Refugee Start-Ups

From Refugees to Successful Entrepreneurs

This program empowers refugees, helping them become successful entrepreneurs. Together with our international coalition of partners, we’re helping refugees start businesses that enable them to build new livelihoods, contribute to the local economy and restore personal dignity.

Build your own business!

The Human Safety Net’s program for Refugee Start-Ups is designed to help you start your own business. Whether you are based in Munich with Social Impact Lab, or in Paris with Singa, you will be able to:

  • Learn the basics of entrepreneurship

  • Develop your business ideas and business plan

  • Test your ideas in special workshops

  • Connect with experts who can help you develop your business

And if you join our incubation program, you will:

  • Have access to Co-working spaces where you can develop your ideas

  • Be assigned a dedicated individual advisor

  • Get the chance to network and exchange with other startups, experts, mentors and volunteers

  • Be offered a convenient loan through our partnership

The program is free of charge. A certificate of attendance can be provided at each step of the program.



During this phase you will create, define and challenge your project idea, learn about what it means to be an entrepreneur, and discover more about the entrepreneurial environment in France and/or Germany.

Introduction to the Business Plan

During this phase you will move from idea to project, explore the various stages of a business plan (market study, marketing, legal forms, financial forecasts, etc.), and prepare to launch your business.


During this phase you will learn to accelerate, facilitate and secure your project launch through workspaces, individualized monitoring, additional workshops and training activities, as well as network with experts and professionals.

For help or assistance about this program:

THSN For Refugee Start-ups
+31 626833274
+31 626833274

Discover the stories!

The story of Leen
The story of Robert


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. 



THSN For Refugee Start-Ups will support new businesses in all sectors. To us, the potential of your business idea and your capabilities for making it happen are the deciding factors.

The trainings are given in German (in Munich) and French (in Paris). Training materials are also available in German, French, English and Arabic.

Sadly no, the programme is designed for people who already have the right to stay and work in their host country. We put this restriction because we want you to be able to legally start your business once you complete the training.

Yes, if you have the right to stay and you meet the other criteria, you can apply for the programme.

You can still apply for the programme if you don’t live in the cities where training takes place, but we cannot cover or reimburse any transportation costs.

Once you have completed the training programme and have outlined a concrete business plan, you will have the chance to apply for financial support to start your business. Every year, we will support up to 40 entrepreneurs financially in Germany.

Entrepreneurship experts will deliver the trainings throughout the programme. They have experience with startups and many of them own their own businesses.

If you are in France, you can call Singa. If you are in Germany, you can call Social Impact Lab. Alternatively, you can send an email to this address or send us a message on WhatsApp or Skype.

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The COVID-19 crisis is impacting everybody, but people living in vulnerable circumstances are more than ever at risk, including families with young children and refugees. The NGOs that help them every day are forced to stop their traditional activities. This opens the risk of leaving them without any support. Together with our NGO Partners, we decided to deploy resources and activities to make sure each family, child and refugee of our programmes can continue to benefit from our support. With your donation, we can jointly help more people.

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