Refugee Entrepreneurs

by Juan Jauregui Becker

Enschede Refugees Entrepreneurial Initiative. For refugees with the ambition to become an entrepreneur, there’s no true support framework in The Netherlands. Becoming an entrepreneur, though, is one of the opportunities to take an initiative. University of Twente and Kennispark will support this, together with the existing programme DELITELABS. In this five week programma, refugees find out if they have an entrepreneurial ‘mindset’. During the six month EREI programme, they will then get support and the possibility to work on prototypes in UT’s DesignLab. By including at least 25 percent of Dutch starters in the group, interaction is possible. UT scientists also see it as a research project, for finding out the value creation by social entrepreneurs.

Watch the pitch here.