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Immigrant Entrepreneurship in Europe

posted 6 Aug 2012, 05:49 by   [ updated 6 Aug 2012, 05:59 ]

The development of new approaches to support immigrant entrepreneurship at European level continues to gather momentum. Inspired in the model developed by ACBBA in the UK, pilot training programmes to develop community based business advisers have just been completed in Italy and Portugal, as part of a wider collaboration involving eight organisations from seven European countries.

A wide range of nationalities were represented in the Italian group of trainee business advisers, which included people from Chinese, Romanian, Albanian, Moroccan, Arabic and Indian background. Participants were particularly enthusiastic about the focus on enterprise development targeted at immigrants and also the broader understanding of business being promoted in the programme. In Portugal the pilot course attracted twelve participants, including professionals working with immigrant entrepreneurs, the unemployed and people at risk of social exclusion. 

Participants in both countries valued the networking opportunities the programme provided, which enabled the establishment of links between professionals and organisations working in different areas and with different skills. Although much more needs to be done to support the integration of immigrants, the value of the community based business model in promoting immigrant entrepreneurship to foster socio-economic development was amply endorsed.  

For further information regarding the BEST FORM project please visit or contact Armando Pardo at or André Barbosa at