Lockdown Economy

The Lockdown Economy initiative consists of 1) the interview series with entrepreneurs affected by the lockdown; and 2) the Academy which provides real-time education materials about entrepreneurship during the lockdown to students worldwide.
The interview series is prepared by the coordinator of the initiative on the side of the Think Tank AlterContacts, Julia Skupchenko. The interviews cover questions such as the nature and history of the business; the state of business before, during and after lockdown; key challenges brought about by the quarantine and social distancing; what did the business owner try to overcome them; what lessons did she or he take out from this experience; what is the way forward. It is a real source of inspiration for SMEs no matter what stage of business they are in. They learn from examples from around the world of what can be done. European Commission report on SMEs highlights the key role of entrepreneurial education and training that enhances business knowledge and skills in overcoming the pandemic.
The second part of the initiative is the Academy. The Lockdown Economy gives us unique educational materials and access to concrete cases which could be used along with Harvard, KPMG, McKinsey and other business cases. By integrating lessons from multiple countries on several continents, we provide a comprehensive overview of how one can proceed in entrepreneurship in the new world. Joined by our partner universities we are designing educational programs that are based on real case studies from the lockdown. We have the ambition to publish our online courses on EdX where millions of students worldwide will get access to them. We expect these materials to be distributed across various geographies, different levels of education and age groups.

Expected impact

The Lockdown Economy is a social-educational international initiative. It is a series of interviews where entrepreneurs from various parts of the world and occupations share how the lockdown has affected them and what their market looks like now. The objective is to give them a forum to speak, provide a source of inspiration to entrepreneurs, give access to role models, ideas, ways to adapt and how to overcome the crisis of COVID-19. It is a powerful resource of educational materials. It allows students to prepare for the new economy.



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In-kind contribution
5 experts of the Think Tank AlterContacts collaborating on the MBA course of the Anahuac Mayab University
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Four volunteers for promotion and translation
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One free one-year subscription to streaming services from StreamYard
Staff / Technical expertise
One university professor to help craft the course and run the pilot
Staff / Technical expertise
One university professor to help craft the course and run the second prototype
In-kind contribution
Over 10 volunteers for interviewing, marketing, and tech support
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Over 50 volunteers for interviewing and transcribing
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Participation of over 50 entrepreneurs in the Lockdown Economy interviews
Staff / Technical expertise
Two full-time staff for conducting interviews, post-production, reporting results, technical assistance, promotion
In-kind contribution
Various partners on cross-promotion
Basic information
Start: 01 June, 2020
Completion: 31 December, 2021
Think Tank AlterContacts (Civil society organization)
Think Tank AlterContacts, Anahuac Mayab University, Universidad Tecnológica del Poniente, Epoka University, BusinessGreenHouse.org, Corporación Universitaria del Caribe, Pontifical Bolivarian University (Columbia), "Dunarea de Jos" University of Galati (Romania), Erasmus University Rotterdam, EADA Business School, Sustainability and Resilience Institute New Zealand, MenuMe Restaurant Guide, and partners
Initiative focused on COVID-19 pandemic response, prevention and recovery efforts
Geographical coverage
Asia and Pacific
Latin America and the Caribbean
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficiaries
Entrepreneurs, SMEs and students of business studies
Contact information
Julia Skupchenko, Founder, julia@altercontacts.org, +31623345472
Amsterdam, the Netherlands
United Nations