Live Case – Project

We Sow We Grow Business Plan

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Project Synopsis

Building a business plan for a nonprofit is tough work! We are currently missing out on grant opportunities because our current business plan is not as cohesive as it can be. We want help creating a business plan which informs future partners without needing deep explanations from the executive staff all the time. We expect your revised plan with dig into the demographics of the people we serve globally, highlight what key sections and information is necessary, solidify our tone and messaging, and allow us to present our comprehensive business plans to possible grantors who would completely see the big picture of our organization and they back that understanding with money.

Project Topics

Corporate Social Responsibility

Operations

Reporting, Financial Planning & Analysis

Company Information

CompanyWe Sow We Grow
HQChicago, IL
RevenueN/A
EmployeesUnlisted
StageEstablished Startup
Hiring PotentialFollow-on Projects, Formal Internship
Websitehttp://wesowwegrow.org/

Company Overview

The We Sow We Grow Project began as a small community garden plot in West Pullman, Chicago in 2016. As our Executive Director shared the progression photos of the project, questions were asked, and a gardening movement was born. All from the desire to no longer see empty plots of land on the city’s Southside… While the urban farm focuses on supporting those in the community, the larger online community is stemmed in creating gardeners in all walks of life. We are looking forward to expanding our offerings and collaborating with agricultural enthusiasts everywhere.

Experiential Learning Program Details

SchoolNorthern Illinois University (NIU)
Engagement FormatLive Case - Think "Hackathon" or Case Competition with a whole class of students! This learning format allows educators to deliver experiential learning to students at scale. Students are often split into groups to work on a live case (or a series of cases) from a real host company that directly relates to key learning objectives.
CourseBusiness in Action, Fall 2021 (Rosenfelder) – We Sow We Grow
LevelUndergraduate
Students Enrolled68
Meeting Day & TimeJacie: Online, Mondays & Wednesday 3:30 - 4:45 PM CT
Student Time Commitment4-7 Hours Per Week
Company Time Commitment2 Hours
Duration13.57 Weeks

Program Timeline

Touchpoints & Assignments Due Date Type
REMINDER OF CONFIDENTIALITY

REMINDER OF CONFIDENTIALITY

During this program, you'll be working on a real project posed by a real industry partner. By registering for the CapSource system and participating in this Program, you are bound by the Rules of Engagement, including strict confidentiality of information shared with you. Please be respectful and professional.
September 3rd, 2021 Event na
KICKOFF SURVEY DUE

KICKOFF SURVEY DUE

September 5th, 2021 Evaluation evaluation
OFFICIAL PROJECT LAUNCH

OFFICIAL PROJECT LAUNCH

Student on-boarding and project-matching survey complete
September 8th, 2021 Event na
UPLOAD MILESTONE #1 DELVERABLE UPLOAD MILESTONE #1 DELVERABLE
September 24th, 2021 Submission Required submission-required
TEMP CHECK #1 DUE

TEMP CHECK #1 DUE

September 26th, 2021 Evaluation evaluation
COMPANY Q&A WEBINAR DURING CLASS TIME (8 AM, 12:30 PM, 2 PM CT)

COMPANY Q&A WEBINAR DURING CLASS TIME (8 AM, 12:30 PM, 2 PM CT)

September 27th, 2021 Event na
TEMP CHECK #2 DUE

TEMP CHECK #2 DUE

October 10th, 2021 Evaluation evaluation
UPLOAD MILESTONE #2 DELIVERABLE UPLOAD MILESTONE #2 DELIVERABLE
October 22nd, 2021 Submission Required submission-required
COMPANY Q&A WEBINAR #2 DURING CLASS TIME (8 AM, 12:30 PM, 2 PM CT)

COMPANY Q&A WEBINAR #2 DURING CLASS TIME (8 AM, 12:30 PM, 2 PM CT)

October 25th, 2021 Event na
TEMP CHECK #3 DUE

TEMP CHECK #3 DUE

November 7th, 2021 Evaluation evaluation
UPLOAD FINAL DELIVERABLES UPLOAD FINAL DELIVERABLES
 
November 29th, 2021 Submission Required submission-required
OFFICIAL PROJECT FINAL PRESENTATIONS (8 AM, 12:30 PM, 2 PM CT)

OFFICIAL PROJECT FINAL PRESENTATIONS (8 AM, 12:30 PM, 2 PM CT)

 
December 1st, 2021 Event na
PEER ASSESSMENT DUE

PEER ASSESSMENT DUE

December 5th, 2021 Evaluation evaluation
SELF ASSESSMENT DUE

SELF ASSESSMENT DUE

December 5th, 2021 Evaluation evaluation

Key Project Milestones

  • September 24, 2021 - Outline the Business Plan

    • Why does the company needs a business plan?
    • How do they intend to use it?
    • What should be included in a business plan?

    Suggested Deliverable:

    Develop and outline for the business plan and prepare for Q&A Session

  • October 22, 2021 - Develop a Draft of Each Section of the Business Plan

    Based on your outline above, begin to create content for the business plan, including the following sections at the very minimum:

    • Target Audience Assessment
    • Product Strategy
    • Go-To-Market Strategy
    • Key Competitors
    • Social & Community Impact Metrics
    • Financial Model
    • Use of Proceeds

    Suggested Deliverable:

    A strong start on a draft of the business plan

  • December 1, 2021 - Present your final business plan to key company stakeholders

    Ensure your business is complete and thorough


    Suggested Deliverable:

    Deliver written business plan + 5-minute presentation highlighting key insights

Project Resources

There are no resources currently available

Industry Mentors

Company Admin

Natasha Nicholes

[email protected]

Academic Mentors

There are currently no supervisors assigned.

Assigned Students

There are currently no students assigned.