Discussing ‘Migrant entrepreneurship support and lifelong learning’ as part of the first day of the work, Anna Faustman from Danube University Krems said that entrepreneurship is a strategy for migrants to improve the labour market situation:

“We know that migrants have higher start up rates all over the world which is really important to remember. We see that the migration experience and the access to transnational networks is a drive for innovation and could be a drive for integration.”

Day two focused on post-start up support with a session on how to deal with failure, led by Paul Louis Iske, from the School of Business and Economics at the University of Maastricht and Founder of the Institute of Brilliant Failures, and working group sessions focusing on pre-start up tools including mentoring and effectuation.

Group session on Migrant Entrepreneurship Support in Practice

M-UP held its second workshop in September, entitled Migrant Entrepreneurship Support in Practice. Held in Amsterdam, the two-day workshop was jointly hosted by M-UP and fellow COSME project, MAGNET (Migrant Acceleration for Growth – Network for Entrepreneurship Training).

The workshop included a variety of speakers, working groups and activities; all bringing the opportunity to share perspectives, insights and experiences relating to migrant entrepreneurship.

Day one focused on the pre-start up stage with sessions including ‘Entrepreneurship in different contexts’, led by Aamir Rana, who has been part of the micro-entrepreneurship and micro-enterprise development movement in Pakistan, and parallel working groups on specific pre-start up tools including co-creating diverse entrepreneurial networks, entrepreneurship as a life skill and investing in new businesses.

Food being served by ‘Syrian Joy’, entrepreneur – Mohammed Nakawa

The value of networking and bringing people together from different cultures and communities was highlighted in the feedback from the event, with participants acknowledging the importance of learning from various viewpoints and seeing a strong commitment to solve problems from the view of someone outside Europe. One of the participants concluded:

 

“You need meetings like this to get connections off the ground”.

The M-UP team are glad to have received an enthusiastic and proactive group of attendees at the second M-UP event and we are pleased to be announce that our third workshop will follow in Sprint 2019, with all M-UP members being invited to atten­d. More information on this will be shared with Members in early 2019.

More pictures of the event Migrant Entrepreneurship Support in Practice

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This website is part of the project Network for Migrant Entrepreneurs to Scale Up and Grow — EMEN-UP (no. 764398) which has received funding from the European Union’s COSME Programme (2014-2020)

The Network for Migrant Entrepreneurs to Scale Up and Grow

This website is part of the project Network for Migrant Entrepreneurs to Scale Up and Grow — EMEN-UP (no. 764398) which has received funding from the European Union’s COSME Programme (2014-2020)

The Network for Migrant Entrepreneurs to Scale Up and Grow

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