Successful kick-off for the project “European Migrant Entrepreneurship Network” (EMEN)
Dec 11 2017 | Category: UNITEE - Image 2013 © UNITEE

UNITEE – New European Business Confederation participated as a partner in the kick-off meeting of the New European Migrant Entrepreneurship Network (EMEN) Project, which took place on the 7th of December in Brussels.

On this occasion, officials from EASME and DG GROW, shared their valuable insights on the policy context, objectives and synergies in the support schemes for migrant entrepreneurs and youth entrepreneur calls.

Funded by the EU’s COSME program, the EMEN project focuses on sharing approaches and lessons learnt across and between public administrations, business development support, financial organizations, social enterprises, non-profit organizations, educational institutions and other public and private organizations supporting migrant entrepreneurship in cities, regions and countries throughout Europe.

The aim is to develop, share and promote support schemes not only for individual migrant entrepreneurs but also for social and inclusive enterprises benefitting migrants. Ultimately the knowledge gained will be of use for those developing and promoting support schemes for migrant entrepreneurs.

The network will operate through three ‘Communities of Practice’, coordinated by AEIDL -Association Européenne pour l’Information sur le Développement Local-, each addressing a key component of a comprehensive ecosystem to support migrant entrepreneurship:

  • Coaching & Mentoring (led by Social Impact gGmbH, Berlin),
  • Access to finance (led by THUAS-FINE, The Hague),
  • Professionalisation and Diversity Management (led by UNITEE, Brussels).

The network’s services will be delivered through a dedicated website, publications and infoline, and in the case of peer reviews, through personal dialogue, coaching and mentoring.

To view the complete agenda, the detailed project description and partners, please click here.

The next steps with EMEN project appointments, as well as the project website will be published soon.

To know more about this project and other UNITEE activities, please contact Ms. Chiara Vidussi at


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