Enter to Transform

Enter to Transform (Transformational Entrepreneurial Hubs for Recognised Refugees’ Re-starters)
To sustain growth and innovation North-West Europe needs start-up activities and enterprises. Migrant entrepreneurship and especially newcomers such as recognised refugees contribute to this endeavour. Enter to Transform increases the entrepreneurship capacity of recognised refugees in North West Europe. In the four countries, the Netherlands, Germany, Ireland, and France, 67% of 271.630 recognised refugees have a business background and the experience to restart. The project offers a social innovation by creating hubs and mentoring addressing recognised refugees re-starters to become ready for business creation. It develops a supportive environment and is a “door opener” for recognised refugees re-starters to enter existing entrepreneurial infrastructure (entrepreneurial ecosystems). By door opening, the project avoids parallel structures but introduces recognised refugees to how by whom and where to get the tools they need to restart. To increase entrepreneurial activities, the target group will be supported along with the business phases stand-up, start-up, and scaling and distinct from existing initiatives, with a focus on four sectors: health, crafts and design, services, trade. These sectors report recruitment bottlenecks. A two-way integration path and an opportunity-driven focus on entrepreneurship are central to roll-out social innovation.


  • increased entrepreneurial capacity of 400 refugee restarters
  • 250 refugee restarters with a business plan
  • 150 started (registered as a business) of which 25 create self-employment
  • 4 new hubs in North-West Europe
  • 1 inclusive, lasting entrepreneurship network
  • Digital training platform
  • Coaching and mentoring materials
  • Good practice manual of successful approaches to mentoring and supporting RR re-starters

Enter to Transform project website
Digital platform

2020 – 2023

Funding Programme: Interreg North-West Europe
Lead Partner: University of Twente
Contact: Frans H.M.J. Coenen, Alexandra David

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