GROWING
EUROPE

Boosting Migrant Entrepreneurship networks


Every Thursday in September!

Talks. Networking. Exchange.

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“Growing Europe. Boosting migrant entrepreneurship networks” is a series of online events on every Thursday in September 2020 and dedicated to current issues and future challenges of migrant entrepreneurship in Europe.

Topics of discussion include the importance of migrant entrepreneurship, its development in the last years, new trends, support tools for migrant entrepreneurs, integration processes, best practices and lessons learned, the point of view of EU institutions and actors working in the field, the impact of COVID19 on migrant businesses, and more … : the 3rd, the 10th, the 17th and the 24th of September!

Partners

The GROWING EUROPE conference is a collaborative effort of 3 EU-funded projects,
EMEN, M-UP and MAGNET, that have worked on topics of migrant entrepreneurship in the last three years.

Emen - Growing europe
Emen
EMEN is a European Project aims at supporting the creation, the improvement and the wider dissemination of support schemes for migrant entrepreneurs in order to help migrants to become self-employed and build a successful enterprise.
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Emen - Growing europe

EMEN is a European Project aims at supporting the creation, the improvement and the wider dissemination of support schemes for migrant entrepreneurs in order to help migrants to become self-employed and build a successful enterprise.

The project focuses on sharing approaches and lessons learnt across and between public administrations, business development support and financial organisations, social enterprises, non-profit organisations, educational institutions and other public and private organisations supporting migrant entrepreneurship at all levels: cities, regions and countries.

Based on the concept of a supportive ecosystem, the partnership brought together relevant players at European, national and regional levels to form transnational networks. These are conceived as being Communities of Practice (CoP), within which practitioners can share their knowledge and experience and learn from each other.  The CoP were focused on: coaching and mentoring, access to finance and Professionalisation & Diversity Management.

Website: http://emen-project.eu/

M-UP - Growing Europe
M-UP
M-UP is a Network for Migrant Entrepreneurs to Scale Up and Grow (M-UP) aims to improve and promote opportunities for migrant entrepreneurs. The newly created network brings together expert organisations from across Europe to help migrants…
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M-UP - Growing Europe

M-UP is a Network for Migrant Entrepreneurs to Scale Up and Grow (M-UP) aims to improve and promote opportunities for migrant entrepreneurs. The newly created network brings together expert organisations from across Europe to help migrants navigate the challenges of turning their existing microbusiness into a successful small to medium sized enterprise (SME) in  Europe. M-Up works collaboratively to create transnational, scalable solutions that tackle the problems head on. We use our findings to advocate for government policy changes and ultimately break down the barriers that prevent migrant entrepreneurs from creating successful businesses and improve communities and economies in their new countries.

Website: https://emen-up.eu/about-m-up/

Magnet - Growing Europe
Magnet
MAGNET is a transdisciplinary network for migrant entrepreneurship support. MAGNET aims to promote the creation, further development and broader dissemination of existing support schemes for migrant entrepreneurs in Europe.
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Magnet - Growing Europe

MAGNET is a transdisciplinary network for migrant entrepreneurship support. MAGNET aims to promote the creation, further development and broader dissemination of existing support schemes for migrant entrepreneurs in Europe. In order to achieve this, MAGNET connects migrant entrepreneurship support organisations amongst each other as well as with public and private actors, builds their capacity to deliver migrant entrepreneurship support programmes and fosters research-practice exchange. This involves in particular MAGNET’s ‘Migrant Entrepreneurship Academy’ (a train-the-trainer-programme for Migrant Entrepreneurship Support), an ‘Open Toolkit for Migrant Entrepreneurship Support’, networking events at regional and EU-level, and complementary research outputs.

Website: https://migrantacceleration.eu/

Conference programme

DAY 1

The importance of migrant entrepreneurs

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Migrant Entrepreneurship contribution to Europe

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COVID-19 impact on Migrant Entrepreneurship

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Speakers

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Monique Pariat

Key Note Speaker
Director General of DG Migration and Home Affairs
European Commission

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David Halabisky

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Economist
OECD (France)

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Ahmad Bayram

Speaker
https://ahmadsb.com/ (Germany)

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Zina Abboud

Speaker
Entrepreneur
Zina Kitchen

(The Netherlands)

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Daniela Bobeva

Speaker
VUSF (Bulgaria)

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Christina Kappaz

Moderator
Director of Strategic Projects
YBI (Colombia)

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Gianluca Pastorelli

Moderator
Executive President of Diesis
Diesis Network (Belgium)

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Matteo Matteini

Speaker
Project Manager
Comune di Milano (Italy)

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Robert Mutua

Speaker
Entrepreneur
Shofrica  (Germany)

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Adem Kumcu

Speaker
President
UNITEE  (Belgium)

DAY 2

Needs and support to migrant entrepreneurs

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Migrants know better what to do!

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Social Economy and migrant entrepreneurship

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Access to finance: what you don’t see, but is still there

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Coaching and mentoring

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Speakers

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Klaas Molenar

Speaker/Moderator
EMEN leader CoP 2 and National Coordinator for YMCB
THUAS (Netherlands)

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Yama Saraj

Speaker
Co-Founder
Finally VC (Germany/France)

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Fridah Ntarangwi

Speaker
Founder 
ZidiCircle

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Talita Holzer

Speaker
Founder
#GoingFar (Ireland)

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Luigi Martignetti

Moderator
Secretary General of REVES
REVES (Belgium)

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Gianluca Pastorelli

Speaker
Executive President of Diesis
Diesis Network (Belgium)

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Giuseppe Guerini

Speaker
President of CECOP
CECOP (Belgium)

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Vic Van Vuuren

Speaker
Director of ILO Enterprises Department
ILO

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John Mayford

Speaker
Director 
OLMEC

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Grzegorz Galusek

Moderator
Executive Director
Microfinance Centre (Poland)

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Mohamad Maz

Speaker
Entrepreneur

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Andrea Limone

Speaker
President PerMicro
PerMicro (Italy)

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Natasa Nikolic

Moderator
Partnership Manager
SINGA Deutschland (Germany)

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Janet Revocatus Buhanza

Speaker 
Consorzio La Valdocco (Italy)

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Roberta Tumiatti

Speaker 
Consorzio La Valdocco (Italy)

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Italia Perez Ojeda

Speaker
Interpreter
Univerbal (Belgium)

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Charlotte Poisson

Speaker
Project coordinator
Univerbal (Belgium)

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Dima Sharaf Adeen

Speaker
Entrepreneur
Norista (Germany)

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Julie Murat

Speaker
Founder
Bridges for Billions (Spain)

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Johannes Bruns

Speaker
Mentor
SINGA Deutschland (Germany)

DAY 3

Inclusive entrepreneurship

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Unleashing migrant entrepreneurship potential across Europe. Policy recommendations.

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The 51% - Making the present & future of Refugee Entrepreneurship support refugee-led

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Digitalisation: what role can new ICT tools and services play in supporting migrant entrepreneurs?

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Speakers

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Guillem Arís

Moderator
Autoccupaciò (Spain)

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Eleonora Lamio

Moderator
Project Manager
Diesis Network (Belgium)

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Theo Biddulph

Speaker
Project manager and coordinator of the NT4EU project
Simplon (France)

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Christian Richmond Nzi

Speaker
Founder of Mygrants
Mygrants (Italy)

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Wisam Elhamoui

Speaker
Founder of Mosaic Boards and Trained Trainer at TERN
Mosaic Boards (UK)

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Usman Khalid

Speaker
Founder of Haven Coffee and Trained Trainer at TERN
Haven Coffee (UK)

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Fatma Al-Baiti

Co-Moderator
Founder of Meet me at Fatma’s and Trained Trainer at TERN
Meet me at Fatma’s (UK)

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Fred Kastner

Co-Moderator
Founder
TERN (UK)

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Amr Sabbah

Speaker
Founder of Sangha and Trained Trainer at TERN
Sangha (UK)

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Ibrahim Ouassari

Speaker
Founder 
Molengeek (Belgium)

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David Halabisky

Speaker
Economist
OECD (France)

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Christina Fernandes

Speaker
Vice president for Policy & Research 
Global Entrepreneurship Network

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Oscar Verlinden

Speaker
Advocacy Manager 
European Microfinance Network

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Germán Bencci

Speaker
Co-Founder and CEO
CodeYourFuture (UK)

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Sander Sillavee

Speaker
Marketing & Partnerships Lead 
Startup Estonia (Estonia)

DAY 4

Future and potential of migrant entrepreneurship

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Collaboration in the era of recession, Coronavirus and instability

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Narratives on Migrant Entrepreneurship

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Entrepreneurship – a valid way to labour market integration for female migrants?

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Speakers

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Daniela Bobeva

Speaker
VUSF (Bulgaria)

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Gerald Steiner

Speaker
Dean of Faculty of Business & Globalisation, Professor of Organisation Communication and Innovation
Danube University Krems (Austria)

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Camille Soulier

Speaker
Coordination nationale Entrepreneuriat et Project Design
Singa (France)

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Laura Corrado

Speaker
Head of Unit at DG Home

European Commission (Belgium)

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Catherine Edwards

Speaker
Journalist from The Local
The Local (Sweden)

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Sali Ghannoum

Speaker
Entrepreneur
Dilbi Restaurant and cultural centre (Belgium)

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Sylvie Feindt

Moderator
Head of Production
KIZ (Germany)

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Maria Grazia Montella

Moderator
Project manager
Unitee (Belgium)

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Juan Francisco Alvarado Valenzuela

Speaker
Researcher
Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (The Netherlands)

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Rachida Bouganzir

Speaker
Owner of Baby Café Haricot Magique (Belgium)

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Patricia Martínez Sáez

Speaker
Project Manager
AEIDL (Belgium)

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Grzegorz Galusek

Speaker
Executive Director
Microfinance Centre (Poland)

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Patrick Hoffmann

Speaker
Programme Manager
The Human Safety Net @ Generali (Italy)

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Romina Vateva

Speaker
Policy Assistant
DG for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs – European Commission

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