Business Buddies For Refugees

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THE PROBLEM

 

There is a misconception amongst some people that refugees cannot contribute positively to their local community. Contrary to stereotypes, many refugees were successful business people in their country of origin before being forced to flee to the UK.

But, rather than just looking at past achievements, we should focus on where refugees want to go and what dreams they want to realise.

 

 
 
 

THE SOLUTION

 

The Entrepreneurial Refugee Network (TERN) are helping refugee entrepreneurs to realise thier dreams!

Working in partnership with ice-cream connoisseurs Ben and Jerry’s, they have developed the ‘ICE Academy’ to offer early stage refugee entrepreneurs a combination of part time employment and business training. This allows them to develop their business ideas and get a real taste of what it means to be an entrepreneur.

You can become a ‘Business Buddy’ and work with one of their participants to help them develop their business idea by offering your experience, guidance and support. An ideal Business Buddy is an individual based in the UK with some business and entrepreneurial experience. You can find out more here.

Their summer programme runs from May-August 2018. 

 
 
 

CAUSES

 
  • Humanitarian Aid

  • Communities

  • Rights

  • Social Welfare

 
 
 

STATUS

 

Applications have now closed.

 
 
 

WHO IS INVOLVED?

 

The project is being led by TERN - a pioneering new social enterprise that supports and empowers refugees in the UK to realise their potential, fulfil their aspirations and develop their own businesses.

 
 
 
 

HOW CAN I HELP?

 

BUSINESS BUDDY

  • You will help a refugee in the period of May-August 2018 develop their business and entrepreneurial skills by working with them as their personal business mentor. You can find more details about the role here.

  • Time: 4 hours per week.

  • Deadline: Applications have now closed.