EMEN 2nd International event revealed new ideas on financing migrant entrepreneurs

Not all migrants and refugees arriving in Europe are destitute, without assets and resources. They know how to organise themselves. They set up new (internet based) systems to support each other  also in setting up new businesses

On 20th June the EMEN and The Hague University of Applied Sciences organised the 2nd International Event with  a special focus on Access to Finance for Migrant Entrepreneur.

At the event the leading questions were:

  • how migrant entrepreneurs might finance their new ventures?
  • how they can make use of existing formal and informal financing mechanisms?
  • how they can make use of mainstream facilities?
  • how special mechanisms might be relevant, needed and desirable?

Existing organizations, projects and programmes were given a platform to show what they are doing. A market space  was created where ideas were offered and idea- hungry, interested persons had a chance to be get information about approaches that they might use in their own environment. Leading, thought provoking professionals and practitioners were given the floor to share their ideas; brief, catchy pitches and brief talks confuse, opened eyes and gave that little push into the direction people already wanted to go in.

For more information go to http://emen-project.eu/

Migrant entrepreneurs, crossing borders thanks to fintech? – Bilbao on 7-8 October 2018

Lessons from a special workshop on FinTech and Migrant Entrepreneurs, moderated by EM(E)N member ADIE, and held during the MFC-EMN Annual Conference 2018 in Bilbao on 7-8 October 2018.

Various members of the EMEN project’s Community of Practice on “Access to finance for migrant entrepreneurs” are also part of European Microfinance Network. On the instigation of this CoP it was possible to run a special workshop on innovation in offering and rendering financial services to (starting) migrant entrepreneurs. Read more at http://emen-project.eu/migrant-entrepreneurs-crossing-borders-thanks-to-fintech/