COVID-19 Resources for Entrepreneurs

Resource Lists and Guides

  • Bay Area COVID-19 Resource List
  • Bloc: Sign up and receive a free, customized Smart Career Guide with COVID-related job search tips
    • Amina Yamusah ‘13, Co-founder of Bloc
  • CO.LAB: Continually-updated resource page for business owners
    • Schedule Wayfinding Meeting
    • Live Office Hours program for subject matter expertise through virtual advising
    • Reach out to info@colab.co for questions about business support
  • Data.world: Covid-19 Data Resource Hub
  • EarnUp: Webpage with finance-related COVID resources and guidebooks (stimulus package benefits, small business, mortgage)
    • Matthew Cooper ‘05, Co-founder and CEO of EarnUp
  • Ellevest: FAQ for all money-related questions
  • Finhabits: Help center for applying to the Paycheck Protection Program
  • FiscalNote: List of resources that can help your small business overcome financial barriers during this crisis like private sector grants and loans
  • NEXT Insurance: Coronavirus insurance FAQs and resources for small businesses
  • Plastiq: Resource center for advice, help, and updates related to COVID-19, your small business, and optimizing cash flow
  • Pledgeling: How to Execute a Successful Text to Donate Fundraising Campaign guide
  • Smartasset: Coronavirus Stimulus and Relief Program Guide
    • Michael Carvin ‘04, CEO and Founder of Smartasset
  • Sesame: Tools and resources for easier access to healthcare
  • Socionado: List of Black & Latinx startup/tech professionals laid off due to COVID-19
    • Kofi Frimpong ‘11, Co-Founder of Socionado

Business Toolkits and Free Access to Products

  • Box: Free Business plan for secure file sharing and collaboration platform for 3 months
  • Breezy HR: Free video assessments and live video interviewing capabilities for all businesses for at least 60 days
  • Comcast: Free Xfinity Wifi and hotspots for all, including non-Xfinity subscribers
  • Digital Air Strike: Free budget review and 30 days free of video Logix video technology
  • Docusign: Free trial for Docusign for managing electronic agreements
  • Evernote: Free sign up and access to note taking app through Evernote Basic plan
  • Freshworks: Free and unrestricted use of customer engagement tools Freshchat and Freshcaller for small businesses with less than 50 employees for 6 months 
  • GoDaddy: Free version of Websites + Marketing, a website builder with built-in marketing tools to all for businesses to have an easy transition online
  • Lattice: Free HR Toolkit to stay productive during COVID-19
  • LogMeIn: Free access to LogMeIn products for 3 months through Emergency Remote Work Kits for nonprofits
  • Microsoft: Free six-month Office 365 E1 Trial, including Microsoft Teams
  • NewsGuard: Free anti-misinformation tool (browser extension) to help address the urgent COVID-19 “infodemic”
  • Nomad: Free Social Distancing Analytics demo and space consultation for business re-opening strategy
  • Numa: Free business messaging platform and virtual answering service for all businesses
  • Otter.ai: Free two-month access to Otter for Teams, which automatically transcribes meetings, distance learning classes, etc.
  • PandaDoc: Free eSign (eSignature solution) plan with unlimited uses
  • Perch: Free Engagement Marketing Learning Library
    • Trevor Sumner ‘98, CEO of Perch
  • Pixm: Free chrome extension for protection from online fraud like credit card fraud, identity theft, and phishing
    • Chris Cleveland ‘11, Founder of Pixm  
  • Pluto: Free trials of COVID-19 survey, analytics and confidential communication tools to get insights and plan for the future workplace
    • Erica Lee ‘06, COO of Pluto
  • RingCentral: Free video conferencing platform for nonprofits
  • Servicenow: Four free emergency response management apps available through September 30, 2020
    • Emergency Response Operations
    • Emergency Outreach
    • Emergency Self Report
    • Emergency Exposure Management
  • Shopify: Free 90-day trial for all new customers
  • Smartsheet: Free template set through Coronavirus preparedness dashboard 
  • Troops: Free 60-day trial of Troops Remote Work Performance Pack with the top 5 workflows to improve visibility and drive higher productivity and performance for remote teams with free set-up by Troops expert
    • Scott Britton ‘10, Co-founder of Troops
  • Yext: Free access to Yext Answers, which returns direct answers to users’ queries in your company website’s search results for 90 days
  • Zoho: Free Remotely apps for organizing online meetings, training sessions, project management, etc. until July 1

Free Services

Webinars  / Newsletters

  • Agolo: Covid-19 Economy news summaries
  • Humio: Webinars on log management, partner integrations, security, DevOps with industry experts

Well-being

  • Founder Support Fund: Microgrant fund (ranging from $250-$2,500) dedicated to supporting founders’ mental health and emotional well-being
  • Ginger: Free library of mental health strategy resources
  • Happy: Free Social Isolation Support Session
    • Jeremy Fischbach ’00, Co-founder of  Happy
  • Headspace: Free app for guided meditation 
  • The Local Voices Network: Virtual town hall meetings through Zoom to bring under-heard community voices, perspectives and stories to the center of a healthier public dialogue
    • Eugene Yi ‘08, Co-founder of Cortico

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Compiled by Jenny Wang '21

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