We have just launched the most comprehensive guide to innovation: download it today!


The UNITE Business Model Environment Canvas

You don’t create Value Propositions or Business Models in a vacuum. This critical canvas helps you understand the larger context in which you are operating.

Clear visual representation of the most important external factors impacting your business

Understand the design constraints under which you are going to operate and see how you can even benefit from them

Integrates with the Business Model Canvas for an expanded view of your Business Model

What the download contains

  • The UNITE Business Model Environment Canvas
  • The UNITE Business Model Canvas
  • Overview of the entire UNITE Business Model Framework, which helps you understand the role of the Business Model Environment Canvas in context
What People Are Saying

Why we use it:

You don’t innovate in a vacuum. Understanding the larger context in which you want to operate is crucial. This canvas allows you to visualize the different aspects of your business environment. Just as the Extended Business Model Canvas creates another layer beyond your Business Model, this expands your view even further to understand the external world you are operating in.


The Business Model Environment tool is organized into two key areas: emerging trends and disruptive forces. These areas surround the Business Model Canvas because they are the factors influencing the Business Model you design. Unlike the Business Model itself, over which you have full control, external forces represent design constraints that you have to work with.

Using it is simple: Basically, you get to play the “what if?” game. Go through each of the areas and simply ask yourself the tough questions. For example, in the societal and cultural trends: “How is this key technology trend affecting us?” Or with regards to regulatory trends: “What will change when this new rule/legislation comes into effect?”

Understanding the design constraints on your Business Model is becoming even more important as the rate of change accelerates. If you don’t have a strong sense of the ways that your context is changing, you will not be able to anticipate and adapt fast enough to keep your business afloat.

What is the goal of the model?

Clarity on your operating context. The UNITE Business Model Environment Canvas will allow you to describe and analyze the design constraints for your business and identify opportunities for innovation in that environment.



Related tools
& models

The following tools and models support the one you are exploring. If you’re ready to go further, check them out. Download the models below and continue your journey …

Related tools & models


The following tools and models support the one you are exploring. If you’re ready to go further, check them out., download the models below and continue your journey …


Related categories

Explore the other models in the category you started with or take a look at these related categories. There is no right way to use these tools. Follow the path that works best for you and your team.

Looking for more in-depth explanation? Sign up for our wait
list and we will let you know as soon as the book is ready for download.

The Origin of this Model:
» How to Create Innovation «

How to Create Innovation is a practical, comprehensive, OpenSource guide for successful corporate innovation. The UNITE initiative and movement, spearheaded by Stefan F. Dieffenbacher and Caroline Hüttinger and supported by a diverse team of industry leaders and innovation researchers, aims to spark a revolution in global innovation and transformation.


How to CREATE INNOVATION is a workbook for students, innovators, designers, and government and corporate leaders who appreciate and are curious about emerging technologies and the accelerating pace of innovation. It challenges the status quo and supports the development of the mindset, beliefs and strategies necessary for the next stage of business evolution. Leverage the UNITE innovation framework to conceptualize and build the future of your business.

Benefit from Digital
Leaderships’ experience

Digital Leadership is a strategy-execution firm built on strong and innovative values. We support our customers in strategizing, building and securing their future through the creation of fully digitally enabled, and extraordinarily successful, products and businesses. Our agile, lean, fast-track business setup, coupled with access to an extensive pool of highly specialized and trusted resources (customized for each customer’s journey), allows for ideating and building in an effective and meaningful way.

Shared goals are the cornerstone of our customer approach. To date, our team has successfully led 74 projects with numerous global players across all industry sectors, ranging from $50,000 projects to $100 million ones. But helping our customers’ build their futures is not enough. We are committed to changing the world through the sharing of powerful innovation and transformation practices. Join the UNITE movement and help us start an innovation revolution.
Stefan F. Dieffenbacher
Founder & Managing Director of Digital Leadership

»We build digital winners.
It's what we are made for. Let's create winning digital businesses – together. And, at the same time, let’s create a world worth living in.«


Select your currency
EUR Euro
USD United States (US) dollar