Sustaining Our Planet: A Toolkit for Entrepreneurs

How to Invent, Prosper, and Do Good for the Planet

With the support of The Lemelson Foundation, VentureWell partnered with NESsT and Presidio Graduate School to develop Sustaining Our Planet: A Toolkit for Entrepreneurs, a set of resources to help inventor entrepreneurs develop products that will improve people’s lives and generate profits – without putting additional stress on our resource-strapped planet.

VentureWell’s Inventing Green: A Toolkit for Sustainable Design helps early-stage inventors understand how the lifecycle of their products will affect the environment. The toolkit includes a video series and several resources that can be used together, a la carte, or within short workshops, multi-day accelerators, or as part of a university-level engineering or design course.

Download the toolkit here.

Watch the video series here.

NESsT’s I2E Inventing Green Tool is an online tool that simplifies the process of assessing and tracking environmental impact. The tool is designed for companies – including those operating in under-resourced countries – that have started early production and sales and are validating or preparing to scale. 

Access the tool here.

Presidio Graduate School’s Business Sustainability Booster (BSB) is an extension to the well-known “Business Model Canvas” (BMC). It guides leaders of startups and existing enterprises through a set of questions to make their business models more socially, environmentally, and economically sustainable.

Access the tool here