What SEG Is Doing in Response to COVID-19

As a result of COVID-19, businesses have been disrupted overnight. In response, SEG is launching a slate of new programs and services that offer practical, constructive guidance in order to best support social enterprises and our community’s ability to adapt and succeed.

Adaptive Strategy & Innovation Support

We have launched a new group consulting service (similar to SEG’s traditional Huddle) that provides entrepreneurs and business owners with an opportunity to discuss their challenges and explore new ways of doing business during this time. Applicants will be matched to volunteers in our network who have a particular expertise in strategy and who fit the applicant’s needs. To apply, please complete this form.

› COVID-19 Response Virtual 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 
  • Application deadline: Wednesday, May 27
  • Meeting dates and times: Mondays + Thursdays 2-4 pm
  • Program start date: Monday, June 15 
  • Contact: Constance Ferber, cfeber@segreenhouse.org

For more details and a link to the application, please see our COVID-19 Response Incubator page

› Virtual Incubator

We are offering a new Virtual Incubator to help motivated entrepreneurs turn their ideas into action. This Incubator is for anyone who has an idea for launching a business or nonprofit that will help themselves, their family, and their community. This program is an opportunity for entrepreneurs to develop a strategy for supplementing their income and for people who have always wanted to explore the viability of starting their own business.

The program provides the same rich content as our traditional Incubator, including workshops on:

  • Running a Successful Business/Venture
  • Defining Your Value in the Marketplace
  • Business Planning
  • Logic Model
  • Branding/Marketing
  • Accounting
  • Personal Finance
  • Startup Finance
  • Legal and Entity Formation

Incubator participants will meet twice a week via Zoom for 5 weeks. 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.

Applications open: Friday April 10 – APPLY NOW
Meeting dates and times: Mondays + Thursdays 2-4 pm
Program start date: Monday May 4

› Resource Aggregation & Advice

We are compiling resources available to entrepreneurs and businesses and providing one-on-one advice from SEG staff on navigating government services (such as SBA Emergency Loans). We have also formed a Latino COVID Response Team in collaboration with the RI Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to help Spanish-speaking business owners navigate SBA resources.

› COVID-19 Resources – Online Office Hours with SEG Staff

A team of SEG staff members is available to provide social entrepreneurs with advice about accessing financial resources and support and other services that can help them and their businesses during this time of crisis. We offer online office hours via Zoom every other week on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m., beginning on April 13. Participants can join a group conversation or have their questions answered in a breakout room. Staff members on the call include:

  • Jessica Vega, Pawtucket/Central Falls program director 
  • Juan Carlos Payero, Newport program director
  • Maria Jose Guevara, financial officer
  • Meg Wirth, Health & Wellness Initiative director
  • Stefanie Engelhardt, regional program manager
› Events

Our new weekly online video series, Innovation as an Antidote: RI’s Impact Entrepreneurs Respond to COVID-19, organized in partnership with District Hall Providence and offered each Wednesday at 12:00 PM, features entrepreneurs who are innovating in response to the crisis. See information about upcoming speakers and videos of past speakers.  

› Social Impact Community Updates

We are sharing news and updates from social entrepreneurs who are responding quickly and developing innovative ways to deliver their products and services to help people get through the crisis.

› New Volunteer Opportunities

We are actively recruiting skills-based volunteers to assist with our new initiatives. Learn about our new volunteer opportunities.

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