- Funding: COSME Pogramme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and SMEs
- Duration: 2017-2020
AEIDL coordinates the three Communities of Practice of the European Migrant Entrepreneurship Network (EMEN), which networks organisations supporting migrant entrepreneurs.
Funded by the EU’s COSME programme, the EMEN project focuses on sharing approaches and lessons learnt across and between public administrations, business development support and financial organisations, social enterprises, non-profit organisations, educational institutions and other public and private organisations supporting migrant entrepreneurship in cities, regions and countries.
The aim is to develop, share and promote support schemes not only for individual migrant entrepreneurs but also for social and inclusive enterprises benefitting migrants. Ultimately the knowledge gained will be of use for those developing and promoting support schemes for migrant entrepreneurs, leading to a more inclusive society.
The network as a whole operates through three Communities of Practice (CoPs), coordinated by AEIDL, each addressing a key component of a comprehensive ecosystem to support migrant entrepreneurship: Coaching & Mentoring (led by Social Impact gGmbH, Berlin), Access to finance (led by THUAS-FINE, The Hague), and Professionalisation and Diversity Management (led by UNITEE, Brussels).
The network’s services are delivered through a dedicated website, publications and infoline, and in the case of peer reviews, though personal dialogue, coaching and mentoring.