How might we validate the business idea of Crop Insurance, a promising spin-off from academia, within three months?
The Starting Point
Robert and Stephan are both scientists and had worked at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research to help the agriculture sector adapt to climate change. I can’t disclose the details of their solution, so bare with me if parts sound a bit vage. I can say that much: They had developed a smart model to analyze and predict how draughts would affect the soil. Now, they wanted to find out, if and how their model could be used ‘in the real world’ to make life easier for farmers.
Besides stalking each other on the internet, we did not know each other, so I wanted to sneak a bit of project time, to get to know each other and what we can and cannot do. We were spread between Berlin and Leipzig, so all that happened remotely. Once we gained trust in each other, we defined the goals and desired outcomes of the collaboration and planned the project structure and working mode.
Sprint 1: “Is there a problem to our solution?“
In our first phase (or sprint as agile people call it), we dived into the existing solution and mapped out assumptions that have led us to assume there is a business opportunity in the first place. We circled the most critical ones and made a plan to validate them.
Supporting the team behind Flaneur Magazine to grow as a team and come up with creative ways to sustain their venture.
Working with a big Horizon2020 consortia on a way to commercialize their platform opin.me
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