BITE

Building Integration Through Entrepreneurship

BITE: Building Integration Through Entrepreneurship

Horizon 2020: https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en


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The project aims to contribute to the social and economic integration in EU countries of newly arrived migrants from SubSaharan Africa, by accompanying them in the creation of small businesses that have positive social and environmental impact in their countries of residence, through a tailored business acceleration process.
While contributing to the startup of small business led by migrant entrepreneurs born in Sub-Saharan Africa, the action aims to support job creation in the EU further and to encourage partnerships and networks among EU SMEs and markets in SubSaharan Africa, eventually leading to strengthening business activities and trade across EU and Africa.
In order to deliver such activities the action builds on a diverse partnership that includes civil society organizations, financial organizations, local authorities, research centers and foundations across three EU countries (Italy, Greece and Sweden) and whose expertise ranges from migration issues to business acceleration, from policy making to business finance.

The action “BITE – Building Integration Through Entrepreneurship” aims to contribute to the social and economic integration in EU countries of newly arrived migrants from Sub-Saharan Africa by accompanying them in the creation of small businesses that have positive social and environmental impact in their countries of residence, through a tailored business acceleration process. Indeed, the current trends of migration and the socio-economic conditions of migrants in the EU, strongly calls for an action that specifically promote entrepreneurship among migrants from Sub-Saharan Africa. While boosting entrepreneurship among migrants proved to be an effective tool for social and economic integration, this solution only skims migrants from SubSaharan Africa. In a context where a considerable share of new migrants are from Sub-Saharan Africa and foreign-born entrepreneurs keep growing (the figure doubled in Austria, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain in 2008) and contributing to job creation (300.000 people employed in Italy – European Commission, DG Home 2011), the contribution of Sub-Saharan Africa nationals to this trend is still limited. Moreover, while contributing to the startup of small business led by migrant entrepreneurs born in Sub-Saharan Africa, the action aims to support job creation in the EU further and to encourage partnerships and networks among EU SMEs and markets in Sub-Saharan Africa, eventually leading to strengthening business activities and trade across EU and Africa.

- Awareness raised among Sub-Saharan Africa communities in Italy, Greece and Sweden about the opportunity to become entrepreneurs;
- Migrants’ entrepreneurial capacities mapped also through the Entrepreneurship Competence Framework;
- 4 groups of migrant entrepreneurs selected in the Milan, Padua, Patras and Uppsala (project locations) which will benefit from the capacity building program;
- training and mentoring delivered, together with networking and start-up services of which the program consist in each project location;
- Program distelled into an actionable toolbox that municipalities, civil society organizations and mainstream business support entities (e.g. incubators) can replicate with limited funds;
- Toolbox disseminated in Italy, Greece, Sweden and across EU to organizations that can adopt and replicate it

Etimos Foundation - Italy
E4Impact Foundation - Italy
FONDAZIONE PER LE INIZIATIVE E LO STUDIO SULLA MULTIETNICITA' - ISMU - Italy
COMUNE DI MILANO - Italy
EUROPEAN REGIONAL FRAMEWORK FOR CO-OPERATION - Greece
Integra AB - Sweden

 

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