Who are they?

ActionAid is an international organisation who works to fight poverty and inequality. One of their initiatives are global platforms, where they, among other, help startups that support social innovation. 

What did they need?

ActionAid has started a new innovation project with the aim of strengthening social entrepreneurship, where local young people explore alternative solutions to challenges faced by marginalized youth. To help the youth structure their ideas they needed tools for business development and managing pilot projects. The tools also needed to be accessible for all global platforms employees.


We created an entrepreneurship toolbox, which was customized to fit the three focus areas for ActionAid; Sustainability, Collaboration and Engagement. The global platform managers also underwent thorough training in the platform and business development for startups on a two-day workshop. During the first 6 month of the project we also provide the managers with sparring sessions concerning the platform and best practice for structuring entrepreneurship and economic sustainability.



What do our clients say?

  • “We’re happy to be working with the Lean team to implement their flexible solution for EDUCATE which helps entrepreneurs to develop their business cases using both academic research and practical approaches to new venture growth.”
    Rose Luckin. Professor of Learner Centred Design, UCL Institute of Education Knowledge Lab
  • “The Lean Business Platform gives us the opportunity to create some really strong and structuret learning processes with the entrepreneurial field. We used to work with 4-5 different systems and platform, which was quite cumbersome for the students and a mess for us with regards to collecting data.”
    Aarhus University
    Martin Vesterby, Aarhus University
  • “We are very pleased with the overall delivery and give Lean Business top marks! Lean Business has delivered to the letter throughout the contract period, and even beyond our expectations by continuously evaluating and adjusting their delivery in cooperation with us, all the time focusing on value for the end customers – the entrepreneurs.”
    Innovation Norway
    Margit Klingen Daams, Innovation Norway
  • “Lean Business listened to our requirements, analysed them and proposed a solution that matches our specific needs with the general strengths of the Lean Business Entrepreneurship Platform.  Using the solution has created great value for the companies in our incubation programs and we are looking forward to extending our use of the platform.”
    Atle Riskedal, Validé
  • “During the last four years, Lean Business has continuously delivered high value to us and have enabled hundreds of entrepreneurs to better build their businesses. What makes us really enjoy working with Lean Business is their ability to listen to us and adapt their deliveries to our needs. We especially appreciate their eagerness to learn and constantly improve their service to us.”
    Møre & Romsdal
    May Britt Roald, Program Owner by Møre & Romsdal County

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