4th Global Refugee Entrepreneurship Summit | London, 18 – 21st October 2021

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Registration is now open for the 4th annual Global Refugee Entrepreneurship Summit. Join practitioners, funders, researchers, policymakers and investors from around the world for best-practice sharing, networking and collaboration. 

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This year we are delighted to welcome Oli Barrett as our summit host.

3rd Global Refugee Entrepreneurship Summit | Online, 26 – 29th October 2020

The 3rd annual summit was hosted online at the height of the global pandemic. To maintain a format where all attendees could engage as one group we spread the summit over a five-day period. Plenary sessions ran for 2.5 hours a day at an optimal time to allow members around the world to dial in.

The summit featured double the content of previous events including four member-led workshops. It also featured a highly successful global refugee entrepreneur pitching session where 10 entrepreneurs from five countries presented their businesses to the community.

2nd Global Refugee Entrepreneurship Summit | London, 31st of October 2019

From 31st October to 1st November, the Centre for Entrepreneurs, supported by NatWest, hosted the 2nd annual Global Refugee Entrepreneurship Summit.

Following the successful inaugural summit last November with 80 attendees from 20 countries, this year the Centre convened 140 people for two action-packed days of knowledge exchange, networking and collaboration.

The summit brought together members of the Refugee Entrepreneurship Network, practitioners running refugee entrepreneurship programmes, philanthropists, international organisations, researchers, including: Catalysr (Australia), SSI, Migraflix (Brazil), Settlement Services International (Australia), NyföretagarCentrum (Sweden), BCNA, Business Center for New Americans (USA), IDEMA (Turkey), Ana and Vlade Divac Foundation (Serbia), Kiva (USA), Refugee Investment Network (USA), FAIRE (France), University of Loughborough (UK), The Asfari Foundation (UK). 

Download 2019 summit programme→

Inaugural Global Refugee Entrepreneurship Summit | London, 2nd November 2018

November 2018 saw the inaugural Global Refugee Entrepreneurship Summit, co-hosted by the Government Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in London.

More than 80 practitioners from 20 countries came together for a day of knowledge-exchange, action and networking. In workgroups of ten, participants spent most of the day designing their own solutions for the sector’s challenges.

Attendees comprised of philanthropists, investors, researchers, entrepreneurs, and of course refugee entrepreneurship programmes, including: The Entrepreneurial Refugee Network (UK), SINGA Business Lab (Germany), DELITE LABS (Netherlands), African Entrepreneur Collective (Rwanda), Startups Without Borders (Egypt), 51 Labs (Iraq), the Turkish Entrepreneurship Foundation, Ygap (Australia) and the Entrepreneurship Support Program for Refugee Empowerment (Japan).

Highlights from the day:

  • Opening address: Edin Bašić, founder of Firezza Pizza and former refugee, drew from his inspiring story of growing Firezza into a successful restaurant chain.
  • Best practice presentations delivered by three leading organisations: The Entrepreneurial Refugee Network (UK), SINGA Business Lab (Germany) and African Entrepreneur Collective (Rwanda).
  • Panel discussion on sustainability: Chaired by Dr Michelle Richey (Loughborough University) attendees learned about the latest funding solutions from Hanna Wieten (DELITE LABS), Davide Libralesso (Etimos Foundation) and Chris Clements (Social Finance).
  • Three facilitated workshops: In groups of ten, participants designed their own solutions on the themes of programme design, funding, scaling and sustainability, and cross-organisational cooperation.

Download 2018 summit programme→

Read our blog on the 2018 event →