An international network of entrepreneurship hubs
Enter to Transform aims to set up a supportive structure for recognized refugees with entrepreneurial experience and ambitions. It’s a transnational project in Ireland, Germany, France, and the Netherlands. In each country a physical and/or virtual Hub will be established, maintaining a border-crossing network of knowledge and opportunity for exchange.
Next to that, we work to increase the guidance capacity of existing initiatives already acting towards fostering entrepreneurship; both those with newcomers specifically as a target group, as the ones that act for a broader target group. We will support starting entrepreneurs through the phases of stand-up, start-up, and scale-up, with a focus on four sectors: health care, arts & artisanship, ICT services, and trade. The project is based on action research: during the first year, we will design and test various interventions in France, which will be rolled out and tested in other national contexts during the second year. Researchers and implementing organizations are Involved in the four countries, with Newest Art Organization and The World Makers Foundation in the Netherlands.
“The aim of the project is to create an inclusive, lasting entrepreneurship network and four new hubs in the respective countries. “
Foster thriving communities and create opportunity
The Hubs will function as door-openers to the existing entrepreneurial infrastructure. In this way, we will avoid creating parallel structures, and instead connect newcomers to the relevant resources. The Hubs will be physical and virtual meeting places for refugee-entrepreneurs and the supporting community: a space for encounters, for conversations that spark new ideas. Furthermore, the Hubs will offer support and mentoring on e.g. financing, business and market awareness, intercultural awareness, and collaboration.
Integration as a two-way process
While we focus on the development and growth of refugee entrepreneurs, we believe it’s crucial to address the root causes of the obstacles that are faced. We take a systemic approach, as such social problems are often intractable and embedded in networks of cause and effect. Systemic change is an intentional process designed to fundamentally alter the components and structures that cause the system to behave in a certain way. We believe integration is a two-way process, and this approach allows us to tackle these issues on two tracks.