Who is this guide for

When in need of a business model for your next startup or corporate venture, there are more than a couple of options to explore. To make your decision-making a little easier, we’ve analyzed 50 innovative revenue models and partnership ideas. 

Browse these business model examples to spot the ideas that are fit for your company’s needs, and let these use cases inspire you to start building your own business plan.

At Board of Innovation, we specialize in innovation and business design. If you feel you need help moving forward, you can dive deeper into how we do business model innovation or get in touch.

How to choose the right business model

In this deck, you will find a comprehensive guide through business models from different companies and industries.

This guide will help you understand how each business model works, the products or services they offer, and what makes it unique. These key insights will help you in the selection process of a business model that works best for you.

Business model inspiration

Have you ever wondered how some companies are profitable?

In this deck, we deep dive into business models used by companies in multiple industries. Using our Business Model Kit, we offer a visual overview of how each business profits from the model that drives it. .

Free (or nearly free) for the user:
Third party options:
Mixed business model:
Paid (direct sales business model):

Companies to learn from

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In the first slide of each business model example, you’ll find enough information to understand the inner workings of each company.
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In the second slide of each business model example, you’ll watch out Business Model Kit in action, seeing which elements play key roles in making each model work.

Grab is an on-demand ride service that has since expanded to everyday services like deliveries, financial services and more – making it a superapp. It charges a service fee of 20% ~ 30% for every transaction that goes through its platform.

Hubs charges clients for each industrial manufacturing job they begin through the platform. Prices are determined by a machine learning algorithm.

Patients Like Me offers a free health community service to its users. They make money by selling the data, generated by the community, to pharmaceutical companies.

WHOOP offers a wearable fitness gadget that gives personalized recommendations and feedback. WHOOP charges a monthly subscription fee to access the data on the platform, while the first device is free.

Digit is a financial service application that monitors financial behavior and automates its users’ savings. Digit receives a fixed monthly fee of $5 from its users. On top of that, it can leverage the funds it has under management for greater returns

Kiva is the first online non-profit lending platform for underserved populations.As a non-profit, Kiva doesn’t profit from loans received — lenders donate to Kiva to cover operating costs. The remainder of costs are covered through grants, supporters, and field partners.

Appear Here is the Airbnb of retail spaces — an online marketplace to list, find, and book short-term retail spaces. After the landlord sets a daily, weekly and monthly price, Appear Here takes commission between 12% - 15% on a completed transaction, while the space owners pay no listing fee.

Kaggle makes money in two ways: With Kaggle competition, they receive a “listening fee” for each competition posted on the platform. Also, they provide a service for matching companies to the top 0.5% of their community, which they call Kaggle Connect.

23andMe makes money with personal genetic tests, providing reports on lineage discovery & +240 health conditions. It’s believed that their DNA research studies & surveys will soon be an additional way of making money, with a mainly B2B focus instead of B2C.

Friendsurance works as a broker between Policy Holders and existing Insurance Partners. They’re letting customers share risks with friends, allowing them to lower prices due to reduced fraud & process costs, better risk pools, etc.

AliveCor makes money by selling ECG devices ($199) that fit on existing smartphones and via their AliveInsights Service – a professional analysis service that makes it easy to get expert insight on your ECG readings.

Glow sells “data insights” regarding conceiving to Research Institutions & gives exposure to trustworthy Infertility Treatment Clinics. The data is generated by users who use the Glow free fertility-tracking app.