Entrepreneurship workshops and unlocked entrepreneur networks lend support for micro entrepreneurship stemming from asylum seekers themselves; entrepreneurship can solve many problems found in reception centres and nearby areas. Workshops are run by the best experts in the field, from entrepreneurs with an immigrant background to entrepreneurship trainers.
In the long run, Startup Refugees aims to create scalable services out of innovations at individual reception centres, which could then become new growth companies. Our societal task is to promote the integration of immigrants and bring fresh ideas to the Finnish innovation field. Many success stories in Finland’s corporate history have come from immigrants’ ability to think differently. And we shouldn’t forget either that, among others, Apple’s Steve Jobs was a second-generation immigrant from Syria.