Sustainability is provided by the network itself. Startup Refugees receives the necessary resources by getting sponsorship from companies and people who want to help. The companies and people all help in different ways: the large companies donate money, the small businesses training and equipment, and experienced business coaches their time. Startup Refugees has developed an involving corporate social responsibility model for companies and they are finding it very successful. Instead of only donating money, companies are increasingly interested in how to donate their time, skills, networks and even jobs to make an impact to the cause they believe in and we also have found many ways to support them towards their goal. This cooperation model is something they could offer for other European states as well and based on their experience they believe that this kind of involving corporate social responsibility is a growing trend.
Camilla Naatus – Executive Director, Elisa Vepsäläinen – Project Manager, Satu Heikinheimo – Head of Business Program, Hani Tarabichi – Business Coach, Ikea Peura – COO, Startup Refugees, Veera Pitkänen – Community Coordinator, Mustafa Abdulameer – Business Program Manager.
Stakeholders and Partners:
Startup Refugees in Finland consists of 500 parties, including companies, government officials, NGOs, universities, congregations, research institutes, communities and individuals who support newcomers with starting businesses and entering the Finnish labour market. The Startup Refugees website lists more than 70 partners. They are developing and sustaining their relationships over time with their partners network. Their network members are actively taking apart in creating employment and education opportunities.