EMEN - European Migrant Entrepreneurship Network
The EMEN project, which aims to help migrant entrepreneurs across the EU, was launched on 7 December 2017. Led by Toby Johnson, also Team Leader of the ESF Transnational Platform, the European Migrant Entrepreneurship Network is a three-year COSME (Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises) project set up to form three communities of practice (CoPs).
The promotion of migrant entrepreneurship is a challenge across the EU and it is important to share approaches, practices and lessons learnt between public administrations, business development and financial organisations, social enterprises, non-profit organisations and educational institutions supporting migrant entrepreneurship at the local, regional and national levels.
Targeting advisers to migrant entrepreneurs, the project will identify and promote the quick implementation of best practices in supporting migrant entrepreneurs who may not be reached by traditional business start-up support services.
The project will develop and promote support schemes not only for individual migrant entrepreneurs but also for social and inclusive enterprises benefitting migrants. EMEN will help service providers improve the quality of their existing services as well as innovating and expanding them. Ultimately, this will lead to a more inclusive society.
The project will build three communities of practice (CoPs) which will be open to all those who support migrant entrepreneurship. Each CoP will address a key component of a comprehensive ecosystem to support migrant entrepreneurship:
- Coaching & Mentoring - led by Social Impact gGmbH, a Berlin-based social innovation agency
- Access to Finance - led by THUAS-FINE, the Research Unit for Financial Inclusion and New Entrepreneurship of the Haagse Hogeschool
- Professionalisation and Diversity Management - led by UNITEE, the only EU-level organisation representing entrepreneurs and professionals with a migrant background), along with Eurochambres, representing chambers of commerce
These three areas are key to supporting migrant entrepreneurship in the short to medium term. The CoPs will operate via web fora and teleconferences and will also meet physically at annual conferences as well as at workshops ‘piggy-backed’ onto other events. The project will enable peer learning among practitioners, and the knowledge gathered will be synthesised and disseminated through the project website, publications and presentations at relevant events.
The other partners of the project are DIESIS (the EU network supporting social economy development), confederations like Eurochambres, the ETUC and CECOP as well as REVES (the European Network of Cities & Regions for the Social Economy), ALDA (Association of Local Democracy Agencies), KMOP (a Greek NGO supporting disadvantaged groups) and EURADA (the European Association of Economic Development Agencies).
The project was launched on 7th December 2017.
EMEN website: http://www.emen-project.eu
Project summary: http://ec.europa.eu/docsroom/documents/26223
More information on COSME: http://ec.europa.eu/growth/smes/cosme/