Day 2 – Needs and support to migrant entrepreneurs

  • 10th September – 2:30 – 3:30p.m (CEST)

Migrants know better what to do!

Detail:

The idea of this panel is to focus on migrant-led support programs for migrant entrepreneurs. This will allow us also discuss the needs of migrant entrepreneurs and innovative solutions proposed by other migrant entrepreneurs themselves to support them.

You will have the chance to listen to the direct experience of several migrant entrepreneurs!

Agenda:

  • Fridah Ntarangwi, founder of ZidiCircle
  • Yama Saraj, co-founder of Finally VC
  • Talita Holzer, founder of #GoingFar
  • Beşir Mahini, Secretary General of TAYIAD

Introduced and moderated by Klaas Molenaar, Em. Professor of Financial Inclusion and New Entrepreneurship at The Hague University of Applied Sciences, founder and director of Timpoc Consultants.

  • 10th September – 3:40 – 4:40p.m (CEST)

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

Detail:

The financing needs of migrant entrepreneurs are more diversified than we tend to think. This session will help the audience to go beyond a picture of destitute migrants, in order to notice non-EU entrepreneurs, who leave their countries with a plan and preparation, who arrive with a specific asset base and diverse capital types.
The session will discuss if microfinance is the only remedy for their needs and what are the possible alternatives to provide access to finance. It will also map the necessary actions to better understand, absorb and empower the entrepreneurial migrants.

Agenda:

  • Klaas Molenaar, THUAS, EMEN leader CoP 2 and National Coordinator for YMCB
  • Mohamad Maz, Entrepreneur
  • Yama Saraj, Venture Fellow of IncludedVC
  • Andrea Limone, President PerMicro

Introduced and moderated by Grzegorz Galusek, Executive Director of  Microfinance Centre

  • 10th September – 3:40 – 4:40p.m (CEST)

Coaching and mentoring

Detail:

Whether as a team or as an individual, embarking on an entrepreneurial journey can be a rather lonely pursuit. The stakes are huge and the full responsibility lays solely in the hands of the founder(s). Having a devoted, qualified mentor who follows the progress and provides feedback in a process is therefore profoundly important. While mentor-mentee relationship depends mostly on the interpersonal fit, there are several factors to consider in mentorship/coaching matching, such as expertise, desired experience, backgrounds etc. to ensure the optimal collaboration. The session will discuss which aspects to pay attention to, reflect on challenges and limitations, present a case-study of a fellow organisation and host a successful mentor-mentee match that resulted in a founded company.

Agenda:

Introduced and moderated by Natasa Nikolic, Partnership Manager  SINGA Deutschland

  • 10th September – 3:40 – 4:40p.m (CEST)

Social Economy and migrant entrepreneurship

Detail:

When it comes to business support to migrant entrepreneurs, the social economy enterprises are rarely mentioned. However, the support that Social Economy can give to migrant entrepreneurs can take multiple forms.
This session wishes to analyse how actors from the social economy sector support migrants before, during and after the creation of a social enterprise. Indeed, social economy enterprises can encourage and support not just the creation of new jobs, but also entrepreneurship and access to economic activities for migrants and refugees.

Agenda:

  • The point of view of the ILO, a keynote speech by Vic Van Vuuren, Director of ILO Enterprises Department
  • How social economy support migrant entrepreneurship in Europe, a keynote speech by Giuseppe Guerini, CECOP
  • The opportunity that social economy offers to migrant entrepreneurs, by Gianluca Pastorelli, Executive President of Diesis Network
  • Presentation of three best practices:
    • Univerbal, by Italia Perez Ojeda and Charlotte Poisson 
    • OLMEC, by John Mayford
    • Consorzio La Valdocco, by Janet Revocatus Buhanza and Roberta Tumiatti

Moderated by Luigi Martignetti, Secretary General of REVES

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
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 (UK)

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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
Present 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)