COVID-19 Response Incubator

The COVID-19 Response Incubator is a seven-week virtual incubator focused on addressing the various social/public health challenges that have emerged as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. The Incubator will focus on disruptive innovation, including identifying needs, developing and assessing feasibility of solutions, and launching and testing pilots. This program seeks to offer social entrepreneurs the chance to transform innovative ideas into reality through a combination of educational sessions and peer support.

Applications open: Monday, May 11  APPLY NOW
Application deadline: Wednesday, May 27
Meeting dates and times: Mondays + Thursdays 2-4 pm
Program start date: Monday, June 15 
Contact: Constance Ferber,

Workshops for this incubator include:

  • Introduction to Innovation
  • Emergency Responsiveness
  • Introduction to Design/User Research
  • Landscape Analysis
  • Introduction to Ideation
  • Value Proposition
  • Adaptive Strategy
  • Business Model Canvas
  • Financial Management
  • Operational Road Map

Incubator participants will meet twice a week via Zoom for 6 weeks, with graduation in week 7. After completion of the program, participants will continue to build community, provide peer support, and share developments through annual reunions, SEG events, and self-organized meetups. SEG will provide administrative support for continued engagement after program completion.

The ideal participant in SEG’s COVID-19 Response Incubator has:

  • Identified a specific problem and has an early stage idea (or a strong commitment to develop an idea) that directly addresses the impact COVID-19 has had on the community or that serves an emergent need.
  • Past experience in their particular subject matter, or demonstrated applicable skills.
  • The ability to commit time and energy to participate in the sessions, develop their project, and meet with advisors/coaches.
  • Access to remote learning capabilities.

Program schedule:

Week 1: Monday 6/15 + Thursday 6/18
Week 2: Monday 6/22 + Thursday 6/25
Week 3: Monday 6/29 + Thursday 7/2
Week 4: Monday 7/6 + Thursday 7/9
Week 5: Monday 7/13 + Thursday 7/16
Week 6: Monday 7/20 + Thursday 7/23
Week 7: Graduation on Thursday 7/30

Program cost:

Given the challenging times and SEG’s commitment to ensuring our services are accessible to everyone, we have altered our fee structure and are asking participants to pay only as much as they can afford toward the cost of this program (typically $200), with no minimum payment required. We are seeking great ideas. If you have an idea you would like to develop and are unable to pay, we will cover the costs.

For more information, please contact Constance Ferber at

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