The Business Model Canvas, is a strategic management and entrepreneurial tool. It allows you to describe, design, challenge, invent, and pivot your business model.
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Just reference to businessmodelgeneration.com after each use, and share your work!
Make a presentation, pitch a VC, consult with your clients, or whatever you dream up. The Canvas is licensed as creative commons so enjoy it free. Just be sure to link back to businessmodelgeneration.com after each use, and share your work under a similar licence. Here's the legal info.
Use a sticky note for each and every one of the building blocks of your business model. Ideas need to be mobile.
Use words AND images to describe your business model building blocks to enhance big picture understanding.
Increase the clarity of your business model by color-coding all elements related to a specific client segment.
Don't fall in love with your first idea. Sketch out alternative business models for the same product, service, or technology.
Start from a blank Canvas when you explain your business model. Tell your business model story one sticky note at a time.
Map out every new and innovative business model you come across. Understand, learn and try to apply to your model.
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There have been some questions posted lately asking for guidance in using the tools associated with the Business Model Generation approach - the Business Model Canvas and the Value Proposition Canvas.
Though the Business Model Canvas was released under Creative Commons and the Value Proposition Canvas under copyright, the requirements for use of the two tools are really quite similar.
Anyone may use the Business Model Canvas and the Value Proposition Canvas for their own work or to support others in understanding, analysing or changing their business models. This includes people who use the tools within their own companies or in a consulting capacity. The requirement, whether Creative Commons or Copyright, is full identification and credit of the source of the tool - Business Model Canvas is BusinessModelGeneration.com and the Value Proposition Canvas is BusinessModelGeneration.com and Business Model Foundry GmbH.
The Business Model Canvas, released under Creative Commons license, is open for building other approaches and variations on the concept. There have been a number of variations discussed and demonstrated here in the Hub and externally. Where variations have been made, recognition of the original source material material must be included on the variation. The text and link BusinessModelGeneration.com should be clearly visible and legible under every canvas.
The Value Proposition Canvas has been released with a slightly more restricted use guideline of Copyright, under which Business Model Foundry has reserved the intellectual property for adaptations and for the inclusion of the canvas in software applications or sold as a tool for others to use (e.g. selling copies of the poster). This can only be done under the express permission and agreement of the Business Model Foundry GmbH.
So, the tools are there for you to use without restriction in modelling your own or other people's businesses. If you wish to include the Business Model Canvas in software solutions, it would be good business practice to first contact the Business Model Generation authors to discuss your intended use. If you wish to use the Value Proposition Canvas in software, in original or adapted form, or sell the canvas as a tool, you must contact the copyright holders, Business Model Foundry, for permission.