Migrant Entrepreneurship Online Conference “Growing Europe”- Every Thursday of September


Make your September count!

After months of lockdown that has disproportionately affected the world’s disadvantaged communities, especially those with their own businesses to run, the need to support these people is more important than ever. The Growing Europe online conference, co-organized by the MAGNET Consortium, brings together migrants, refugees, policy makers, NGOs and the private sector to focus on ‘Boosting Migrant Entrepreneurship Networks’.

The Zoom sessions, taking place over four Thursday afternoons in September, will dive into the importance of migrant entrepreneurs in Europe, the specific support this group requires, how to ensure inclusive entrepreneurship and what the future holds for these business innovators, especially with regards to Covid-19.

You’ll have the rare chance to debate policies with representatives of the European Commission, meet migrants with interesting businesses, and hear what civil society actors are doing to improve the services for migrants wishing to start a business in Europe and contribute to our economy.

Go to the website to find out more about each of the sessions and register according to your schedule. All recordings will be available post-event. The conference is brought to you by three major European networks for migrant entrepreneurship: MAGNETM-UP   and EMEN.

Registration, detailed agenda and speakers’ profiles: 

Find out more at: growing-europe.eu


Day 1 – The importance of migrant entrepreneurs – 3 September, 14:30 – 16:40

Don’t miss the conference opening by European Commissioner for Home Affairs, Ylva Johansson, followed by an interactive session on how inclusive entrepreneurship programmes are responding to Covid-19. Now more than ever, migrant entrepreneurs need support to create jobs and flourish.

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Day 2 – Needs and support for migrant entrepreneurs – 10 September, 14:30 – 16:40

Go beyond the picture of destitute migrants. The second session of Growing Europe online conference focuses on the needs of migrant entrepreneurs and the ways to support, including sessions on access to finance, coaching and mentoring, and the social economy.

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Day 3 – Inclusive entrepreneurship – 17 September, 14:30 – 16:40

One of the biggest challenge to migrants opening businesses is bureaucracy, European countries are rife with slow processes and policy mindfields. Join the third day to discuss challenges and create national and EU-wide policy recommendations to overcome these obstacles. Join breakout sessions about the opportunities in digitisation and the potential of refugee-led businesses.

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Day 4 – Future and potential of migrant entrepreneurship – 24 September, 14:30 – 16:30

The fourth and final Growing Europe online conference session focuses on the future of migrant entrepreneurship in Europe. Join a discussion about collaboration in the era of recession due to Covid-19 and economic instability across Europe. Breakout sessions discuss shifting narratives around migrant entrepreneurship, and the opportunities that entrepreneurship presents for women migrants to join the labour market.

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This publication is part of the project MAGNET which has received funding from the European Union’s COSME Programme (2014-2020).

Co-funded by the COSME
programme of the European Union

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