The CFE Refugee Entrepreneurship Network (REN) is a global community working to improve the scale and impact of refugee entrepreneurship programmes. It brings together practitioners, philanthropic foundations, researchers, academics and investors that actively support refugee entrepreneurship.
Entrepreneurship offers newcomers a unique pathway to integration. It allows economic independence; boosts self-confidence; and brings communities together in harmonious cooperation.
Refugees have been found to display key traits for business success, from high confidence to strong risk-awareness, and they have gone on to start countless companies around the world enriching their host countries.
It is estimated that there are 26 million refugees globally and dozens of programmes exist around the world to support refugees through business. The CFE Refugee Entrepreneurship Network accelerates their important work through peer-to-peer support, best practice sharing, research and campaigns.
There are two types of membership for the network:
- Full membership: For practitioner organisations delivering refugee entrepreneurship programmes;
- Associate membership: For refugee entrepreneurs, universities and research institutes, grant-making foundations, corporates, government departments and agencies, banks, investors and other finance providers that are actively working to support refugee entrepreneurs.
If you have an interest in the topic but are not actively working in the field, you can become a supporter and receive monthly newsletters providing global insight on refugee entrepreneurship developments.