Global Refugee Entrepreneurship Summit

The inaugural Global Refugee Entrepreneurship Summit will convene refugee entrepreneurship programmes from across the world for a day of knowledge exchange, networking, inspiration and action.

The summit is kindly hosted by the UK Government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The event is organised by the Centre for Entrepreneurs – the UK’s entrepreneurship think tank.

Refugee entrepreneurship organisations attending include: 51 Labs (Iraq), Centre for Social Innovation (Austria), Faces of Change (Netherlands), African Entrepreneur Collective (Rwanda), Refugee Entrepreneurs DenmarkSINGA Business Lab (Germany), Startup Stockholm (Sweden), Startups Without Borders (Egypt), The Entrepreneurial Refugee Network(UK), Turkish Entrepreneurship Foundation, and Ygap (Australia).

In March 2018, the Centre for Entrepreneurs – the UK’s entrepreneurship think tank – published ‘Starting afresh: How entrepreneurship is transforming the lives of resettled refugees’. The report makes a compelling case about why refugees possess many entrepreneurial traits, how they can contribute to the UK as business founders, and how providing tailored business support can increase business survival, ease public spending and strengthen social integration.

The report profiles refugee entrepreneurship programmes operating in London, Copenhagen, Berlin and Sydney. Over 130 such initiatives have launched around the world in recent years to help refugees and those at risk of displacement achieve economic independence.

The Global Refugee Entrepreneurship Summit will create a platform where these emerging programmes can build an international peer-to-peer community to share good practice, align their monitoring and evaluation, and conduct joint advocacy campaigns.

By convening practitioners alongside investors, philanthropists and international organisations, the gathering will catalyse the actions needed to take the sector forward.

Registration is free. 


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