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Where can startups look for support during the COVID-19 crisis? BONUS: Free Courses and Tools


The rapidly spreading coronavirus COVID-19 epidemic affects every sphere of our lives. Undoubtedly, the most important and most severe effect it has on the health and life of people. However, in the long term, it is the global economy that will be particularly hard hit by this crisis.

It is a challenging time to run a business. Regardless of the size of a company, the owners must show great creativity to fight for their future. As we work mainly with startups, we know that this is a particularly unstable period for them. Launching a new product on the market is never easy, and in the face of a global epidemic, it may seem to be almost impossible. However, it’s still worth trying.

That’s why we share a crowdsourced list of initiatives that have been developed to help startups and companies affected by the restrictions introduced following the COVID-19 epidemic. Certainly, for many more months, the situation will be far from perfect, but we hope that thanks to these opportunities, you will be able to deal with it.

We divided the list into two main parts – global initiatives and those aimed at European companies.


Coronavirus crisis

Cooperation is the key to survive the crisis.




Coronavirus crisis - help for startups

Many initiatives have been created around the world to help startups survive the crisis.




  • Agoria FAQ – The site answers frequently asked questions about the coronavirus and government measures in Belgium.





  • Free sparring by Copenhagen Business Hub experts for companies experiencing financial difficulties.
  • Overview of all initiatives to support companies in these COVID-19 times, including a hotline to call.
  • Overview of help from the government to support startups, small companies and freelancers.
  • A survey from Danks Bank & The Hub – the goal is to understand the situation startups are in.





  • Corona Bot – Coronabot gives answers on the topics related to the virus based on data from official national and international institutions.
  • HackTheCrisis – Community to fight against the COVID-19 crisis by Accelerate Estonia








Frankfurt and Rhine/Main

  • Dealing with Corona – Article with best practices, legal information, information on financial support and much more.

North Rhine-Westphalia
















  • Economic Support Malta – Malta Enterprise supports local and foreign businesses in Malta in dealing with the impact of COVID-19 on businesses.



  • gov – Government measures to help businesses.
  • Cash is king – Free webinar in Dutch by Dutch financial keynote speaker Richard Take, hosted by Alex van Groningen.
  • Dutch Startups Association – letter to House of Representatives – The Board sent a letter to the House of Representatives, pointing out startups are at risk of being left out of the new emergency measure for job retention.
  • Dutch Tech ecosystem & COVID-19 – This survey and its analysis aim to identify the impact of COVID-19 on the Dutch startup ecosystem. Over 445 startup participants.
  • RVO – Overview of all the measurements by the Dutch government, also for entrepreneurs.
  • Techleap COVID-19 Startup Guide – On this page, you will find all the useful resources and contacts for your startup and your employees in the Netherlands while facing the main challenges identified in a survey done by Techleap.nl organization. This page will be continually updated by its team. You can also share relevant links with them: Giada@techleap.nl.
















Coronavirus crisis - help for startups

Follow latest news to stay up-to-date with information about the crisis.


BONUS: tools and courses


1Password free Business Plan

Adzooma fully free until June 1, 2020

Airtable Pro Plan free

Calendly Premium features for free

Cloudflare for Teams for small businesses

CTARe – 2 months free for website security and reduced prices for remote computer (PC & Mac) management

Dropbox Business – Free 3 Month Subscription

Free access to Atlassian cloud projects including Jira and Confluence

Freshworks unrestricted access

Hangouts Meet, free for up to 250 users per call and 100,000 viewers for livestream

Hootsuite free access to Professional tier

Microsoft Teams – Free 6 month subscription

Nimbus LTD on SaasMantra free access

Pandadoc free tier (eSign plan) gives unlimited everything

PitchGround gives away software to small companies to help them survive the COVID-19 crisis

SilFer Bots Messenger Marketing Chatbot building platform providing 6 months of their Pro Unlimited Plan

Workforce management tool Bundy free for up to 10 team members

Wrike Professional plan free for new users for 6 months

Zencastr Hobbyist Plan free

ZOHO’s Remotely free until July 1, 2020

ZOOM Unlimited meeting times and breakout rooms



Conversion Optimization course

Craig Campbell’s SEO course free (regular price is $800)

CXL Growth Marketing Minidegree

✓ Free Access to Premium Course Blogging for business by Ahrefs (playlist on YouTube)

✓ Free courses on Coursera

✓ Free courses on SEMRush

✓ Free courses on Udemy

✓ Link Research Tools SEO Certification

MOZ SEO courses are available for free with the code ‘wegotthis’:

Oberlo Dropshipping 101 course for free – the code ‘LEARNFROMHOME’

Schema Markup Boot Camp

Siege Media Content Marketing course

✓ Smart Passive Income Media (SPI Media) courses

Spocket SEO Courses

Traffic Research Bunker Edition

Yoast SEO training free


Coronavirus crisis - online courses

Make the most of the time in isolation by learning things online.


We hope that all these sources of information, articles, surveys and initiatives will prove to be helpful to your business. If you are aware of other activities that could help startups and small businesses cope with this crisis, let us know. We would be happy to add them to the list. And remember that in periods like this, the best way to survive is to cooperate. We keep our fingers crossed for you!


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  • edwin
    27 June 2020

    Great article.Thanks for your great information. The content are quite impressive. Thanks for putting together this rundown. I regularly tune into a writer’s circle Facebook group. Recently, another content writer mentioned a content optimization tool called INK Haven’t tried it out yet but looking at the INK for All download link the app looks like a one tool to rule them all that does almost everything. Has anyone worked with it yet?


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