We launched the program to assist minority-owned small businesses to get back to work safely and strategically in the wake of COVID-19
Our Goals for the Beyond Six Feet Apart Accelerator
Provide a structured, digitally-enabled planning process, supported by consulting teams, to respond safely and strategically to COVID-19.
Better understand the challenges small businesses and owners of color are facing at this time.
Develop impactful, responsive tools that can be deployed at scale throughout the small business support ecosystem
In the cohort, we guided 16 businesses across four sectors through our disciplined process
Businesses & University Teams
As businesses re-open, they need to both adapt the business to make it safe and pursue new opportunities
Our process includes four modules to deliver a complete and robust implementation and investment plan to make your business safe and capture lost demand
Beginning July 20th, we will help 30 businesses across multiple sectors to create an actionable plan to win in the new normal
Food & Beverage
*The cohort is not limited to the above showcased industries, we are open to receiving applications from different industries
The pilot program is safe, structured, and supported by experts and our Beyond Six-Feet-Apart database
Collaborative and safe environment for teams to work together
Clear start and finish dates with concrete deliverables
Supported by Experts
Consultants, industry experts, and bright MBA students
Business owners in each sector will work together to identify and develop Beyond Six-Feet-Apart strategies for their own business and sector, and brainstorm with sector-specific experts
Join a network of proactive, strategic business leaders of color, learning from and supporting each other, and making connections to benefit your business long-term
The Ideal Applicant
Looking to adapt their business model during this COVID-19 crisis
Committed to taking action to get back to business safely as soon as possible
Willing to build new ways of doing business in their sector by collaborating with others
Time and Commitment
Must be willing to invest 3-4 hours per week throughout the six week program
Willingness to learn from and share with others to contribute to the program
Available to collaborate with a consulting team and a mentor that will provide coaching and support
Safety plan with selection of Beyond Six-Feet-Apart solutions to get back-to-business safely
Strategic Plan to pivot the business with new opportunities and business models
A robust implementation/ investment plan with clear financial strategy & ROI
The hard work and dedication of multiple stakeholders create high-quality, actionable results for small business owners
"The student team helped me identify the safety precautions my customers want me to implement upon re-opening. I can now communicate these changes via social media to show customers safety is the top priority."
Elvis Styles, CEO
"Being an online business, we didn't think much about COVID-19. With our new product, we have to test it and interact with people. This program challenged us to rethink how to make our business safe for our customers."
Tiffany Fitz, Co-founder
"When COVID-19 closed my business, my employees were terrified to come back to work. The student team talked directly with my employees to create a re-opening plan that has now made them excited to return, meaning I can finally open my business again."
Nikia Londy, CEO
"By auditing the safety of my business, we decided it was too risky to re-open the dining section of my restaurant. Instead, we are growing our takeout services to capture lost demand by leveraging digital tools and DIY Pizza Kits."
Frank Carvalho, CEO
LISC Boston with the support of MGCC, partnered with IXL Center to create an innovative, digitally-enabled program to create a plan for a safe, strategic reopening.
IXL Center helps Fortune 1000 businesses, start-ups, and innovation executives build the capabilities to create innovation breakthroughs & drive sustainable high performance growth.
MGCC provides and supports inclusive business resources to organizations and empowers Small Business through financing and managerial assistance to create economic opportunities for all.
Apply now! Our next cohort begins July 20th with 30 companies
Please complete this form to apply for Beyond Six-Feet-Apart Accelerator
More about our Beyond Six-Feet-Apart approach
Beyond SFA Themes
Beyond Six-Feet-Apart solutions can be categorized as Touchless, Do-It-Yourself, Digital/ Virtual, Protective Barriers, Robotics, or Certified Clean. Grouping them as such allows key learnings and insights to be identified and applied across multiple industries.
The Beyond Six-Feet-Apart Strategies book is a compilation of stories in which tactics and business model innovations allow them to sustain and navigate successfully in these uncertain times and emerge as a winner. The tactics are beyond social distancing policies and include a blend of behavioral, cognitive, and network (BeCoN) solutions and capabilities.
GIM Institute Think Tank has also compiled some examples of solutions that Corporations, SMEs, Governments, and other institutions are adopting to manage during the crisis. Most importantly, they look beyond the crisis to "What is Next" and how these solutions will further evolve.