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The Lockdown Economy, an international non-profit social-economic and educational initiative started in May 2020 to help small businesses and self-employed professionals to overcome the challenges of the pandemic and reactivate the economy. The initiative is registered by the United Nations as an Acceleration Action for the Sustainable Development Goals.

We interview entrepreneurs around the world to see how the lockdown affected their business, their market and their future. Both in English and in local languages. It serves them as a forum to speak, a source of inspiration, role models and ideas on how to save business during the COVID, a way to connect with a wider community of entrepreneurs.

This content is already used as a real-time educational and research materials by universities. It connects students with the small business owners from the other side of the world and prepares them for the new economy.

This initiative is unique because we did not wait for anyone to fund us. We just started doing what we could. Right now it runs on the money two co-founders saved from their corporate jobs. All the work is done by us and volunteers, we don’t charge the beneficiary. We are actively looking for funding.

Think Tank AlterContacts supports the Sustainable Development Goals

"We need to act as a global community in order to come out of the crisis stronger, more resilient and sustainable. This means breaking down barriers, sharing best practices and inspiring big ideas.”

Kristin Schreiber, Director for SME Policy at the European Commission’s Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs

Watch all the interviews of the Lockdown Economy on our YouTube Channel or read them on our Medium Channel

It’s not just an interview...

The initiative facilitates social dialogue to face the pandemic together. At the core are the unique-format live interviews with micro- and small- business owners and self-employed professionals worldwide. In English and local languages. But it is not just an interview… For each story we gather our team of volunteers is preparing:

  • Livestream and interaction with the audience on Facebook

  • Video recording on Youtube

  • Time codes to navigate the content

  • Podcast on and five other platforms

  • Written version on Medium

  • Article with reflections on and The Helm

  • Translation in subtitles

  • Short video-extract with the main lessons for Academy

  • Promotion on our social media, incl. video-snippets for TikTok

  • Follow-up interview

  • Use on a university program

  • Connection to entrepreneurs and students

  • Documented contribution to the SDGs.

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About Organizers

Think Tank AlterContacts plays the role of integrator, finding the unique profiles of guests for interviews and reaching out to potential partners from various industries, sectors and countries. We are well situated to put together the interview series due to our wide network of experts and connections in the entrepreneurial and academic world. The head office is strategically positioned in the European Union that has a mandate of supporting small business. We are located in one of the best countries for modern entrepreneurship, the Netherlands, and one of the most well-known startup ecosystems, Amsterdam.


Joined MBA course

Support of the Local Interview Series in Yucatan

Producing Local Interviews in Nepal

Provides live-streaming technology for interviews

Lockdown Economy Pitch Deck.pdf


  • Launched on 24 May 2020

  • Registered by the United Nations as Acceleration Action for SDGs #36773

  • Over 40 micro and small businesses from 15 countries and 4 continents featured in video-interviews. Many with subtitles, translations and a written version. Available as podcasts at

  • Over 7K views of the interviews.

  • Over 18K people reached through our social channels.

  • Over 16 volunteers from 10 countries, women and men, young (20) and mature (53) with different educational backgrounds.

  • Launched local editions of the initiative in local languages in Mexico, Romania. Preparing for launch in Spain (Barcelona and Madrid), France, Germany, Nepal, Bangladesh, Kenya, India and Turkey.

  • 18 MBA students and 5 featured businesses participated in the pilot of the Lockdown Economy Academy with the Anahuac Mayab University (Mexico) from 31 July till 15 August

  • A series of mini video-classes for entrepreneurs (from interviews) started 25 July

  • Online course on Entrepreneurship during the lockdown and pandemic will be designed and published from Aug-Oct 2020


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