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Values-based, sustainability oriented business model innovation is at the core of a new project that we are conducting for the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and its Lab of Tomorrow. We are consolidating processes and tools to develop and assess new business models emerging from the Lab, and create materials for stakeholder communication. The project continues our successful collaboration with Dr. Florian Lüdeke-Freund, Professor for Corporate Sustainability at the ESCP Berlin.

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We started working on a future vision and roadmap for digital services of one of the largest car manufacturers in Europe. We are designing an innovation process for future connected mobility and provide market and technology research, methodological coaching and workshop facilitation. In tight collaboration with internal and external experts, we will evaluated and prioritize assets and opportunities from different brands and markets, and identify potential threats and gaps in the portfolio of offerings.

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For a new business unit of an automotive client we identified new collaborative business models with new benefits for customers, online business and dealerships. We started sketching dealer personas, reviewed and extended the business model on the new online unit, and leveraged its business model to enhance the business models of partnering dealers. New customer journeys resulted, involving both online business and local partners.

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We started a series of co-creation workshops with stakeholders of a new client from om the automotive industry. Potential customers contribute to designing an online shop based on rapid paper prototyping and card sorting exercises. Retailers are invited to participate in the co-creation of new business models that are attractive for themselves, for customers and the manufacturer. Bringing different parties together, and facilitating their interaction we co-produce a mutually valued outcome. A major result in this case will be the design concepts for an online shop suited to different target groups.

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How can Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) become a mainstream building component? And what are viable business models to foster such an integration? We are working for an international group of reseachers and practitioners of the International Energy Agency in Uppsala, Sweden. We captured directive values in European BIPV business to develop new business models for making BIPV a mainstream building component. Based on an initial collection and discussion of values 18 new business ideas have been identified. Two of these ideas were elaborated upon using the Business Innovation Kit, named Power2Consumers and Photovoltaic Catalogue. Two groups worked to sketch viable business models for each ideas and described five business models in more detail. Thanks and regards to a highly engaged group of participants! Image: Frodeparken building with BIPV facade in Uppsala

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