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Help young migrants build entrepreneurship skills

01 September 2016


On 1 September 2016, the European Commission is launching a call for proposals funded by the European Parliament.

The call, ‘Entrepreneurial capacity building for young migrants’ (225-G-GRO-PPA-16-9233), is being initiated to support the creation, the improvement and the wider dissemination of support schemes for migrant entrepreneurs. Starting from the identification of potential entrepreneurs among migrants and from raising the awareness within migrant communities about entrepreneurship, this action will focus on:

  • Training courses (e.g. on entrepreneurship, business planning, legal aspects of setting up a company and hiring employees, etc.).
  • Mentoring schemes for migrant entrepreneurs and would-be entrepreneurs.

The call for proposals is part of the Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan of the European Commission. The action plan aims at easing the creation of new businesses and to create a much more supportive environment for existing entrepreneurs to thrive and grow. Entrepreneurship is a powerful driver of economic growth and job creation: it creates new companies and jobs, opens up new markets, and nurtures new skills and capabilities.

The European Commission aims to support an environment attractive to all forms of entrepreneurship, where also business support services reach all potential entrepreneurs, including those from more vulnerable groups, with the aim to make the EU in its entirety stronger and more cohesive.

Within the EU, migrants represent an important pool of potential entrepreneurs, but can face, as other more vulnerable groups, specific legal, cultural and linguistic obstacles. These issues need to be addressed in full to give support equitable to that received by all other entrepreneurial groups.

Following the February 2016 European conference on migrant entrepreneurship, an Evaluation and Analysis of Good Practices in Promoting and Supporting Migrant Entrepreneurship was undertaken. Its results are presented in a Guidebook which offers practical advice, 22 examples of good practice and a self-assessment tool to be used by service providers to improve their actions targeting migrant entrepreneurs and would-be entrepreneurs. Guidebook and Benchmarking tool

All of these activities will now culminate in the call for proposals ‘Entrepreneurial capacity building for young entrepreneurs’.

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