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What are Small Business Hackathons?

In these one-on-one sessions you'll help small business owners tackle real-world immediate issues and produce a helpful deliverable. 

  • Time Commitment: 2 hours per session

  • With who: Meet one-on-one with a business owner 

  • Where: Online (We supply conferencing link and technical support.)

  • Session tools: We provide easy-to-use templates for the deliverables so there is minimal preparation needed.

Watch >Hear from volunteers and the small businesses that they have helped.

Scheduling now open

Seeking volunteers for all areas

Dates available now through September 2022

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Hackathon Volunteer Opportunities

Creating Financial Projections

Volunteers should have experience in financial modeling and be able to use Excel or Google Sheets. Professionals in banking/finance, accounting, financial analysis, underwriting, and consulting are ideal  candidates.

Deliverable: 36-month financial projections spreadsheet

Financial Graphs
Website Creation
Driving More Traffic to Your Website

Volunteers should have experience in marketing fundamentals related to increasing website traffic and user experience principals that will lead visitors to a clear call to action. Business professionals should understand best practices in getting found on the internet and leading site visitors through an experience that leads to a call to action. Understanding of SEO principles and strategies preferred, but not required. Professionals in website development and online marketing are ideal candidates.

Deliverable: Prioritized checklist of ways to improve the user experience on your website; Three strategies to drive visitors to a business website. 

Creating A Competitive Analysis Chart

Volunteers should have experience doing basic market research to analyze the competitive landscape and determine the key drivers of competitive advantage. Professionals in banking/finance, financial analysis, marketing/branding, and consulting are ideal candidates.


Deliverable: Chart of the primary competitors and key differentiators/competitive advantages

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Filming Self Using Mobile Phone

Volunteers should have experience in setting up and using social media especially Facebook, Instagram,
Twitter and LinkedIn. Business professionals should understand basic principles of content creation
including use of images, links, hashtags, and tagging as well as have a working knowledge of content
scheduling platforms. Professionals in social media marketing and heavy social media users are ideal

Deliverable: Deliverable: Setup up of at least one social media platform and/or development of social media post
templates (materials provided)

 Join the fight to save our small business community
and stimulate our economy using your professional skills.

Contact Amanda at 973-353-0611x126 or

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The Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership (IFEL), founded in 2002, is an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports economic development through entrepreneurship. We are experts in creating and implementing small business programming in support of larger economic development objectives. Our services and programs help ambitious “every day” entrepreneurs gain access to the knowledge, networks, and capital necessary to succeed in business.


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