Title European Entrepreneurs: Immigrants into Entrepreneurship
Project Number UK/08/LLP-LdV/TOI-163_111
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Country UK-United Kingdom
Marketing Text Equipping Immigrants to explored, created and developed successful businesses. EU Imminent, New Country, New Life, New Business?- an online business training course for immigrant entrepreneurs.
Immigrants form an increasing part of the population of European countries, and skills
training, especially in dynamic areas such as entrepreneurship was essential, if immigrants are to fulfil their potential as individuals and as contributors to economic growth and social stability. However, immigrants are less likely to take up training than other groups.
Similarly, business training organizations are often poorly equipped to train immigrants.
European Entrepreneurs (EUE) aims to redress this imbalance by effectively identifying
and training immigrants as entrepreneurs, by providing tailoring learning support
via a multi-lingual web-site to Immigrants who may be considering setting up their
own business. EU Imminent was an interactive business start up guide for Immigrant Entrepreneurs. www.eu-imminent.com is an innovative and accessible web based training resource specificially designed for immigrant entrepreneurs looking to set up their own business.
The project was launched in October 2008 and had been in development for a total of two years, during
which time the team devised and compiled an online training programme and exercises for
potential entrepreneurs. Drawing on materials developed previously by previous EUfunded
programmes (EMERGE and Entre-Pass), this project addressed the particular
needs of migrants in getting a new business off the ground. It directly complemented
face-to-face classroom training packages, providing additional support in compiling
business plans, networking strategies and other skills.
The project partnership drawe together organisations from the voluntary sector, social
economy agencies and national enterprise institutions from the five EU project countries.
Launched in October 2008, the project partners collectively completed a training needs
analysis among migrant communities in the participating countries through focus groups
and questionnaires. The data collected through needs analysis questionnaires in the partner countries, was the basis for which the www.eu-imminent.com site and training modules were formed. Needs varied depending on
participating countries, but overall the main areas where a need for targeted support was indicated include accessing business finance, preparation of effective business plans,
sales and marketing techniques for new businesses and business networking. EU-Imminent as a partnership offered expertise in both business and immigrant issues. Together the partnership offered a broad skills base with a multi-disciplinary team helping bring this innovative resource to life. The course was free of charge and available in four languages (English, German, Polsh and Romanian). It Comprised five modules together with a wealth of support materials such as videos, podcasts, web-links and networks which supported immigrants. There was no need to register, therefore immigrant could simply visit the site to start his/her journey in setting up a business.
The training tool had been rigorously piloted, and the end version continued the subject of an
extensive dissemination campaign to encourage active uptake and use of these products by immigrants considering or who have the potential to become entrepreneurs. The project had been dissseminated to key players such as public and private business support and migrant support organisations across partnership countries. The project was a useful resource for business trainers, business VET providers and policy makers of the particular needs of the immigrant population. The website consolidated current resources into one easily accessible website. Five modules contained on the site were What's it like to start a business? Have you got the skills? Marketing your business. Budgeting and Finance and Make sure your business is legal.