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Applications Open for COVID-19 Business Pivot Challenge

Applications Open for COVID-19 Business Pivot Challenge

Deadline: 30 April 2020

This Challenge offers an open and collaborative space to develop solutions, post inspiration, gather feedback, and find partners. The OpenIDEO team will be in the Challenge to uncover opportunities to connect participants based upon their interests and needs. While the Challenge is currently a 3-week sprint, they believe this will be just the start.

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In the span of several months, COVID-19 has irrevocably transformed economies around the world, ushering in an era of “business as unusual.” To meet the urgent needs of communities and health systems, organizations of all types have had to rapidly shift their focus, redirecting their assets and capabilities to support the global response to the pandemic and fill in gaps. Distilleries and breweries have leveraged their supply chains and equipment to produce hand sanitizer.

In addition to meeting the immediate needs related to COVID-19, businesses and employees in many sectors are merely struggling to survive and stay afloat in the face of debilitating losses and cuts. Many business owners are innovating to continue services, and the resulting models and offers emerging from this time have the power to change communities and society for the better.

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IDEO wants to uncover additional opportunities for this creativity to emerge from businesses of all sizes to meet today’s most pressing needs, while planning for a future that they know will look very different from present.

Opportunity Areas

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Opportunity Area 1: Meeting Immediate Protective Demand
How might businesses leverage their existing assets, resources, channels, and partners to creatively supply critical resources to our community during this pandemic?
Opportunity Area 2: Meeting Immediate Needs for New Services ‍
How might businesses pivot to fill new demand for services that help to mitigate the challenges posed by social distancing?
Opportunity Area 3: Adapting Today in Service of a New Future
How might businesses adapt to play new roles and thrive in the post-COVID world?
Eligibility Criteria

COVID-19 is surfacing a spectrum of new needs for communities, patients and health workers around the world. At the same time, many sectors are struggling to stay afloat in an unprecedented time of economic uncertainty due to COVID-19 related restrictions. They invite participation from anyone to share inspiration and ideas, from business owners and leaders to employees within companies of all types and sizes.

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For more information, visit https://www.openideo.com/challenge-briefs/covid-19-business-pivot-challenge

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