Learn how you can lead your startup through crises

  • Face the facts for your startup

    Winter is coming, but few startups have realized it yet. This course helps you face the facts to guide you in the coming weeks and months.

  • Build your survival strategy

    The strategy you had last week, forget about it. What you need now is a brand new strategy for survival. We designed the Startup Survivability Canvas to help you craft a strategy that is fit for a very different future.

  • Become a ‘wartime CEO’

    Your leadership will be tested. Are you up for it? By the end of this program you should have a clear and focussed action plan – and understand how you can take on the mindset of a ‘wartime CEO’.

Course curriculum

  • 1


    • Welcome & Introductions: What We'll Cover in this Course

    • How to Complete this Course

    • 3 Questions Before We Begin

    • Download: Startup Survivability Canvas

  • 2

    Part 1: Winter is Coming

    • Introduction

    • Key Takeaways

    • Winter is Coming

    • 3 Questions

    • Mini Assignment 1

  • 3

    Part 2: Survival

    • Introduction

    • Key Takeaways

    • How to Survive: Startup Survivability Canvas

    • 3 Questions

    • Startup Survivability Canvas in the Miro App

    • Case: Airbnb

    • Mini Assignment 2: Startup Survivability Canvas

  • 4

    Part 3: Wartime CEO

    • Introduction

    • Key Takeaways

    • Wartime CEO

    • 3 Questions

    • Help Your Fellow Startups

Who is this for?

The FREE online program is for startup leaders, ecosystem builders and anyone trying to lead startups and startup ecosystems through the COVID-19 crisis. 

This online program is designed for startups, scaleups, founders and boards of any early-stage company.

Equally important, this program is also designed for accelerators, incubators, innovation clusters, national innovation agencies, banks (at least, the startup friendly banks out there) and anyone supporting early-stage startups and young growth companies. 

The program is also highly relevant for investors of all types, from angel clubs, super angels, VC firms and family offices. 

Get to work immediately

Startup survival in times of crisis– together with the brand new tool Startup Survivability Canvas - is designed to help you make the tough choices and put together a strategy that can help you improve the odds of your startup’s survival.

This is not a guarantee. There is coming to be a massive amount of dead startups in the coming months. But we want to help – as much as we can – improve the odds you have for your survival.

This is a short, action-based course. Not to help you learn, but to help you do.

Why we created this course

Since mid-February we have watched the COVID19 situation draw closer and closer. With partners and team members in Asia and Northern Italy, we have increasingly witnessed COVID19 pulling closer and closer.

Over the past three weeks we have been speaking with investors, startups, innovation agencies, clusters, accelerators and more startups. In simple terms, nobody really ‘got it’ until this week, mid-March.

Even this very week, I was still talking to startups in the US, Norway, Columbia, Germany, Brazil and Belgium that still didn’t really get it.

When our friends at Katapult Impact Accelerator reached out and invited us to host a webinar for their startup cohort, it gave us a chance to reflect on ‘what is needed – right now’.

This FREE online program is based on the talks over the past three weeks and the many conversations we have had with investors, startups, board members, innovation agency leaders and accelerator staff.

Our purpose with this FREE online program is to help you, your startup and your startup portfolio increase their odds of survival.

We have developed a short mini-course, with a strong call to action. This is an action course. It is a strategy course. Not a learning course.

We hope this course can help you and your ecosystem beat the odds and beat the freakin’ situation we are in.

Let’s up your startup survivability odds!

Program Director

Christian Rangen

Christian Rangen is a strategy advisor to companies, governments, innovation clusters and accelerators around the world.

He works with national governments to build better entreprenurship ecosystems. He advices VCs, family offices and accelerators on investment strategies and helps support their portfolio development. He is also an active angel investor, having previously built and lead multiple accelerator programs from venture building to corporate.

Christian is also faculty at several business schools where he is teaching entreprenurship, strategy, venture capital and entrepreneurial finance

Course Reviews

4 star rating

The super perfect course for all startups around the world.

Arthit Thongkhum

The course is practical, comprehensive and fruitful for changing your mindset and action to stay relevant in the disruptive world.

The course is practical, comprehensive and fruitful for changing your mindset and action to stay relevant in the disruptive world.

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