“Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face”
And the fragility of a plan is not just true in the tough sport of boxing, it’s also true for business start-ups.
Business Plans Over-rated
For decades, traditional business start-up training courses and education programs have overrated the value of business plans as a means to help people think through and launch their new company. Acclaimed entrepreneur author Diana Kander argues in her TED presentation, that asking people to prepare a detailed plan ahead of company start-up fails to prepare people for what they are about to face. The realities of running a business typically confine plans, oft written in a vacuum, to bins.
But at the same time those same programs and courses have undervalued or more commonly missed the opportunity to give people appropriate learning tools; tools that allow people to practice running a business authentically, fail safely (and repeatedly) and as result test flawed assumptions ahead of starting out for real.
Back in 2002, the SimVenture team wanted to challenge the traditional training course status quo and allow people to learn about their flawed assumptions using a new, authentic, experiential learning resource. An initial investment of £250k seeded the development of SimVenture Classic (V1), an award winning business simulation allowing people to start and run a virtual company for up to 3 years.
Award winning business simulator
Since first launch in 2006, SimVenture Classic has been supplied to 40+ countries. The software is used by education, corporate and voluntary sector clients. Bridging the gap between theory and practice, SimVenture Classic challenges users to generate enquiries, sales and orders to build a successful company.
Working in monthly cycles, for up to 36 simulated months, users make decisions in all areas of their virtual computer manufacturing company and receive ongoing feedback to learn the consequences of their actions. Users manage 4 key business areas:
- Sales & Marketing
See the business game key features to learn about the product’s functionality or view the software (details below).
Get free SimVenture Classic software
To learn more about SimVenture Classic, download a demo copy of the software to discover how the startup simulation works.
Request free SimVenture Classic evaluation licence
Professional trainers, teachers and lecturers can also access a free trial evaluation copy of SimVenture Classic. Scroll to the foot of this page, complete the empty boxes and submit your request. Please note, the VSL team does not reply to evaluation requests sent from non organisation/academic email addresses. If you don’t possess an organisation/academic email address but believe you are entitled to a free evaluation copy, then please contact the Sales & Client Support team.
Request your free SimVenture Classic on-line demo
Free on-line screen-to-screen demos of the software are provided to professional trainers, teachers and lecturers. Typically on-line sessions last up to an hour and are run at a time to suit. Complete the form at the foot of the new page to request your own-line demo.
Learning solution breadth and depth
When using the award winning business simulator you’ll discover the depth and breadth of the learning solution and how little is left to chance in the simulated world. You’ll also discover how we have gone a few extra miles to incorporate a range of functions including: business advisor support, powerful assessment tools, a business planning section, a glossary of terms, a multi-functional notepad as well as real-world information to link SimVenture Classic with the realities of business life.
Since the small business simulation was first launched, we’ve continually added functionality in line with client demands. If there is anything you cannot find but would love to have within the learning solution, get in touch with the Learning and Development Team and let us know.
Latest Version Released
The latest version of SimVenture Classic has been released and is available for free upgrade (where applicable), purchase and use.