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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 Consortium
Client subtitle
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.
M-UP consortium
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.
MAGNET consortium
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.
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Migrant Entrepreneurship contribution to Europe

Day 1 - Session 1 - September 3rd – 2:30 – 3:30p.m (CEST)

Migrant Entrepreneurship contribution to Europe” is the first session of the Growing Europe online event that will take place throughout the month of September 2020!

Join the session to find out how and all the ways Migrant Entrepreneurship benefits Europe! High-level speakers and migrant entrepreneurs will join the discussion!

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COVID-19 impact on Migrant Entrepreneurship

Day 1 - Session 2 - September 3rd - 3:40 – 4:40p.m (CEST)

How are inclusive entrepreneurship programmes responding to the Covid-19 pandemic? What are the additional challenges migrants and refugee entrepreneurs are facing? How can they be better supported? What can we learn from this crisis to bring new opportunities?
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Variety of migrant entrepreneurs needs

Day 2 - Session 1 - September 10th – 2:30 – 3:30p.m (CEST)

This panels wishes to understand which are migrant entrepreneur needs and which are the main barriers to creating and managing their businesses.
You will have the chance to listen to the direct experience of several migrant entrepreneurs!
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Access to finance: what you don’t see, but is still there

Day 2 - Session 2 - September 10th – 3:40 – 4:40p.m (CEST)

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.
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Coaching and mentoring

Day 2 - Session 3 - September 10th – 3:40 – 4:40p.m (CEST)

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.
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Social Economy and migrant entrepreneurship

Day 2 - Session 4 - September 10th – 3:40 – 4:40p.m (CEST)


10th September – 3:40 – 4:40p.m (CEST)
Social Economy and migrant entrepreneurship
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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.

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Unleashing migrant entrepreneurship potential across Europe. Policy recommendations.

Day 3 - Session 1 - September 17th – 2:30 – 3:30p.m (CEST)

During the session, we will share good practices and policy recommendations for Governments at European, National and Local levels in order to boost a friendly entrepreneurship ecosystem to help migrant entrepreneurs to unleash all their potential, setting up and growing new companies and creating jobs for all.
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Digitalisation: What role can new ICT tools and services play in supporting migrant entrepreneurs?

Day 3 - Session 2 - September 17th – 3:40 – 4:40p.m (CEST)

Digitalization is now a reality in all the fields of the economy and in all the phases of an enterprise lifecycle. ICT tools can highly benefit migrant entrepreneurs that decide to develop an enterprise in Europe. How can ICT tools support migrant entrepreneurs? Delivered in collaboration with the NewTalents4EU project.
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The 51% – Making the present & future of Refugee Entrepreneurship support refugee-led

Day 3 - Session 3 - September 17th – 3:40 – 4:40p.m (CEST)

Before this field and still relatively compact sector scales, it is time to ensure that the next phase of Refugee Entrepreneurship support guarantees participation and leadership by experienced entrepreneurs who represent the community directly. This session brings together Refugee Entrepreneurship Support alumni who are also active entrepreneurs who are today already co-leading the programmes TERN (UK), Singa Germany and Delitelabs (NL) – all first generation social enterprise in Refugee Entrepreneurship support.
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Collaboration in the era of recession, Coronavirus and instability

Day 4 - Session 1 - September 24th – 2:30 – 3:30p.m (CEST)

This session aims at discussing the sustainable way of further cooperation and networking between broad range of stakeholders supporting migrant entrepreneurs. is dedicated to the future of partnerships for migrant entrepreneurship support. The successful cooperation between the three consortia gives strong arguments to extend the network and built further alliances. The speakers will discuss the possible solutions, especially in the drastically changed environment of deepening economic recession, spread of Covid 19 and restructuring the economy towards green approach. We will hear from private and public donors and successful networks dealing with entrepreneurship.
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Narratives on Migrant Entrepreneurship

Day 4 - Session 2 - September 24th – 3:40 – 4:40p.m (CEST)

Migrants significantly contribute to economies of host communities. Migrants bring knowledge and skills transfer to communities, which can foster higher productivity, more innovation and overall positive economic impacts.
But if migrant entrepreneurship can be highly beneficial for both the newcomers and the host society, why it is not better supported and thus exploited? Is there a lack of overall awareness about this positive contribution in Europe? Is migrant entrepreneurship not valued enough because of the sometimes negative perceptions and wrong stereotypes surrounded migration narratives?
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Entrepreneurship – a valid way to labour market integration for female migrants?

Day 4 - Session 4 - September 24th – 3:40 – 4:40p.m (CEST)

Migrant entrepreneurship can be highly beneficial for both the newcomers and the host society. Migrants are often extremely motivated with an entrepreneurial mindset. Still many more men with a migration background create a business than women. If adequately supported, self-employment and entrepreneurship represent a promising alternative option for female migrants to access the labour market. Self-employment could also be a pathway towards empowerment and increased gender equality. Furthermore, women entrepreneurs can use the skills that they have acquired through non-formal education. But why are so few women choosing to become a self-starter? This workshop looks at ways to successful ways to support migrant woman to become an entrepreneur and the policy framework required to increase the number of successful migrant entrepreneurs.
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