Introducing Startup Mzansi Console - An online business planning tool for Startups, SMEs and Self-Starters

New product in the Startup Mzansi Digital Infrastructure

Startup Mzansi Console is a business planning application. 



It provides product planning, tasks, business model, swot analysis, notes, calendars, and many more. Users can use these features to create their systems for business planning, ideation, and strategy building.


Startup Mzansi Console will help execute ideas faster and more efficiently. It will help startups save time in researching business models and plans. Business model canvas is usually used by lean startups. They can just create different plans and compare which one performs better over time after getting feedback from the customers.


It helps to keep essential business documents and knowledgebase in the same place. In the absence of a niche system, it gets difficult to track all the necessary documents for a business on a daily basis.




*The Business Model Canvas (BMC)*


The Business Model Canvas (BMC) is a strategic management tool to quickly and easily define and communicate a business idea or concept. The standard framework for a business-model canvas was developed by Alexander Osterwalder and Yves Pigneur in their book Business Model Generation.


It is a one-page document that works through the fundamental elements of a business or product, structuring an idea in a coherent way. It allows people to get an understanding of your business and to go through the process of making connections between what your idea is and how to make it into a business. Therefore, this tool is very useful to quickly and easily define and communicate a business idea.


There are nine main building blocks in the business model canvas template:


1. Key Partners: The strategic relationships your business creates with other companies or people.


*2. Key Activities:* Activities or tasks that are integral to operating your company.


*3. Key Resources:* Assets that are required to operate and deliver your company’s value proposition.


*4. Value Proposition:* The fundamental need that your company is trying to fulfill for its customers. Why your company exists.


*5. Customer Relationships:* The type of interactions your company has with its customers and the level of support it gives.


*6. Channels:* Different methods that your company uses to deliver its products and value proposition to customers.


*7. Customer Segments:* The different groups of customers that your company interacts with.


*8. Cost Structure:* How a company spends money on operations. The key costs and level of cost focus for your company.


*9. Revenue Streams:* Your company’s sources of cash flows.


*Swot Analysis*


SWOT analysis also called the SWOT matrix, is a strategic planning technique used to help businesses identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats related to business competition or project planning. It is sometimes called situational assessment or situational analysis.


*Business Plan*


When you start setting up a business, the first thing you should consider is a business plan. You must need a proper business plan to have a business bank account. Even venture capitalists, angel investors, and bankers will ask for a Business Plan if you are looking for investment.


*Product/Project Plan*


StartupKit gives you a central hub to organize all your business planning work. When all information is in one place, executing ideas becomes far easier.


*Product/Project Plan Discussion*


Founders/ teams can discuss the product /project. It’s very helpful to know who thinks what so that everyone in the team stays on the same page and it saves huge time and energy




You can add tasks and assign tasks to other users across the same workspace.Tasks have both the table and kanban view. The status can be updated from the status dropdown button from the table. Besides, the status automatically updates when you move the tasks from one board to another


*PESTLE Analysis*


PESTLE Analysis is an extended model of PEST Analysis. A PESTLE analysis studies the key external factors (Political, Economic, Sociological, Technological, Legal, and Environmental) that influence an organization. It can be used in various scenarios and can guide business decision-makers in strategic decision-making.


PESTLE reflects the names of the six general environment segments as follows.


1. Political 





6. Environmental


*Porter’s Five Forces Model*


Porter’s Five Forces Model is a framework for analyzing a company’s competitive environment. The number and power of a company’s

1. competitive rivals, 

2. potential new market entrants, 


4. customers, and 

5. substitute products influence a company’s profitability.


*The McKinsey 7-S Model*


The McKinsey 7-S Model is a change framework based on a company’s organizational design.


The seven key elements of the McKinsey 7-S Model are:

1. Structure 

2. Strategy 

3. System 

4. Shared Values 






Startups need to study a lot regarding the current economics and market. Thus it’s great for them to take notes when they learn something. This note system will help your team learn together. If one team member creates a note, the other team member can learn from it.


This platform is part of Startup Mzansi Digital Infrastructure for Startups, SMEs Entrepreneurs and Self-starters. There's one subscription to get access to all this tools for only R75 per month or R900 per year. 


Other tools include *Startup Books* - an accounting and bookkeeping software, *SkillsApp* - an eLearning Environment for you to learn, *Fundraising Platform*, *StartupApp Digital Startup Community*, Compliance platform, marketing platform, website builder, etc.

Sandile Shabangu

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