(07 December 2018) – Active since October 2017, the European Migrant Entrepreneurship Network (EMEN) was officially launched on 7 December 2017 during a successful public event organised by AEIDL in Brussels. One year later, it is interesting to make a first assessment of the progress made.
EMEN’s main aim is to develop, share and promote support schemes not only for individual migrant entrepreneurs but also for social and inclusive enterprises benefitting migrants.
To achieve such ambitious objective, the first steps performed were the official setting up of the three Communities of Practice (CoPs) of the project: (1) Coaching and mentoring (led by Social Impact gGmbH, Berlin); (2) Access to Finance (led by THUAS-FINE, The Hague); (3) Professionalisation of migrant entrepreneurs’ associations and diversity management in chambers of commerce (led by UNITEE, Brussels).
During this first year of project implementation, the efforts of the 3 CoP Leaders have been primarily addressed to identifying potential members, analysing their needs and mapping existing support schemes.