coach each other and analyze each other’s pitches.
- The principles of effectuation by Saras Sarasvathy, which identify the characteristics of expert entrepreneurs.
- Pitching Hacks by Venture Hacks - A guide to pitching angel investors, including a powerpoint deck template on p52.
- Space Angels Network’s pitching deck - Another great ten-slide powerpoint deck template.
- Founder Centric’s “Pitch Bingo” resources - A guide for entrepreneurs to coach each other and analyze each other’s pitches.
- “Network Analysis in the Social Sciences” by Stephen Borgatti - An academic article providing historical background of and introduction to social network theory.
- The Oxford Entrepreneurship Centre’s Jim Hall’s PhD research on building an Advisory Board.
- Tech Columbus’s “Networked Connections” model.
Other accelerator models:
- The Points of Light Civic Accelerator model and format - A well thought through accelerator program in Chicago.
In addition to the above resources, some other resources of note:
- Founders’ Dilemmas - A book by academic Noam Wasserman about the hard conversations startup founders have to have.
- The Art of the Start by Guy Kawasaki - and especially the chapter on pitching.
- “The Secret Structure of Great Talks” - a TED Talk by Nancy Duarte.
- Lean Launchpad - An educational curriculum built on the business model canvas and Steve Blank’s customer development methodology.
- Four Steps to the Epiphany and The Startup Owners’ Manual by Steve Blank - The bible on how to talk with customers.
- The Angel Investors’ Handbook and Venture Deals - Two books that provide insight into how angel investors and VCs make decisions.
- Running Lean by Austin-based Ash Maurya - Another take on the lean startup.
- My EJ - The entrepreneurial curriculum of Austin-based Acton Business School.
- “A Decade of Outcome-Oriented Philanthropy” - A Stanford Social Innovation Review article about foundations that prioritize outcomes.
- William James’ Foundation’s list of accelerator programs for social ventures.
- +Acumen - A series of online course put together by impact investor Acumen Fund.
- School for Change - an online course for do-gooders.
- Nesta’s DIY Toolkit - A collection of resources for development practitioners, some of them borrowed from the startup world.
- “Funding Social Enterprises” - Case studies by funder Echoing Green.
- A Comprehensive Guide to Developing Your Social Enterprise - UnLtd
- “How to Build Your Network” an HBR article by Brian Uzzi and Shannon Dunlap.
- IDEO’s Human Centered Design Toolkit.
- Entrepreneurial Motivation - by Mark Hand, based on a similar resource from Founder Centric.
- Impact DNA by Richard Alderson.
*In line with a recent report by CASE i3 and new initiative from the Rockefeller Foundation, we have begun to use the phrase impact enterprise instead of social enterprise. We think impact enterprise is more inclusive of enterprises tackling environmental and civic issues, and we hope it sticks.