Enter – The HUB A’dam 

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.  

Enter: the HUB – Vision 

Currently, there are already many different resources available to aspiring entrepreneurs in the Netherlands; such as short- and long-term entrepreneurship training, incubators and accelerators. Yet newcomers with entrepreneurial aspirations often face additional or different challenges to those that have been in their home country longer. Information, networks and opportunities are usually not equally accessible. 

There is also entrepreneurship training focused on newcomers. However, circumstances often force support programs to focus on the survival of their own organisation, which leads us to compete for funding, and for clients. 

Our goal is to work towards a strong network that fosters knowledge exchange and collaboration, for the benefit of newcomers as well as for support programs.

Following a human-centred design method, the Hub takes shape in accordance with its members’ input. With the foundational principles: to be a place with open doors for those that wish to start a business. Where listening and learning goes both ways. Where individual needs are honoured and contribute to systems that benefit the people, not the other way around. 


Enter: the HUB – Values

We’re currently rolling out the following HUB activities. 

Signposting newcomers to existing programs

We want to strengthen the current landscape, by creating a tight network of relevant organisations, businesses and actors. This way we’ll be able to connect our members to existing initiatives that offer proven entrepreneurship training or can provide other stepping stones to the individual entrepreneurship journey. 

Workshops on creative and sustainable entrepreneurship

Additionally, the HUB offers complementary workshops, sessions & events. We strive to bring more innovative topics to the table, within creative, sustainable and climate conscious entrepreneurship. 

This curriculum will be rolled out during spring 2022 and be partially co-created with our members. The initial sessions with the first HUB members in February will offer valuable input to this.

Aside from being able to participate in the aforementioned HUB activities, our members will receive individual mentoring or business coaching. 

How will it work?

When joining the HUB, we’ll map the current needs individually relevant steps of the new member. They’ll be matched with a personal coach and, when relevant, join an existing training. Meanwhile, they’ll be able to join all the HUB community events and the supplementary workshops & sessions we’ll offer. 

In practice, this might mean that all HUB members follow their own path, yet still come together from time to time to exchange and learn collectively. 

Some examples of workshops & sessions you’ll find in the HUB calendar:

  • Business development
    • Market analysis incl. personas & journey maps
    • Business model canvas
    • Prototyping & testing
  • Arts & creative entrepreneurship in NL (/the region);
    • All about copyright
    • Setting prices & making quotations
    • Fundraising in the arts
    • Connecting to the creative landscape: art- & maker-spaces
  • Entrepreneurship in a changing world
    • Redefining profit
    • Social & sustainable entrepreneurship
    • Circular (Doughnut) economy
    • Connecting your business plans to the real world
    • Failure & resilience
    • The alternative curriculum vitae

Know more?

If this has gotten your interest, please continue reading what would be in it for you on this page.

Also, check out our calendar for upcoming events, or just join us right away!

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