Tools For Nocode (Functional) Prototypes for Building Digital Products and Services

Welcoming Message

Welcome to this course about no-code prototyping tools. We, a bunch of entrepreneurs who have collectively created over 100 apps, platforms and websites, walk you through the tools which help you create prototypes without using one single line of code.

Your Experts in this Course

Björn is a serial entrepreneur, who has founded 7 ventures to date. He worked at McKinsey for 2 years and owned his own software agency which recorded close to 7-figure revenues. He is now building a new form of school in Paraguay, which teaches people how to code – and most importantly – how to think like a coder.

Delia is an experienced nocode prototyper. She’s built dozens of apps using tools that don’t require one single line of code.

Daniel has built several products and web apps, three of which turned into successful companies. Amongst others, he also built the EWOR platform as it exists today. He’s an education enthusiast – which led him to start EWOR – and the epitome of a generalist.

About the Course

This course walks you through four components of prototyping. In the first section of this course, we will pick up some lessons from our main challenge 4: Prototyping, and describe what sort of information architecture is necessary before you begin building your first prototype. The second and third lesson focus on building low and high res prototype mockups through tools such as pen and paper, Google Slides, Figma or Proto.io. Lesson 4 will focus on building actual digital products without using a single line of code. These products will be completely functional and could already turn into a profitable business. Lastly, we will very briefly dive into Zapier and other forms of integration that might help you combine all sorts of online tools for your business.

Your Main Challenge

This course is a supplementary course to 4: Prototyping. Your main challenge will remain the same: after having identified the most critical assumptions of your current business ideas, translate them into prototypes and experiments to validate or disprove them.

Personal Development

‘Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.’
– Abraham Lincoln.

In this course, we’ll help you sharpen your axe before you get going to build your company.

About the curators

Daniel is a serial entrepreneur, who was a part-time coach on health sleep, nutrition, flow and time management. He helped the Dagang Olympic Math team win the First Place China Award in a renowned math competition as their team coach and taught his principles to high performance teams in larger corporations.

Mattias is a serial entrepreneur who founded two ventures which IPO’d at a valuation of over $1 BN. He owns over 60 patents, many of which he has sold to renowned corporations. He attributes much of his success to his scientifically proven and diligent personal development routines.

About the course

This course consists of three main pillars: Health, energy and time. As Peter Drucker puts it: “You cannot manage other people, unless you manage yourself first”. Unfortunately, most entrepreneurs (and junior managers) start managing other people before they’re even able to manage themselves. The results are disastrous. Employees leave the company prematurely, leaders are not taken seriously and the culture suffers. We (Mattias & Daniel) have seen entire companies break as a result. In this course, we’ll teach you to:

Get your health right. We’ll teach you how to master your sleep, mind, and nutrition to succeed long-term by staying healthy and energetic throughout.

Get your energy right. We’ll teach you everything about habits, willpower, and flow you need to know. We’ll use the most recent scientific findings.

Get your time management right. This part will mostly be about prioritisation and balancing all sorts of trade-offs, whether it is efficiency vs effectiveness, deep work vs shallow work or execution vs reflection.

Main challenge

Your main challenge will be to create a personal health, energy and management plan which allows you to track your time and habits and helps you be more consistent. You can download a template at the last lesson in this course.

Your place to reflect with your peers

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Building a Website with HTML, CSS and JS

Welcoming Message

Welcome to this course about web development. We’ll teach you to build your own website so that you can do what an entrepreneur needs to do: Brag about your products, gain customer feedback quickly, and hire employees.

Your Experts for this Course

Björn is a serial entrepreneur, who has founded 7 ventures to date. He worked at McKinsey for 2 years and owned his own website agency which recorded close to 7-figure revenues. He is now building a new form of school in Paraguay, which teaches people how to code – and most importantly – how to think like a coder.

Daniel has built over 20 websites to date, many for his own ventures. The EWOR website and education platform were also built by Daniel and Chris from the EWOR team. He’s an education enthusiast – which led him to start EWOR – and the epitome of a generalist.

About this Course

As an entrepreneur you want to engage with the outside world for many reasons. And a website is one of the best ways to do so. A website allows you to display content on phones and laptops, to interact with your customers or employees through embedding forms, and to integrate videos or podcasts, all of which is more difficult when using slide decks. You might want to gain insights from potential customers on whether they’d buy your product, sell your product or service, interact with potential employees, present your product for marketing purposes, or win subscribers for your newsletter.

In this course, you’ll learn how to code a website from scratch – and speed up your development by using HTML templates. This will entail learning to code HTML, CSS, and a bit of Javascript. You will also learn how to integrate all sorts of things, such as videos, typeforms, and newsletter tools. Lastly, we’ll teach you how to deploy your website for free!

Main Challenge

Your main challenge is to build a website. Host your website on Netlify and share it with your peers for feedback.

Vicarious Learning Track

Back in 2010, Baron and Henry wrote a paper in which they differentiated between two types of entrepreneurial learning:

Vicarious learning – the observation of others’ actions – so for example in entrepreneurship education this would be through the exposure of a large number of relevant and realistic examples.  

Experiential learning –  the direct experience and assimilation of information yielded by experience with an existing knowledge structure.

Both of them sound a bit fancy, but essentially the former is learning from other actions, while the latter is learning from one’s own actions. While the latter is always more powerful, one cannot have all the experiences necessary to know which behaviour is best. Thus, one should use vicarious learning to guide one’s own behaviour towards a certain direction or predefined action set. Only then should one begin to experiment. 

At EWOR, we have designed a ‘vicarious learning track’ together with experts in entrepreneurship education and entrepreneurial practitioners. This course will help you to breath, think and act like a serial entrepreneur. Over the next months, you’ll listen to at least three podcasts and founding stories per week. 

Start your journey here

Admission

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Onboarding

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Partner Company Allocation

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EWOR Networking

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Launch Spinoff

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Application

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Months 3-4: Experiencing Outliers

During the following week, we’ll switch from superficial stories to in-depth stories of serial entrepreneurs, inventors and businessmen. You’ll have two weeks each to read the below biographies. Make sure to discuss them with your peers and share how they inspired you to act in a certain way or change a way of thinking.

Application

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Launch Spinoff

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EWOR Networking

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Partner Company Allocation

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Sales / Persuasion

Welcoming Message

I’m Neal Boisvert, and the following resources you’re about to access has given me the power to connect with and persuade virtually anyone. I’ve used the following principles to successfully build relationships and sell into the C-Suite/VP’s of companies like Slack, AWS Redshift, NetApp, Box, Dropbox, Acquia, and many other Fortune 500 level companies.    

Your  Expert for this Course

Neal first applied these principles when he oversaw the finance & sponsorship team for the JDC West organizing committee, Canada’s largest business case competition. Together, the team raised more than $1 million in cash/in-kind sponsorships by using these principles. Neal also worked in business development at Klue, where he used these principles to craft cold outreach tactics – leading to deals with Slack, AWS, NetApp, Box, Dropbox, Acquia, and many other Fortune 500 level companies during his tenure.   

About this Course

The scope of this course is the fundamental persuasion and sales principles that form the frameworks used by trusted industry leaders and researchers. Why this course matters to you is simple – you need to persuade prospects to buy your solution, people to join your team, and investors to deploy capital in your venture among many other use cases. Persuasion skills are at the core of every successful entrepreneur, and the goal of this course is to curate all the resources you need to develop and apply the skill for yourself – whether you’re technical or non-technical!

Your Main Challenge

Your main challenge is to make your first sell.

2 – Ideation

Welcoming Message

Hi, I’m Alex “Mr. Design Thinking” Grots. I created this course to help you generate and select ideas quickly.

Your Expert for this Course

Alex Grots has been founding companies since decades. He is an active business angel and, most recently, the co-founder of ProGlove, an industrial engineering company that counts hundreds of employees and has raised over €50 million in capital.

He is the initiator of Impact Week, a non-profit program that promotes innovation and entrepreneurship in developing countries through design thinking.

Moreover, Alex has been the Managing Director of IDEO Europe. IDEO is the world’s most renowned design and product agency. The firm has invented the term ‘Design Thinking’ and has been responsible for e.g. designing the computer mouse.

About This Course

In this course, you’ll learn how to brainstorm properly, how to create an environment of productive brainstorming, and how to select your best ideas.

Your Main Challenge

Your main challenge will be to conduct a brainstorming exercise and to

Content Marketing

Welcoming Message

I am Miriam “Mrs. Marketing Queen” Janke. I created this course to turn you into content marketing machines.

Your Expert for this Course

Miriam has founded MAYVARY, a value focused content marketing agency that helps brands disrupt their industry. Having worked with Exchange AG, MEET GERMANY and GS Capital, Miriam’s clients reach from Berlin to Silicon Valley. She’s an expert on content marketing and gives workshops and lectures on the topic.

About this Course

In this course, you will learn how to use content marketing as a viable way to drive brand awareness, trust and loyalty. I will walk you through the basic concepts and tools that turn you into a content-generating marketing machine. Ultimately, you will understand what content marketing is all about, which channels and tools you should use and how you’re going to track your marketing efforts analytically.

4 – Prototyping

Welcoming Message

Hi, I’m Florian Huber. I’ve created this module based on what I have learned from being involved in prototyping hundreds of products and ideas over the past decade. I hope you find this helpful in your endeavours.

Your Expert for this Course

Florian works as a business design lead at PwC IXDS, one of Germany’s leading innovation studios. Previously, he built up and led the Academic Program for Entrepreneurship, the flagship entrepreneurship and design thinking education programme of the Munich University of Applied Sciences (MUAS). Florian received his PhD for his research looking into how entrepreneurial teams successfully utilize design thinking. He teaches courses on prototyping at the University of St. Gallen as well as on entrepreneurship and design thinking at the Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship in Munich.

About this Course

This course teaches you the three main components you need to understand when prototyping: Desirability, Viability, and Feasibility. You’ll learn how to develop prototypes quickly, how to avoid common mistakes, and how to test your prototypes. Lastly, I’ll share a couple of different prototyping techniques with you, such as ‘Wizard of Oz Prototyping’ and ‘the Fake Door’.

Your Main Challenge

Your main challenges in this course will be to identify the most critical assumptions in your current business ideas and translate these into prototypes and experiments to validate or disprove your assumptions.

Productivity Tools

Welcoming Message

Hi! I’m Julia and I’m a productivity geek.

Your Expert for this Course

Julia is an entrepreneur, passionate community builder, and musician. With her company Vyou, she helps to match people to the right work, teams, and environment by measuring behaviour and energy. Prior to this, Julia’s company Emplow was acquired. She has helped to build up the Kairos Europe Summit, an annual conference of the Kairos Society, where 250 of the best entrepreneurs and global leaders unite to focus on solving the world’s most pressing problems. Now, she is taking care of communications for the Kairos Society Europe. Most recently, she started building a hybrid impact investing holding company powered by a coalition of family offices, corporations, foundations, and government agencies to invest in and catalyse scalable solutions to the world’s toughest problems. Julia is also part of Voyagers, lead by David Rowan, where meaningful community is created by bringing together unusually interesting individuals from diverse backgrounds for curated activities in magical places. 

Music has played a big part in her life- ever since she is four years old, she has been playing the piano and composing music. In the past, she has won prizes in multiple regional and national piano competitions. Julia believes that music is a language that everybody can understand and one that brings people together in a way that words cannot describe.

About this Course

This course exists to introduce you to useful productivity tools in a blog-like fashion. Whether focusing on communications, project management or personal time management, this course will equip you with the tools necessary to succeed with your venture.

Your Main Challenge

Decide on using 5 of the tools described in this course and report your experiences below. Did your productivity change? Which ones were most productive and why?

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Networking and Social Capital

Welcoming Message

I am Daniel Dippold and I have used the science of networking to amongst others create the Kairos EU Summit which has been visited by Prime Ministers, billionaires and nobel prize laureates.

Your Expert for this Course

Daniel Dippold has learned about networking when overseeing the St. Gallen Symposium, where he led the South African chapter. He managed to get through to Finance Minister and Chairman of the International Monetary Funds Trevor Manuel, whom he was able to convince to come to Switzerland. Daniel has furthermore founded the Kairos Europe Summit, a conference that incentivises its participants to work on solutions that will prevail beyond the Summit. The event has been visited by Prime Ministers, billionaires and nobel prize laureates.

About this Course

This course addresses both research on networking and best practices observed from Kairos fellows, peers and myself. The goal is for you to understand the importance of networking, the mechanics of networking and best practices that can easily be copied by you. This course is short as networking is one of the most practical topics one can think of. It is easy to understand, but hard to apply.

Main Challenge

The main challenge in this course is to build a networking strategy and execution plan. Your strategy should at least address which mechanism you will use to develop more strong ties, weak ties and to network across structural holes. Your plan should be a set list of tasks, preferably divided over a period of days or weeks that can easily be executed as aligned with your strategy.

Teams and Culture

Welcoming Message

I am Daniel “Mr. Large Organisation” Marasch. I have led departments consisting of tens of thousands of people at Lidl International.

I am Daniel “Mr. Team Builder” Dippold. I created this course as the academic pendant to the virtual team building course!

Your Experts in this Course

Daniel M. has been member of the international board of Lidl (North and South Europe, USA) as well as CEO of Lidl Germany and Italy. Daniel oversaw a multi billion dollar budget at Lidl and managed teams on the ground as well as those consisting of top executives. He is furthermore chairman of the advisory board of Saggar – One Million Trees, Malta.

Daniel D. has grown the Kairos Society Europe into 120 full-time and part-time workers. He created teams for Unlimitix, EWOR, Emoti, NEWNOW and is skilled in staffing and managing big consulting projects quickly.

About this Course

This course was conceptualised to give you a broader picture on team dynamics, organisational structures, culture and values. Compared to ‘virtual team building’, this course is more academic and presents research on the aforementioned topics. After this course, you should be able to build a team, grow your team into a complex organisation, and manage the knowledge of this organisation in the best manner.

Your Main Challenge

Your main challenge is to conceptualise and execute on your team management plan. This should be able to answer the following questions (they will be put forward in more detail in the respective application tasks).

  • Will you need co-founders?
    • If so, how many?
    • If so, for what?
    • If so, where and how will you find them?
    • If so, how will you incentivise them?
    • If so, what will your framework for deciding on equity be?
    • If so, draft your first conditions of a vesting agreement. What form of vesting will you go for (e.g. time-based)? How long will the vesting period and the cliff be?
    • If not, why not?
  • How will you compose your teams?
    • How will you achieve diversity in your teams?
    • How will you attract diverse team members to your team?
    • Which mechanisms do you have in place to empathise with your team members?
  • How will you lead your team?
    • What are your processes and rules that cannot be altered?
    • What are your (weekly) interaction points with your team?
    • How do you create alignment?
    • How do you create psychological safety?

Virtual Teambuilding

Welcoming Message

I’m Daniel and I have built several remote teams both for external companies and my own ventures!

About the author

Daniel has grown the Kairos Society Europe into 120 full-time and part-time workers. He created teams for Unlimitix, EWOR, Emoti, NEWNOW and is skilled in staffing and managing big consulting projects quickly.

About this course

This course equips you with the knowledge necessary to build and manage your remote team. It talks about all things that are important to leading a virtual team, but scarce when it comes to academic research. The second course on this subject ‘Teams and Culture’ is just as practical, but backed by academic insights. This one is purely practical.

As a founder, you will have to convince people to join you for free initially and get your product to a stage at which it either generates enough revenue or receives enough funding to hire your first employees or freelancers. Bridging this gap is no mean feat and a key skill that many serial entrepreneurs have. This course equips you with the why, how and what of building remote/virtual teams.

Your main challenge

Your main challenge in this course is to build a virtual team of five people and create a positive virtual team spirit.


1 – Customer Discovery

Welcoming Message

Hi, I’m Alex “Mr. Design Thinking” Grots. I created this course to help you identify true customer needs before and after you build your products.

Your Expert for this Course

Alex Grots has been founding companies since decades. He is an active business angel and, most recently, the co-founder of ProGlove, an industrial engineering company that counts hundreds of employees and has raised over €50 million in capital.

He is the initiator of Impact Week, a non-profit program that promotes innovation and entrepreneurship in developing countries through design thinking.

Moreover, Alex has been the Managing Director of IDEO Europe. IDEO is the world’s most renowned design and product agency. The firm has invented the term ‘Design Thinking’ and has been responsible for e.g. designing the computer mouse.

About this Course

In this course, you’ll learn about the key methods of understanding customer needs. Understanding true customer needs is not easy. As you’ll learn in this course, customers will lie to you, give you their worthless opinions, and misguide you drastically. This course is about the art of deriving customers true needs from your conversations with them.

Your Main Challenge

Your main challenge will be to derive key customer insights and use the frameworks in this course to synthesise them properly.

3 – Early Validation

Welcoming Message

I am Alex “Mr. Design Thinking” Grots. I co-created this course as an adaption of my design thinking methods.

I am Daniel “Mr. Agile” Dippold. I co-created this course inspired by Eric Ries to promote lean thinking and validation techniques.

Your Experts for this Course

Alex Grots has been founding companies since decades. He is an active business angel and, most recently, the co-founder of ProGlove, an industrial engineering company that counts hundreds of employees and has raised over €50 million in capital.
He is the initiator of Impact Week, a non-profit program that promotes innovation and entrepreneurship in developing countries through design thinking.
Moreover, Alex has been the Managing Director of IDEO Europe. IDEO is the world’s most renowned design and product agency. The firm has invented the term ‘Design Thinking’ and has been responsible for e.g. designing the computer mouse.

Daniel had built three successful ventures before he turned 25. He’s convinced that his lean and agile methods of product and service validation were the key to achieving quick successes.

About the Course

This course is an integral part of the EWOR journey and is meant to equip you with lean validation techniques that ensure you have validated your idea before building your product. Prior to this course, you should have already synthesised a customer need and selected an idea that addresses it accordingly. While the first course was to validate the customer need itself, this course validates whether your idea is valid to address your customer need. Subsequently, you’ll have a chance to validate your prototypes in the following course: Prototyping. Before you even get to this step, try to get people to buy your product before you’ve even built it. The feedback you’ll get will be incredibly valuable.

Your Main Challenge

Your main challenge in this course is to validate your product idea before you even build it. Produce a website or any other kind of experience which will get your customers to reveal their interest in your product.

0 – Introduction

Welcoming Message

I am Daniel Dippold and I started EWOR to create a new way of challenge-driven education.

Your Expert for this Course

About this course

Dear EWOR fellow, congratulations for making it to the EWOR education program. During the next months, you will experience a new way of education; a practical, challenge-driven way based on the most recent findings in neurology, entrepreneurship and learning science as well as the opinions of business and education practitioners who have built education programs for decades.

The EWOR learning journey is unique, and it is important to us to lay down our learning principles and our conceptual, didactical thoughts. We do so because when facing challenges and difficulties throughout the program, having our principles in mind will guide you to the right decision.