Aboriginal B-Model Canvas

This project will provide the necessary research for the development of a business model for Aboriginal entrepreneurs in Northwestern British Columbia. Nesika Management Ltd. has previously used Alexander Osterwalder’s Business Model Canvas to teach First Nations entrepreneurs, but finds that the model lacks cultural specificity and is not ideal for the needs of Aboriginal entrepreneurs. By combining research into effective mainstream business models such as the Business Model Canvas and the Venture Intelligent Quotient with the visual tool of the Aboriginal medicine wheel, this internship aims to develop a successful, culturally sensitive business model in order to teach entrepreneurship in the best way. As a result of this research, Nesika will be able to better achieve their goal of economic self-reliance for Aboriginal people by helping Aboriginal entrepreneurs to achieve prosperity and self-reliance in their entrepreneurial ventures.

Intern: 
Andrea Diaz
Faculty Supervisor: 
Dr. Brent Mainprize
Project Year: 
2014
Province: 
British Columbia
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