The refugee community is one of the most marginalised in Europe.
Aspiration towards self-employment is almost twice as high as national averages, however, inadequate support prevents entrepreneurs from gaining access to the knowledge, networks and capital they need to develop their ideas, create their business assets and begin trading sustainably. This is particularly exaggerated for female founders from a refugee background who face additional, intersecting challenges.
We deliver a range of business support programmes and interventions that meet the needs of newcomer entrepreneurs at each stage of their business development.
The model consists of three pillars:
1. Employability: secures income for financial stability, reduces the level of risk to a potential future business venture, and provides hands-on experience in the local market.
2. Employment & entrepreneurship: Beneficiaries are assigned to career counsellors and decide on their next career steps/routes.
– job retention as employees
– Business Incubation with tailored training, mentoring, and networking opportunities
– 6month job retention before business incubation
3. Business Acceleration of in-risk existing newcomer businesses to tackle the challenges that SME owners face and provide them with the essential tools, including among others admin & legal support, and access to finance.