HippoMeter®  

 

To measure and improve scaleup readiness 

 

 

HippoMeter®

To measure and improve scaleup readiness

 

To reliably measure scaleup readiness

HippoMeter equips a company’s key people themselves – those with the deepest knowledge of the business case – as responsible evaluators. It underscores the importance of evidence and how unsubstantiated claims will back-fire in Due Diligence and future investor relations.

HippoMeter is based on an award-winning concept and method. The algorithm normalises the definition, rating and scoring of the core strategic assets related to scaling up. Based on pilot cases from over 30 countries, HippoMeter works reliably across industries, technologies, business models and operating concepts.

 

To efficiently perform demanding evaluations

High-impact propositions are demanding to evaluate. HippoMeter enables all those with relevant knowledge to perform a comprehensive audit efficiently online. The HippoMeter algorithm converts the most relevant professional judgements on each business case into valuable new intel.

In terms of user experience, HippoMeter is a multiple-choice questionnaire which only requires 1-2 hours of private online time to complete. HippoMeter concretely saves several days of professionally facilitated workshop time – and efficiently generates actionable intel for improvements and concrete recommendations for actions.

 

HippoMeter spider graph

To tangibly rate scaleup readiness

HippoMeter rates a company for (i) overall score, which tangibly indicates its current investment readiness level, (ii) 7 thematic element scores, and (iii) 35 key strategic assets.

There are five levels of Hippo scores, from modest level 1 (0-19 points) to extremely promising level 5 (80-100 points). The five levels of Hippo scores are symbolised by a colour scheme of kin to traffic lights.

 

To proactively define resource needs

Founders are usually trained to pitch on how all they need is money. In Due Diligence, at latest, it becomes painfully evident to both Founders and Financiers that much more than just money is missing.

HippoMeter scorecard illustrates the status of 35 key strategic assets at one glance.

This enables to proactively address resource needs, make improvements, and provide evidence on key achievements. All to maximise and validate pre-money valuation. 

 

HippoMeter investment readiness tool
HippoMeter Team comparison

To discreetly improve team alignment

HippoMeter enables efficient learning from each other within a team. It allows for all relevant voices to be discreetly heard. Asking each key person for their independent judgement creates trust and strengthens the sense for shared parenthood.

HippoMeter provides everyone a learning journey on what all scaling up requires. It generates actionable intelligence which concretely enables team alignment on all key strategic topics. Each team’s Lead Respondent is the only person with rights to share team-sensitive and respondent-specific information.

 

To powerfully communicate results

HippoMeter generates 2 automated online reports: A strictly confidential Internal Report addressed to your team and a Financier Report with no team-sensitive or respondent-specific information, addressed to potentially interested investors. Both reports are highly visualised. Besides the tailored narratives, both reports contain score graphs, bar graphs, spider graphs, spaghetti graphs and heat maps. The Internal Report is sent only to your team’s Lead Respondent and the Financier Report also to your HippoMeter sponsor (if any).

 

It is possible to have up-to 10 key people respond and the reports generated within 2 hours from start to finish. Alternatively, users can choose to respond in several shorter sessions over a fixed 7-day response time.

The two reports enable powerful communication of scaleup readiness and resource needs separately to external and internal stakeholders.

 

HippoRadar investor tool

To reliably measure scaleup readiness

HippoMeter equips a company’s key people themselves – those with the deepest knowledge of the business case – as responsible evaluators. It underscores the importance of evidence and how unsubstantiated claims will back-fire in Due Diligence and future investor relations.

HippoMeter is based on an award-winning concept and method. The algorithm normalises the definition, rating and scoring of the core strategic assets related to scaling up. Based on pilot cases from over 30 countries, HippoMeter works reliably across industries, technologies, business models and operating concepts.

 

 

 

To efficiently evaluate demanding business cases

High-impact propositions are demanding to evaluate. HippoMeter enables all those with relevant knowledge to perform a comprehensive audit efficiently online. The HippoMeter algorithm converts the most relevant professional judgements on each business case into valuable new intel.

In terms of user experience, HippoMeter is a multiple-choice questionnaire which only requires 1-2 hours of private online time to complete. HippoMeter concretely saves several days of professionally facilitated workshop time – and efficiently generates actionable intel for improvements and concrete recommendations for actions.
HippoMeter spider graph

To tangibly rate scaleup readiness

HippoMeter rates a company for (i) overall score, which tangibly indicates its current investment readiness level, (ii) 7 thematic element scores, and (iii) 35 key strategic assets.

There are five levels of Hippo scores, from modest level 1 (0-19 points) to extremely promising level 5 (80-100 points). The five levels of Hippo scores are symbolised by a colour scheme of kin to traffic lights.

 

 

 

To proactively define resource needs

Founders are usually trained to pitch on how all they need is money. In Due Diligence, at latest, it becomes painfully evident to both Founders and Financiers that much more than just money is missing.

HippoMeter scorecard illustrates the status of 35 key strategic assets at one glance.

This enables to proactively address resource needs, make improvements, and provide evidence on key achievements. All to maximise and validate pre-money valuation.

HippoMeter investment readiness tool
HippoMeter Team comparison

To discreetly improve team alignment

HippoMeter enables efficient learning from each other within a team. It allows for all relevant voices to be discreetly heard. Asking each key person for their independent judgement creates trust and strengthens the sense for shared parenthood.

HippoMeter provides everyone a learning journey on what all scaling up requires. It generates actionable intelligence which concretely enables team alignment on all key strategic topics. Each team’s Lead Respondent is the only person with rights to share team-sensitive and respondent-specific information.

 

 

 

To powerfully communicate results

HippoMeter generates 2 automated online reports: A strictly confidential Internal Report addressed to your team and a Financier Report with no team-sensitive or respondent-specific information, addressed to potentially interested investors. Both reports are highly visualised. Besides the tailored narratives, both reports contain score graphs, bar graphs, spider graphs, spaghetti graphs and heat maps. The Internal Report is sent only to your team’s Lead Respondent and the Financier Report also to your HippoMeter sponsor (if any).

 

It is possible to have up-to 10 key people respond and the reports generated within 2 hours from start to finish. Alternatively, users can choose to respond in several shorter sessions over a fixed 7-day response time.

The two reports enable powerful communication of scaleup readiness and resource needs separately to external and internal stakeholders.

HippoRadar investor tool

The Underlying Framework

A journey from Opportunity to Ownership, and back

 

Our approach to the art and science of business creation, company evaluation and growth financing has its roots in deep discoveries by entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, and it draws from 20 years of action research, experiments, pilots, and pivots. HippoMeter is based on award-winning methods and concepts and rests on a progressive, scientifically rigorous, tested and proven business creation framework.

 

The HippoMeter framework gears around 7 core elements

 

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Opportunity

Deals with the problem, the nature and level of pain and demand, the size and growth of market, and the solution value being offered.

 

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Scalability

Deals with what is required by the market to satisfy demand, the technical & functional readiness of the solution, and overall technology advantage.

 

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Defensibility

Deals with what all can be done and what has been done to protect the solution and the related value chain.

 

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Capability

Deals with the managerial requirements and capacity of the organization to execute a demanding business creation operation.

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Profitability

Deals with the economics of the business case, resources at hand, revenue logic, earning power, financial projections, and funding needs.

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Market Entry

Deals with current vs. targeted market position and status of go-to-market measures to successfully reach market acceptance.

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Ownership

Deals with Who owns and Why owns, the mindset of controlling owners and who all should be engaged, and How, to seize the Opportunity.

 

HippoMeter enables to scale up faster

HippoMeter One is available for an individual team and HippoMeter Portfolio for accelerators, venture builders, investors, funding and support programs, and others with an interest to help up-to 100 teams to scale up faster.

 

“Today startups are judged by busy, ill-informed external experts. HippoMeter turns the game around, saves time, builds trust, and enables a fast track to DD.”

– Dr Marko Seppä, Co-Founder & Managing Partner of Global Enabler

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