Vancouver’s Spring Activator has launched an online Business Resilience Program designed to help small businesses and entrepreneurs recover from the impact of COVID-19 by helping them evaluate their current business, create a plan to survive, and take necessary action to thrive once again.

Spring is a global incubator and accelerator that empowers entrepreneurs and entrepreneur ecosystem organizations.

“As the COVID-19 pandemic hit, it quickly became paramount that entrepreneurs and businesses needed guidance to survive, and more importantly support as they prepared to emerge from these challenging times,” said Keith Ippel, Spring Activator Founder.

“Our Business Resilience Program goes beyond the short-term monetary relief offered, and is designed to scale provincially, nationally, and globally, to provide the crucial framework necessary for increasing levels of tailored support needed to overcome this, and future crises.”

The Business Resilience Program was created by experts in strategic growth and entrepreneurship roles, allowing partners (donors, funders, incubators, accelerators, credit unions, and government institutions) to opt-in and provide their business communities access to the educational content for six months to one year.

The program, free for registrants, allows users to work through four online self-paced video modules and 18 sub-topics, with bonus materials including training from subject matter experts and industry-specific strategies.

The program format is ‘à la carte’, allowing users to go at their own pace and select the most appropriate content for their current needs – businesses can also access an online community platform of curated resources, local entrepreneurs, as well as Economic Development and partner members.

The program has launched with the support of Discovery Foundation and six partners across the province who will offer the initiative in their communities, including City of Campbell River, City of Richmond’s Economic Development Office, The Sunshine Coast Credit Union, District of Squamish, The City of Powell River, and Vancity.