MILE meeting in Amadora Feb 08

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Meeting of Mile Urbact 2 Partnership in Amadora 27th and 28th February 2008

The city of Amadora signed an accord with Gulbenkian foundation and the University for a project focusing on social enterpreneurship today 28th February 2008 in Portugal.

First Scoping and exchange Workshop

Enterprise Development for Migrants and Ethnic minorities

Date: 26-29 February 2007 Place: Amadora, Portugal Venue: Recreios Desportivos da Amadora


Tuesday 26 February

Arrival of participants

16.15-19.30 Meeting local interveners in disadvantaged areas of Amadora

This includes the Social Shop at Estrada Militar degraded area and Boba district where City council will present an overview on Geração project. Partners will make short presentations about their work, tackled problems, results and expectations.

20:30 Dinner

Wednesday 27 February 2008

09:00 Welcome by • Deputy Mayor of Amadora • Jean-Loup Drubigny, Director of [URBACT] Secretariat • Roberta Capuis, Project Coordinator, City of Venice • Haroon Saad, Thematic Expert and [QEC Eran]director

09.20 Mile Project Overview, Haroon Saad

09:40 Action Learning sets: the MILE methodology Haroon Saad

10.20 “Enterprise development: migration and integration” By Peter Ramsden, Expert in local and urban development and inclusive entrepreneurship 11.00 Coffee break

11:30 Case study 1: [Supporting micro entrepreneurship in urban regeneration areas of Torino Luisa Avedano & Helene Jarret, City of Torino (Italy)

12:15 Case Study 2: [Local Strategies for migrants’ integration through enterprise development in Sevilla] Rocio Delgado Sanchez, Business Consultant Technician, Economy and Employment Department of Seville City Council (Spain)

13:00 Lunch-Buffet at the Venue

14.30 Case study 3: [Good and bad practices of enterprise development in the Municipality of Komotini] Olympia Dimitriadou, Technical Consultant, Municipality of Komotini Questions and answers (Greece)

15.15 Introduction to working groups Haroon Saad

15.30 Parallel Working Groups (including a coffee-break) Facilitators: Haroon Saad, Peter Ramsden, Janice Sandwell

WG1: Measures to access Financial and non-financial support for enterprise development

Facilitator: Peter Ramsden

There is a low level of awareness by migrant and ethnic minority businesses of what is available and what support is offered, either generally or support that is targeted for them. The vast majority of support organisations/services do not have any special arrangements for migrant and ethnic minority entrepreneurs. Access to finance, for start up and for business development is one of the major problems faced by entrepreneurs from these groups and contributes to an over-concentration of migrant and ethnic minority businesses in low entry threshold activities. How to draw migrant and ethnic minorities into mainstream and specific support programmes? How to change financial support services to meet the needs of diverse groups? How to enhance the competence of business advisors dealing with migrant and ethnic minority entrepreneurs?

WG2: Measures to stimulate the enterprise culture

Facilitator: Janice Sandwell

While certain ethnic/migrant groups have an extremely strong tradition of entrepreneurship, they face obstacles that may discourage them from becoming entrepreneurs. On the other hand, some target groups may have little tradition of entrepreneurship and the challenge becomes that of developing strategies for changing the “mindsets” and creating the necessary conditions for opening up entrepreneurship to a far wider public. What can be done to build a more favourable entrepreneurial culture? What conditions need to be created to make entrepreneurship more accessible to ethnic entrepreneurs? What measures to encourage ethnic/migrant women and young people entrepreneurship?

WG3: Measures to access wider markets

Facilitator: Haroon Saad

Access to market and lack of marketing skills are important problems facing ethnic minority/migrant entrepreneurs. A focus on speciality products and services for clients from own ethnic group can be a niche market but at the same time create barriers for break out strategies in terms of new opportunities to expand the business and to open to new and non-traditional markets. What can be done to encourage diversification of activities and to avoid ghettoisation in the same niche markets?

17.00 Feedback from the working groups and discussion

18.00 End of day 1

20.30 Dinner at

Thursday 28 February

Morning session 09.00 - 13.30 will be open to the public

09:00 Background context to MILE project: [Regions for Economic Change |] and [Urbact II Programme]

Marika Sandell and Alexander Ferstl, DG Regional Policy, [European Commission] - Questions and answers

09:55 Funding Opportunities under ERDF, the Regions Experience

[What the Region of Komotini has done in enterprise development: Results of last funding period and goals for the next period] Komotini Managing Authority

11.15 Coffee Break

11:45 Case study 4: [Taktix], the EU funded business game that creates new entrepreneurs in disadvantaged areas

Janice Sandwell, Enterprise Manager, Business Link Organisation, Kent (United Kingdom)

12:30 [Amadora Empreende] – Municipal Programme for Social Entrepreneurship

Joaquim Raposo, Mayor of Amadora; Fonseca Ferreira, President of CCDRLVT; Vitor Campos , Director genereal of DGOT; Luis reto, President of ISCTE (university, partner at Amadopra EMPREENDE); Isabel Mota, Administrator [Gulbenkian Foundation] (partner at Boba, Amadora Empreende and secretary of the National Platform for Immigrants Integration- to be confirmed); Rui Marques, High Commissioner for the Integration of Immigrants and Intercultural Dialogue.

Public ceremony: Signature of the agreement contract for Amadora EMPREENDE – Quick Incubator between Amadora City Council and ISCTE.

Press conference

13:30 Lunch-Buffet

14:30 Assessing and benchmarking local needs using the [Copie tool]

Peter Ramsden

15:00 Understanding Immigrant entrepreneurial Strategies: Conditions that enhance and/or inhibit the entrepreneurial behaviour

Catarina Reis Oliveira, Head of Unit of Research and International Relations [Portuguese High Commission for Immigration and Intercultural Dialogue - ACIDI], I.P.

15.30 Introduction to Action Learning Sets Planning Haroon Saad

15:45 [[Action Learning Sets] Planning Sessions - Including coffee break

17:15 Feedback from the ALS Planning Sessions

18:00 Conclusions, Evaluation & end of Workshop

20.30 Dinner at