YBI - Rapid Response and Recovery Programme

Funded By Google.org


The programme, led by Youth Business International (YBI) and funded by Google.org, Google's philanthropic arm, will support underserved micro, small and medium businesses to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. 

The Icehouse has been appointed as YBI’s delivery partner in New Zealand and has developed and is delivering an urgent package of support to local businesses challenged by the impact of Covid-19.


The global economy is suffering from an unprecedented shock as a result of COVID-19. With typically tight margins, small and medium sized businesses are more vulnerable to economic downturn. The current pandemic is having a particularly serious impact on business owners and entrepreneurs from underserved communities, including young people (aged 18-35 years), women, and refugees and other migrants. Many are struggling to get through the crisis and need support now.


“In times of uncertainty, as young owners of growing businesses, our mindset can often turn to panic and we can lose clarity and focus. Funding initiatives are the lifeline which empower us to refocus our attention on doing the things we need to do to successfully move forward,” says Georgia Meek, Owner of Babysitters Club, which provides world-class childcare services for families across New Zealand and received critical funding from RBP with the help of The Icehouse.


Founded on a vision of enabling a thriving New Zealand driven by entrepreneurs and business owners in 2001, The Icehouse provides knowledge, connections and investment to enable New Zealand’s small business and start-up founders to grow and contribute to New Zealand’s economic growth.


“We are excited to be part of YBI’s rapid response recovery programme funded by Google.org. Our values and vision are aligned – we’re pleased to partner with both global organisations to support New Zealand’s small business owners survive and thrive in the post-Covid world.” - Gavin Lennox, CEO, The Icehouse.


The global programme is led by YBI, an experienced network of enterprise support organisations. It will support over 200,000 small and medium business owners across 32 countries across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific to respond to and recover from the impact of COVID-19.


The Icehouse will be supporting this initiative through services such as new digital programmes and one-to-one coaching and advisory. 

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