Course Description

‘Think like a Startup’ Canvas Sessions

Explore and design a new business in 90 minutes with our Startup Canvas. A design driven framework, and process to use when building a value driven business or to see your business as if it was a Startup.
In this highly interactive exercise, we will provide the tools for your teams to align values with organizational models, culture, propositions, business models and customer values and goals.

We facilitate the ‘Think like a Startup’ Canvas Sessions for teams within organizations for in-house training, conferences and other team based activities. This is an excellent tool for sparking creativity and aligning teams for fresh new business opportunities. Please contact for more information.


In these high energy sessions with multiple teams we use the tool in a game format. Build a value driven Startup in 90 minutes with a pitch at the end. This will create lots of energy and engagement of the teams.

To play the game we created the following tools:
An instruction sheet which will guide the teams through the process. One group member (the People Guru) is responsible for time and checking the instructions.

Persona cards. These persona cards are used to give information to the participants playing the role of End-User during the game. This way we want to help them play the role of the End-User even better.

Assignments cards with challenges the groups can choose from after they understood the values and purpose the group members share. The groups can choose the Assignments and Persona’s they feel belong together.

Participant Roles. Every participant will have a role. A key role is the End-User. Each team should assign to players to be the End-User, the instruction sheet will explain what these players should do exactly and when they should do it. Another Key role is the People Guru. This player is responsible for monitoring the teamwork and timekeeping.

DesignThinkers Academy aims to inspire people and teams by organizing events that engage participants in relevant themes. We provide facilitaiton expertise and training courses that help organizations build the necessary capabilities to connect to user needs and innovate.

Take a look at the ‘Think like a Startup Session’ we facilitated at the Stanford D.School:

We can also offer you a tailor-made coaching program designed around your specific team objectives to guide you through the Design Thinking process.

, In-House Design Thinking Services

Our main objective is to provide you with hands-on tools that you can use immediately the next day in your working environment.

Besides the training program you will be handed out a toolkit, certificate and access to the DT Academy Network virtual environment.

The end result is aimed at a transformation of the participants, knowledge of tools and methods, a deep understanding of the value of design, and professional & personal growth.