Our Approach

Global Response

Generate resiliency-focused entrepreneurial resources

  • Generates a suite of learning resources, toolkits and content
  • Collates COVID-19 related resources and information from our global partners
  • Inspires by sharing stories of resiliency from across our global programs

Local Response

Engage and support local ecosystems

  • Aggregates local and regional COVID-19 related resources and information
  • Tailors ygap-generated learning resources and content for the local ecosystem
  • Highlights stories of resilience from our program alumni and from across the ecosystem

Run resiliency programs for alumni

  • 1:1 operational and strategic coaching calls
  • Community calls with alumni peers
  • Masterclasses and webinars
  • Brokered connections with ecosystem partners
  • Curated linkages to funding opportunities

Resiliency Content    |    Global Resources    |    Resiliency Stories

If you have any further questions about our COVID-19 response or our work, please contact our Head of Global Programs, Simon Lee at simon.lee@ygap.org.

ygap Resiliency Resources

Start-ups and small businesses are being hit hard by measures taken in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. In response, ygap has developed a suite of ygap Resiliency Resources to support entrepreneurs and their ventures through this challenging time.

Resiliency Toolkit

This toolkit outlines clear actions ventures can take to increase their resiliency in response to unexpected shocks, such as a pandemic.
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Pivoting your Business Toolkit

This toolkit guides you through exploring a pivot to your business in response to COVID-19 and provides three powerful case studies of ygap Alumni ventures who have successfully adapted their business model to these challenging times.
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Financial Survival Toolkit

This toolkit will help you understand the basis of cash flow management, develop a clear cash forecast, prepare for multiple scenarios and identify contingency measures to ensure your financial survival.
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Mental Health and Wellbeing Toolkit

This toolkit outlines the importance of investing in your own wellbeing and provides practical tips and exercises to help you be the best version of yourself in all the roles you play.
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Supporting your Team Through COVID-19 Toolkit

This toolkit explores how best to support and manage staff during COVID-19, including navigating tough decisions when it comes to your team and how to keep your employees safe, motivated and happy.
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Marketing and Communications Toolkit

This toolkit will guide you in adapting your marketing and communications strategy to maintain trust, increase loyalty and enhance your visibility during this difficult, sensitive time. It also includes examples from real businesses who are putting these practices in place.
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Global COVID-19 Resources

ANDE – COVID-19 Response & Resources

Resources relevant to the Small & Growing Business (SGB) sector. 


Endeavor – Entrepreneur Resource Center

Crisis Management Resources for entrepreneurs and their startups.


International Monetary Fund (IMF) – Policy Responses to COVID-19 Tracker

This policy tracker summarizes the key economic responses governments are taking to limit the human and economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. It includes 192 economies.


The Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship – Crisis Management Resources

Resources on business resilience and disaster recovery to help social enterprises navigate the significant challenges they are facing.


Next Billion – Coronavirus Resources for the Social Impact Sector

Information related to emerging opportunities, trends, events, and other developments to help impact-focused businesses and initiatives weather these challenging times.


Skoll – COVID-19 Resource

Resource hub containing resources focused on social entrepreneurship.


SOCAP – Supporting Social Entrepreneurs During COVID-19 

Information and resources for social ventures.


Village Capital – Resources for Entrepreneurs During COVID-19 

A hub of some of the most helpful  resources for entrepreneurs they’ve seen so far.


World Economic ForumCOVID Response Alliance

An alliance of over 40 leading global organizations to coordinate response for social entrepreneurs as they overcome the significant impacts of COVID-19.

Acumen, Open Road Alliance, and USAID – COVID-19 Impact Investing Response Survey

A map of available funding in the impact investing sector for social enterprises to manage disruptions caused by COVID-19.


CASE at Duke and World Economic Forum – Searchable Database for Entrepreneurs

A searchable website to help  entrepreneurs locate cash relief resources in their community. The database lists regional, national and global capital relief. 


Dagens Industri, Nordic Capital, and Noorsken – Action Against Corona Funding Platform

A platform providing capital and support to startups, projects, or initiatives working to help fight corona or mitigate its effects on people and society


Devex – COVID-19 Funding Dashboard

A funding database that explores where COVID-19 funding is going, who’s supplying the money, and what the funding is focusing on.


Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) – COVID-19 Response

Information related to funding available through their network of impact investors.


Open Road Alliance – Charitable Grants and Loans

Open Road is offering charitable grants for organizations responding directly to COVID-19. They are also offering four loan products to organizations affected by COVID-19: lost event revenue, accelerating incoming emergency funds, co-investment to support social enterprises and deep impact loans.


The Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship – Directory of Funding Resources

A live document that provides a list of funding opportunities as a result of COVID-19.


Village Capital and Sorenson Impact Foundation – COVID-19 Coalition

A coalition of active investors and an aggregated pipeline of innovative companies responding to COVID-19 challenges.

Founder Resiliency Stories

yher Africa alumni venture, Safe Motherhood Alliance, is diversifying its product offering from baby delivery kits to manufacturing face masks and distributing other essential medical supplies all in an effort to ensure healthy childbirths across Zambia.

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ygap Bangladesh alumni venture, WizKit, has repurposed its product development and research team to address the lack of basic medical equipment and protective gear available to Bangladesh’s medical and front line staff.

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yher Pacific Islands alumni venture, Mama’s Mushrooms, is continuing to support female mushroom farmers, despite cyclones and COVID-19, by developing a new product line to meet the demand of the Fiji produce market.

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ygap South Africa alumni, Motupa Enterprises, is pivoting from manufacturing cloth constructed slow-cookers to producing cloth face masks in light of COVID-19, positioning themselves as provider of an essential product.

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ygap Kenya alumni venture, Pick Up Mtaani, is establishing presence in new areas around Nairobi with their door-to-door delivery service for online business in response an increase in online shopping due to COVID-19.

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ygap Bangladesh alumni venture, Project Trishna, is providing relief packages including essentials such as rice, lentils, salt, cooking oil, potatoes and antiseptic soap for the most marginalised members in society.

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ygap First Gens alumni venture, Anika Legal, is stepping up to provide free online legal advice to Victorian tenants who are experiencing hardship due to COVID-19 and are in need of rent-reductions.

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ygap First Gens alumni venture, Halad to Health, has transitioned teaching online and started a COVID-19 Campaign for proceeds from their tuition services to go to frontline healthcare workers across the world.

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Additional Resources

Recognising that a crisis like this requires collaboration and solidarity, we’ve made our ygap Resiliency Resources open-source to ensure that it helps as many ventures as possible.

View the ygap Resiliency Toolkit Media Kit.

A database of how our Australian alumni ventures are adapting to the challenges of COVID-19. Check it out to learn how they’re showing resiliency and how you can support their cause.

Read more about our Resiliency in Action.

We surveyed alumni ventures to understand how COVID-19 has affected their businesses and how they’re working through these challenges to determine how we can best support them. 

Read more about our Alumni Survey Responses.