Venture Manager at Ākina Foundation (New Zealand)
Rowan is a startup entrepreneur, investor and advisor. He also consults to social enterprises, high growth startups and large corporates on innovation and how to go from brand new idea to viable enterprise as quickly and as safely as possible.
As part of the Ākina team, Rowan has worked with dozens of early stage social enterprises to help them map a path to validate their business model ideas and put them on a path to success
During the course of this work and in partnership with Ākina, Rowan developed the Social Lean Canvas, a tool for social entrepreneurs to make sense of the challenges of starting something new. The Social Lean Canvas is now used by thousands of entrepreneurs around the world as a way to map early stage social enterprise ideas, reduce the risks associated with new and untested business models and ultimately increase the chances of social entrepreneurs succeeding in their missions.