Refugee Start-Ups

Empowering refugees to become successful entrepreneurs

This programme unlocks the potential of refugees to become successful entrepreneurs. Together with our international coalition of partners, we’re empowering refugees to start businesses that enable them to take back their dignity, build new livelihoods and contribute to their local economy.



With a competitive 6-8 month programme, we’re empowering refugees with the skills, resources and tools to become successful entrepreneurs.

  • Orientation Course to learn about the local business environment, experiment with business simulations and discover business concepts.

  • Advanced Course to develop a full business plan, backed by market research and accurate financial models, while learning basic legal and financial skills to run a small business.

  • Dedicated Labs to refine and test business plans with experienced entrepreneurs over two-days.

  • Mentorship from business coaches who support entrepreneurs to realise their business plans.

  • Access to Loans from a local bank or micro-finance institution to cover start-up costs.

  • Co-Working Spaces with the resources and community to build a business.

Become a Partner

Local NGOs are the backbone of The Human Safety Net. They lead the programmes in the countries. Are you interested in partnering with us? We’d be happy to hear from you.



Johnny, Zina and Hamze are all refugees who became successful entrepreneurs. You can too. Applications only accepted from Germany and France at this time. Apply to get started.