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Refugee startups Partners
I thought I had all the keys to start a business

Carlos is a social entrepreneur originally from Colombia and created Populaire Café with a couple of friends to promote, fairly traded, farmers coffee from his country of origin. He got support from La Ruche, The Human Safety Net Refugee Start-Up partner in France to improve its social business model, and realized they need to invest more in marketing. When the pandemic hit 90% of their business base made of restaurants and cafès, they started to find new sources of income to survive during lockdown. Now they deliver their fair trade coffee all around Paris by bike, helping other refugees along the way.

Refugee startups Partners Switzerland
Social integration runs with the #RefugeeTeam

Aspiring entrepreneurs and refugees who want to become professional runners have a lot in common: they need to follow their career path, take on risks, and literally stay one step ahead of the competition.

Refugee startups Partners
By helping others, we learn a lot!

Ludivine from France and Andrea from Germany committed as digital volunteers during the last months, supporting refugee entrepreneurs with one-to-one language lessons and dedicated webinars to improve their pitch presentations. It has been a truly enriching experience both for the people they support and them, because by helping others, we learn a lot.

Families Refugee startups Newborns Events
Three years of THSN

Discover more about THSN in this dialogue on the three-year anniversary of this movement of people helping people.

Refugee startups
Lots of entrepreneurs have had to reinvent themselves, and they’ve managed to do it

When lockdown hit Paris, both Carlos and Sina had to reinvent their work: as a social entrepreneur, Carlos and his colleagues needed to find new sources of income while Sina, who is in charge of the incubator for refugee entrepreneurs in Montreuil worked out how to keep supporting their 26 start-ups even if the incubator was closed.

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Refugee entrepreneurs just keep going because they are used to difficult situations

Because they are used to fight against bad circumstances, entrepreneurs with a refugee background have an ability and the mindset to overcome the most adverse circumstances. Olaf, head of the Social Impact Lab in Munich and THSN partner for Refugee Start-Ups in Germany is optimistic. He thinks that it might take more time for refugee entrepreneurs to understand if their business works, but they will make it also through this challenge.

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