We remember watching the news and reading the newspapers last summer as the number of refugees attempting to enter the E.U. surged.
Westbahnhof became a temporary campground, as we attempted to make the newcomers feel welcome and safe. However, the process of integration is not as straightforward as processing paperwork. It takes time, patience and a fair amount of courage. The courage to start over, learn a new language, and accept a new way of life in a different place.
We often find ourselves asking where we fit into this complex mosaic of political tensions and disrupted dreams. Where can our skills be put to use and what projects can we join to help create a positive impact?
Partnering with various organizations, Impact Hub Vienna is committed to addressing this issue. Matthias Reisigner, co-founder of Impact Hub Vienna believes that, “creating new prospects for the future is essential for the successful integration of refugees. Thus, enabling integration into the Austrian labor market is of special importance. Only by having jobs, people are able to secure a livelihood for themselves and become integrated and productive parts of society.”
Our newest program, found! is one such example. A collaboration between Deloitte Future Fund and Impact Hub Vienna, found! supports innovative and sustainable initiatives that create employment opportunities for refugees. Supported by an intensive, six month long incubation process, our aim with found! is to successfully establish the supported ideas, helping make them sustainable and scalable projects. And it is not too late to join! Applications from individuals, teams or existing initiatives/start-ups are welcome until September 4th at 6:00pm. The six best ideas will be selected from the pool of applicants to start the six month incubation program. The initiatives receive support to grow their idea from a concept all the way to a final pitch. Successful applicants will receive business coaching, individual consulting, access to the Impact Hub Vienna co-working space, mentoring, access to workshops, and access to the Deloitte and Impact Hub international networks.
Deadline for Applications: September 4, 2016 – 6:00 PM
Ideegration is another such incubator, addressing the integration process for refugees. Coming together on November 10th, Ideegration is currently searching for 15 top initiatives to participate in their incubation program. The participants will receive support from experts in management , consulting, business, politics, PR and marketing. Furthermore, five of the 15 will receive start up funding and work together even more closely with a team of experts to see their projects to completion. They are also calling on individuals to help support the good work that is already being done to address this issue. Whether you are a graphic designer or a consultant, they are looking for your help to help promote existing initiatives.
Deadline for Applications: October 9th, 2016
If you are feeling inspired and want to join in, check out found! or Ideegration and stay tuned for the selected initiatives!