“The coming weeks and months will challenge national crisis planning and civil protection systems – and will certainly expose shortcomings in sanitation, housing and other factors that shape health outcomes.
Our response to this epidemic must encompass – and in fact, focus on – those whom society often neglects or relegates to a lesser status. Otherwise, it will fail.
The health of every person is linked to the health of the most marginalized members of the community. Preventing the spread of this virus requires outreach to all, and ensuring equitable access to treatment.”
–Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees,
The coronavirus outbreak is a test of our systems, values and humanity.
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Social entrepreneurs, the world needs you now more than ever.
As innovators who have dedicated yourselves to helping the world’s most vulnerable people and communities, your knowledge and passionate dedication to equitably and sustainably solving social challenges will be invaluable in this time of global vulnerability.
We know that entrepreneurs around the world are finding themselves up against new obstacles in the midst of the growing COVID-19 crisis. To support you, your businesses, and your critically important work we have curated a list of helpful online sources of information and resources for social ventures.
- The World Health Organization is collecting all their resources on the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak on this page including:
- Travel advice
- Access to research
- Suggested protective measures
- The latest news and updates
- The CDC offers a resource called Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers Plan, Prepare and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 covers:
- Recommended strategies for employers to use now
- Planning Considerations
- Recommendations for an Infectious Disease Outbreak Response Plan
- Y Combinator is offering fast-track funding applications for promising startups providing solutions for COVID-19 related challenges. Read more here.
- ActionAgainstCorona.org is a new initiative from Norrsken for startups, projects, or initiatives with solutions for challenges related to COVID-19.
- Connect with organizations working on solutions
- Apply for funding
- Access talent
- Open Road Alliance invests in social impact organizations experiencing “unexpected roadblocks during implementation.” Their investments are not screened based on sector or geographic focus, but your work must be at the mid-implementation stage to qualify.
- Fight The Virus Accelerator: accepting applications now til 3/27/20 for a virtual accelerator offering $50K investment and mentorship from successful founders. This is a new program from WeFunder for startups working to solve challenges related to the COVID-19 crisis. The online accelerator runs 4/7/20 – 6/21/20. Comes with the opportunity to raise an extra $1M on Wefunder with no fee. 0% equity fee. Looking for solutions that will save lives and improve social outcomes.
- The United States Small Business Association (SBA) announced in a press release titled SBA to Provide Disaster Assistance Loans for Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19) on March 12, 2020 that it will offer low-interest loans for up to $2 million for eligible small businesses and nonprofits in the United States that have sustained “substantial economic injury” due to the spread of the coronavirus. These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact.
- For small social ventures in the US, the $2 trillion stimulus package provides funding for a Paycheck Protection Program that will be overseen by the US Small Business Administration. This program will distribute $350 billion to qualifying small businesses (must have 500 or fewer employees) that can be partially forgiven if the companies meet certain requirements. For more information on the new government funding, read this Marketwatch article: Here’s what the historic $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package will do to help small businesses
- The World Economic Forum, with support from the World Health Organization, has created a COVID Action Platform.
- Because they believe that, “only coordinated action by business, combined with global, multi-stakeholder cooperation – at exceptional scale and speed – can potentially mitigate the risk and impact of this unprecedented crisis” they have created a global platform to convene the business community for collective action to protect people’s livelihoods and facilitate business continuity, and mobilize support for the COVID-19 response.”
- The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) has created a page on their website that details ANDE’s Response to COVID-19
- This page provides information on ANDE’s organizational plans and protocols and a list of helpful resources on COVID-19.
- SOCAP will be drawing upon our networks of impact investors, social entrepreneurs, and leaders in the impact space to offer ongoing information and support including entrepreneur focused virtual experiences. Details coming soon. Follow @SOCAPmarkets on Twitter, visit our Facebook page, or sign up for our email list to stay connected and receive updates.
- McKinsey has produced a COVID-19 Briefing Note that:
- Covers the current situation
- Presents possible future scenarios
- Suggestions actions that companies should consider taking now to protect employees, engage customers, stabilize supply chains, and
- Provides “leading indicator” dashboards for China, Middle East, Europe, The Americas, and South Asia
- From now through April 8th entrepreneurs can register for six months of free access to CASE Smart Impact Capital online toolkit from CASE at Duke. Register here before 4/8/20 and use the discount code COVID19.
- Video from Vusi Thembekwayo: How Coronavirus will affect your small business
- Thembekwayo shares five steps he thinks all small business owners should take immediately.
- The US Small Business Administration (SBA): Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), addresses:
- Common issues small business owners are facing with suggestions
- Potential solutions for challenges related to access to capital
- Exporting assistance
- Help with government contracting (especially for women-owned ventures and small businesses owned by socially and economically disadvantaged people or entities
- US Chamber of Commerce: 5 Resources to Help Your Small Business Survive the Coronavirus and Coronavirus Response Toolkit
- The UK organization Good Finance has released this resource: Social Investors Respond to COVID-19. They are also developing a hub for sharing information and resources to help social enterprises navigate the crisis.
- The UK Government is updating this resource: COVID-19: guidance for employees, employers and businesses about the novel coronavirus
- School for Social Entrepreneurs has put together this full resource for impact organizations in the UK Coronavirus: How social enterprises & charities can prepare
More to Come
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