Growing Europe: Boosting migrant entrepreneurship networks

The event

The EMEN project final event is here. “Growing Europe: Boosting migrant entrepreneurship networks” will be held online and spread throughout the month of September in the form of online conferences that will take place every Thursday, the first of which will be held on the 3rd of September, continuing on the 10th, 17th, and 24th. Each of the conferences will address a different subject regarding the main topic of this series of conferences that is migrant entrepreneurship. These subjects will include the importance of migrant entrepreneurs, needs and support to migrant entrepreneurs, inclusive entrepreneurship, and the future and potential of migrant entrepreneurship.

Migrant entrepreneurship

In recent years, the European Union has reinforced its support to migrant entrepreneurship, as it has proven to be a relevant and useful tool for integration, employment and ultimately, the economic sustainable growth of the European social, industrial, and business fabric. Nevertheless, at certain times, the information available is not as abundant as it would be desirable and training, financing, and networking chances must be encouraged so these kinds of businesses are not forced to cease their activity due to misinformation. Hence the importance of projects such as EMEN, which offer migrant entrepreneurs a way of putting in common good practices, opportunities, and support for these companies throughout their lifecycle.

The partners

This series of conferences are jointly organised by three projects – EMEN, M-UP, and Magnet – each of which is funded by COSME, the EU programme for the Competitiveness of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises. What these three projects have in common is the focus on providing migrant entrepreneurs with support schemes and opportunities.

  • EMEN: this project – of which EURADA is part of – focuses on the dissemination of experiences to learn from all actors involved in the development of migrant entrepreneurs, regardless the level: cities, regions, or countries. By the establishment of these transnational networks, practitioners are able to share their knowledge and practices. For more information.
  • M – UP: is a network that aims to support migrant entrepreneurs to scale up, helping them turn their microbusinesses into an SME. Its range of actions are very wide, from addressing usual problems and solutions, to advocating for government policy changes. For more information.
  • Magnet: as the aforementioned projects, Magnet is also a network for migrant entrepreneurship support. Connecting migrant entrepreneurship organisations among themselves and with private and public actors is the main service Magnet delivers. A unique characteristic of this project is its “Migrant Entrepreneurship Academy” created to provide migrant entrepreneurs with tools that will help them develop their activities. For more information.