Mediterranean: who cares about refugees' entrepreneurial dreams? 2
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Kheireddine Batache
Thursday 19 April 2018 Last update on Thursday, April 19, 2018 At 12:16 PM

Startup without Borders is a new Egypt-based project aiming at creating links between refugee and migrant entrepreneurs and available opportunities in order to help them launch and develop their startups.

Rasha Tantawy and Dalia Kamar.

Considered as the first collateral victims of wars, refugees and migrants are also those whom working life can change dramatically. According to the Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) data, the number of refugees In the Mediterranean area increased by 83% from 2015 to 2016.

Startups with our borders is a new foundation that connects migrant and refugee entrepreneurs to opportunities and resources to build their businesses, wherever they are. It is launched by a group of partners including women empowering organization Entreprenelle, Syrian network Khatwa which is financially helping Syrian students in Egypt, non-governmental refugees organization Fard Foundation, and the UNHCR.

As part of its supporting activities of refugees in Egypt, Startup without Borders gathered around 200 Mediterranean women refugees at the Greek Campus of the American University of Cairo, giving them a real opportunity to speak about their own startups projects and also how each one of them was able to contribute to the communities they live in, not only by providing money, but also by adding talent, innovation, and different ways to solve community problems.

It also brought sessions on how to develop small businesses and sharing ideas with mentors and specialists, including the head of business support and entrepreneurship at Egypt’s Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (TIEC) Rasha Tantawy, RiseUp Summit manager Dalia Kamar, and Flat6Labs CIO Dina El-Shenoufy.

Among the participants, the Mediterranean countries were represented by women coming from Syria, Palestine and Jordan.

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