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COVID-19 Startup Resources

Resources for entrepreneurs and small businesses affected by the current pandemic. Here is a current list of offerings to help in these uncertain times.


Alice COVID-19 Business Center
Updated daily, with real-world funding, resources, and support for small business owners adapting to the impacts of coronavirus.

Biocom Coronavirus Resource Center

Their members are working tirelessly and coming together during unprecedented times. They are providing this resource center to connect California’s life science industry to the latest information, guidance and updates regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Center for American Entrepreneurship (CAE) Policy Responses

City of San Diego Small Business Relief Fund

The City of San Diego has established a Small Business Relief Fund (SBRF) to provide grants and forgivable or low- to zero-interest-rate loans to eligible small businesses for working capital. The goal of the SBRF is to help businesses retain employees and sustain continuity of business operations impacted by federal, California, San Diego County and local emergency declarations regarding COVID-19. Approximately $6.1 million is available in the SBRF, which is being administered by the City of San Diego Economic Development Department.

Financial assistance, in the form of grants and loans, will range from $10,000 to $20,000 and will be allocated to eligible, qualified small businesses based on the availability of funds, program guidelines and the submission of all required information and supporting documentation.

Application forms can be found here.

Co.Starters Recovery Guide

Resources to help small businesses reimagine and rebuild. Overwhelmed by current events? Here’s a place to begin. We’re continuously curating resources to help small businesses regain their footing after disaster.

Coronavirus Information and Resources for VCs and Startups

NVCA is closely monitoring the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and is working diligently to address the VC industry’s needs and provide resources that aim to help firms and portfolio companies during this challenging time.

Their webpage provides important information and resources to venture-backed companies about the federal response to COVID-19, including tax credits, loan opportunities, and sick leave. NVCA will update this information as it becomes available.

COVID Research Grants 

COVID-19 Open Research Dataset (CORD-19)

A Free, Open Resource for the Global Research Community.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Allen Institute for AI has partnered with leading research groups to prepare and distribute the COVID-19 Open Research Dataset (CORD-19), a free resource of over 45,000 scholarly articles, including over 33,000 with full text, about COVID-19 and the coronavirus family of viruses for use by the global research community.

Disaster Loan Assistance

Federal disaster loans for businesses, private nonprofits, homeowners, and renters.

Downtown San Diego Partnership Updates & Resources

As the voice of Downtown, DSDP is happy to serve as a resource for visitors as they learn about the ways they can still enjoy our diverse neighborhoods, our members as they navigate best practices for their own organizations, and our residents/businesses as they continue to rely on the many services we provide.

Thei page will host the most up-to-date information on any adjustment to DSDP events and Clean & Safe services as it becomes available.

Federal Stimulus Calculator

More than 80% of American adults qualify for a stimulus payment
Whether you are employed full time or part time, a gig worker, unemployed, or retired, you may be eligible for a stimulus payment.

Get an estimate of how much money you may expect from your 2020 stimulus payment.

Fresh Brewed Tech Regional Support for Local Businesses & Workers

Government agencies and organizations have launched a myriad of relief and support efforts for businesses and their employees who have been impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. 

The Fresh Brewed Tech team has compiled a list of available local resources to help our ecosystem during this uncertain time.  

Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz)

Financial and technical assistance is are available throughout California for small businesses impacted by COVID-19. Click here for a list of free or discounted technology tools for small businesses.

Hiring in San Diego – #SDtogether

If you are searching for a gig, this resource list, compiled by Team StartupSDConnect, and EDC (the folks behind San Diego: Life. Changing) hopes to help connect job seekers with San Diego companies that are still hiring, as well advertising current positions.

“We’re in this together, San Diego, and we cannot wait to convene in person once again.”

San Diego Foundation COVID-19 Community Response Fund

The San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund will receive donations and make emergency grants to nonprofit organizations that have deep roots and strong experience supporting impacted communities, particularly those that are disproportionately affected by this global pandemic and its economic consequences.

Grant funding will focus on these critical areas: food security, other essential living expenses, emergent needs, rent and utility payment support, and interest-free loans for nonprofit organizations. The coalition is working in close collaboration with local government, health agencies, nonprofits, businesses and other community partners to identify regional needs and assess potential grant recipients.

San Diego Regional EDC Business Resource List

San Diego Regional EDC continues to aggregate resources that are available to help San Diego companies through the COVID-19 pandemic. Each program is linked to its source and our economic development team is ready to assist companies with challenges related to this crisis and the ensuing recovery.

UCOP Innovation & Entrepreneurship Startups & Technologies and Funding Resources

UCOP Innovation & Entrepreneurship is actively engaged in 1) identifying funding resources to support startups, 2) aggregating UC Startups and Technologies addressing COVID-19. Content is refreshed daily.