Enter to Transform - Transformational Entrepreneurship Hubs for
Recognized Refugee Re-starters

Project Summary

To sustain growth & innovation in NWE, we need enterprises in general incl. recognised refugees' (RR) starting enterprises. The project helps raising the numbers of RR starting in NWE by increasing entrepreneurship capacity of RR and the capacity of institutions dealing with RR. Target group are the 67% of 271.630 RR in NL, DE, IR and FR (Eurostat, 2017) who have a business background and the experience to restart.

The project offers a social innovation addressing RR re-starters to become ready for business creation. RR with business experiences in their home country have a huge potential to restart but need specific mentoring to adopt to the NWE economy. The project develops a supportive environment of hubs, which function through mentoring as “door opener” for RR re-starters to enter existing entrepreneurial infrastructure. By door opening the project avoids parallel structures, but introduces RRs to how, by whom and where to get the tools they need to restart. 

The RR re-starters in NWE will be supported along the business phases stand-up, start-up and scaling and  distinct from existing initiatives, with a focus on 4 sectors: health (especially care), crafts and design, services (e.g. ICT, food services and events), trade (sales representatives). These sectors reported recruitment bottlenecks (Cedefop, 2018). Different to other approaches, the project supports the RR restarters through a co-creative approach incl. a two-way integration path, and an opportunity-driven focus on entrepreneurship rather than necessity-based start-ups. Based on a transnational framework, each partner region will foster SI by a hub roll-out based on a transnational designed pilot hub. Outputs: Increased entrepreneurial capacity of 400 RR (proven by portfolio), 250 RR restarters with a business plan, 150 actually started (registered as business) of which 25 created self-employment, 4 new hubs in NWE, an inclusive, lasting entrepreneurship network, 4 multilingual transnationally developed podcasts.

Project Partners

Name Contact Name Email Country
University of Twente Frans Coenen f.h.j.m.coenen@utwente.nl Netherlands
Newest Art Organization Geke Oosterhof geke@newestart.org Netherlands
Letterkenny Institute of Technology Pádraig Gallagher Padraig.gallagher@lyit.ie Ireland
Institute for Work and Technology, Westphalian University Gelsenkirchen Alexandra David david@iat.eu Germany
GROUPE SOS Pulse Kelly Robin kelly.robin@groupe-sos.org France
Machbarschaft Borsig11 e.V. Volker Pohlüke info@borsig11.de Germany
The World Makers Foundation Ann Cassano info@theworldmakers.org Netherlands
Carlow Institute of Technology Brian Oglive Brian.Oglive@itcarlow.ie Ireland
Train of Hope Dortmund e.V. Fatma Karacakurtoglu fatma@trainofhope-do.de Germany
Institut für Kirche und Gesellschaft der Evangelischen Kirche von Westfalen Jürgen Born juergen.born@kircheundgesellschaft.de Germany
La Ruche Developpement Sina Josheni sina@la-ruche.net France
Forschungsinstitut für innovative Arbeitsgestaltung und Prävention (FIAP e.V.) Silke Steinberg office@fiap-ev.de Germany

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