We help you to launch and scale impactful platforms & digital ecosystems TOOLS | INSIGHTS | ACADEMY | COMMUNITY | VENTURE BUILDING VENTURE BUILDING SERVICES CORE TOOLS & USER-GUIDE PODCAST ENTREPRENEURIAL PLATFORM INNOVATION INSIGHTS & REPORTS ADVANCED TOOLS ACADEMY

The most comprehensive & advanced toolset to design, launch & scale impactful platforms & marketplaces

Overview of tools & services

Tools & Guides

Download free the most advanced set of tools & canvases to explore, design, launch and scale successful platform ventures

Research & Insights

Sharing easy-to-understand insights on platform venture building based on real-world examples in B2C and B2B

Platform Venture Building

We are experienced founders and tech entrepreneurs and we work together with you to launch and scale successful platform ventures and unlock network effects

Academy

Become a certified platform expert by attending our live masterclasses or on-demand online courses

Strategy Advisory

We provide advisory services to enable you to make the right platform strategy decisions and explore platform opportunities for your business

Community

Become part of our global community of practitioners or join our open ambassador program to learn, exchange and expand your network

We work together with startups, corporates and NGOs from all industries

Trusted by Global Innovators

DOUBLE LOOP FRAMEWORK

A framework to Launch & Scale

To create an impactful and successful platform business it requires to align four perspectives. User needs with your solution (problem-platform fit), the market (market-platform fit), business (business-platform fit) and your capabilities (capabilities-platform fit). Our innovative double loop model helps you to align those perspectives in the exploration and the scale-up phase.

Core Tools

>25 free canvases / visual templates

Since 2012 we continuously improve our toolset. Today, the PIK 5 core set consists of >25 canvases including the original “Platform Business Model Canvas”, the Value Network Canvas and other deep-dive visual tools. For example for monetization, Platform Service Design, Architecture, roadmapping, Network effects and so on. For each key questions we developed visual tools and guides helping entrepreneurs around the world.

End-to-End Framework

Supports all lifestages of a platform

Very often teams are using multiple frameworks and tools like Design Thinking or the original Business Model Canvas for ideation. But those tools are lacking the capabilities to transfer and support a venture project into the scale-up phase. This leads to inconsistencies and very often misunderstandings. The PIK is designed to support all life stages of a platform venture – from exploration to scale – making it the most comprehensive toolset available.

Made to build better platforms

Sustainability by Design

Platforms are very powerful and disrupted each industry. But they also created a lot of damage to society. At the same time we face big challenges like climate change and pandemics. We strongly believe that in the future each business should be build with a positive impact to Profit, People and Planet – the so called triple bottom-line. Therefore we incorporated sustainability aspects into the tools, so that you create a positive impact platform business by design.

Reports and our Podcast

Research & Insights

To create an impactful and successful platform business it requires to align four perspectives. User needs with your solution (problem-platform fit), the market (market-platform fit), business (business-platform fit) and your capabilities (capabilities-platform fit). Our innovative double loop model helps you to align those perspectives in the exploration and the scale-up phase.

Become a certified platform expert

Executive & Team Education

Enabling organizations is key to ensure they are building up the required skills to execute a platform strategy. Therefore we created a perfect learning experience with our live masterclasses and on-demand courses incl. CEOs and Founders of platforms as speakers. Giving you practical insights and tipps – not just theory. 

Create a successful platform strategy for your business

Platform Strategy Advisory

Very often corporates lack the right understanding of platforms and what the impact or potential they can have. In our workshops and engagements we help you to explore the opportunities and make the right build / buy / partner / join decisions to ensure future growth and positioning in future ecosystems.

Let's co-create a better future

Platform Venture Building

We are serial entrepreneurs and proven tech-founders. We love to build new businesses based on network effects. In the last 20 years we have gained experience on creating different types of platforms in multiple industries. Today, we are one of the leading platform venture builders co-creating new platforms with our corporate clients. If you want to explore and scale a successful platform and you lack the right talent, just let us know.

Become part of a global movement & community

Global Community

Since 2012 we support with our tools the adoption of platform thinking worldwide. Today, we are host of one of the biggest communities of interest regarding platform thinking and platform building worldwide. Supported by a fine and hand-picked ambassador community we enable knowledge exchange and best practice sharing.

LET'S co-Create a better tomorrow

  • The Platform Business Model Canvas is a perfect tool to design platform business models.

    Thilo Kassen
    Executive Manager, PRISMA Capacity
  • The Platform Innovation Kit absolutely kept its promise of hyper scaling our business by taping into the power of ecosystems and collaboratively owned surplus value!

    Christoph Hinske
    CEO Center for Societal Smart Grid Design
  • The Platform Innovation Kit is a great designed method to get different perspectives of your new business.

    Arthur Nonnenmacher
    New Business Manager, Balluff AG
  • The Platform Innovation Kit transforms a platform idea into a mature platform business model in the simplest possible way

    Dr. Lutz Kohl
    Product Manager & Co Founder Apiomat
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