Have you ever thought about a problem and wondered how much easier life would be if you had the solution in your back pocket? Have you found yourself wishing someone would make that product or service happen?
Have you ever wondered if you might be able to solve that problem?
Having worked with Lincolnshire businesses for over 4 years now, LORIC has set out a series of free workshops to take participants through the steps of making their idea a reality.
Starting from the 1st September, we will take participants through feasibility assessment, making a wireframe, stakeholder mapping, marketing, developing a healthy data culture, and embedding sustainability in your design. By the end, participants should have a well-rounded proposition and a strong understanding of the market that would enable them to take their idea to the next level.
No coding experience or technical savvy needed - just bring pen and paper, and a curious mind.
While it's not mandatory to attend all the events, there will be quite a few cross-cutting themes
There should be an app for that: Event schedule
Ideas Bootcamp, Thurs, Sept 1, 10:00 - 13:00 (LORIC Building)
Everybody's got an idea. In this workshop, you will be taken through the steps of assessing market readiness for your app, by looking at:
- Product readiness
- Operational readiness
- Marketing readiness
- Customer readiness, and
- Financial readiness
From Idea to Sketch, Thurs, Sept 15, 10:00 - 13:00 (LORIC Building)
The first event of our series encouraged you to look at your idea in the context of your entire company. This follow-up workshop will focus on taking your idea from concept to sketch. By the end, you would have:
- A clear value proposition.
- An idea about the basic layout of what you'd like to do.
- The beginnings of a wireframe for your application to aid in your design journey.
Getting to know your stakeholders, Thurs, Sept 29, 10:00 - 13:00 (LORIC Building)
In this half-day workshop, we will walk you through stakeholder mapping, which is a tool that both researchers and business owners can use to work better together. By the end of the morning, you will be able to:
- Quickly identify different stakeholder groups
- Understand their motivations and goals
- Come up with a value proposition to each one
- Identify new potential friends and preempt potential competition to your business
Fostering a healthy data culture, Thurs, Oct 13, 12:30 - 15:00 (LORIC Building)
In this workshop , you will have the opportunity to consider and review your current data practices in relation to Gathering Data, Storing Data, Using Data, and Sharing Data.
The aim of the session is to identify strengths and gaps in your current data practice and to begin to plan for development within your business, including whether open data can help to meet your business needs.
Inform Your Marketing Planning, Thurs, Oct 27, 13:00 - 15:00 (LORIC Building)
You don't need to become a data scientist to improve your data intelligence. However, SMEs do need to understand the fundamental principles of marketing and be able to utilise some key market research tools; not only to garner relevant intelligence to inform their marketing planning but to convert their data into insights.
This free, interactive workshop takes participants through a variety of marketing tools (SWOT, PEST, Competitor Analysis and Positioning and Product Life-cycle) that can be implemented to inform any organisation's marketing planning.
Embedding sustainability in your business, Thurs, Nov 17, 14:00 - 16:00 (LORIC Building)
There are a variety of motivators that drive businesses to become more sustainable and address issues relating to their carbon footprint. Indeed, according to research, 53% of start-ups state sustainability is essential for their business model to even be viable.
In this interactive, FREE workshop, we will guide you and your colleagues through a sustainable business canvas model to collate your thoughts and proposed actions into a toolbox you can use to embrace sustainability as core to your business planning.