On September 2nd, ICA hosted the virtual culmination for our first Resilience Lab Accelerator cohort.
Over the course of the event, attendees heard from cohort members on two panels, many of you joined our interactive expo “booths” featuring every Resilience Lab Accelerator company, and participated in a speed networking session, connecting with each other and cohort members.
If you did not get a chance to join us, you can can check out recordings of the panels and review the expo booths from the virtual event, below.
The Resilience Lab Accelerator, sponsored by Kaiser Permanente, was specifically created to catalyze the growth of companies serving their communities. It was designed to strengthen the long-term resilience of these businesses as they provide the goods and services that our communities need most. 24 entrepreneurs were selected to participate in six weeks of intensive business education with the goal of building more resilient businesses. In addition to the weekly virtual sessions, participants also had the option to get additional support through weekly office hours and peer circles.
The culmination was an opportunity for the 24 companies to showcase their businesses and make connections with potential capital providers, partners, and customers. It was also a chance for six companies to share their experience through by participating in two panel discussions, “Becoming a More Resilient Leader” and “COVID-19 Impacts & Implications for Small Businesses”.
Panel 1: Becoming a More Resilient Leader
Joel McGill, President and CEO, McWoods Distribution
Mano Babak Tondre, Co-Founder, DIG Cooperative
Tiffany Newhouse, CEO, Newhouse Project Consulting
Panel 2: COVID-19 Impacts & Implications for Small Businesses
Lou Ramondetta, President, Surplus Service
Julia Fry, CEO Puretergent
Jen McKay, President, Grace Street Catering
If you didn’t get a chance to join the Expo during the event, you can check out all of the Resilience Lab Accelerator companies by clicking on their logos below. When you do, you'll be able to read about the companies, check out their offerings, and get in touch with their founders.
The power of our work starts with you – our business support ecosystem. If you’d like to get involved with ICA, have questions for us, or want to get connected with any of the RLA companies just reach out.
Thank you to Kaiser Permanente for sponsoring this cohort of dynamic businesses and to our Resilience Lab Accelerator Culmination event sponsors: