We promote the ideas and initiatives of social entrepreneurs who are preparing refugees for the Austrian labor market, creating job opportunities, and helping them to build a life and livelihood in their new country.

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To be successfully integrated and included in Austrian society, it is critical that approved refugees have the opportunity to join the labor market. Through work, refugees are able to achieve self-reliance and to become engaged, integrated citizens of our community.


Who can participate?

found! supports innovative and sustainable initiatives to create jobs for refugees. These initiatives are supported during an intensive, five-month-long incubation process. The goal is to successfully establish these initiatives in the market. Applications can be submitted by individuals, teams, or existing initiatives.

We are concentrating on projects that are using modern, innovative technologies in their business model.


What do participants receive?

Part of the five-month acceleration package are:
  • Business coaching
  • Individual expert advice
  • Mentoring
  • Access to tailor-made workshops and trainings
  • Workspace in the co-working space of Impact Hub Vienna
  • Access to the national and international networks of Deloitte Austria and the Impact Hub
Experts from Deloitte Austria and the Impact Hub Vienna work together with the six most promising submissions to plan, implement and further develop the business ideas.In addition to intensive consulting services, three of the start-ups have the opportunity to receive additional financial support (EUR 25.000,-), as well as further pro-bono advice.

Submission Deadlines & Schedule

  1. Start of submission 11 October 2017 Workshop “From Idea to Impact - Idea development workshop” 9 November 2017 (optional)
  2. Submission deadline 1 December 2017, 14:00
  3. Selection of the 6 most promising ideas by an expert jury until 14 December 2017
  4. Kick Off Workshop 17 January 2018
  5. Incubation phase 8 January 2018 - 8 June 2018
  6. Final presentations / Pitch 18 June 2018

Who is running found!?

Deloitte supports refugees
"Making an impact that matters" - that is Deloitte's global vision. Deloitte has a positive and sustainable impact on customers, employees and society. Corporate responsibility is an essential part of this process in order to make a positive contribution to the development of society.

The Deloitte Future Fund combines Deloitte's core competencies: promote people, develop projects, find solutions, introduce expert knowledge, identify opportunities and create new prospects for the future. In this context, Deloitte Austria concentrates on specific social problems and groups of affected populations. The goal is to create prospects for the active participation of people in society. This benefits the people, the location and the society as a whole.

In the Deloitte Future Fund, Deloitte Austria has bundled the resources and activities for concrete social issues. For a three year period – until 2018, Deloitte Austria will focus its Corporate Responsibility projects on a highly relevant topic that is very important to society: the creation of prospects for refugees through education and jobs. This is to enable the social integration of recognized refugees.
Impact Hub Vienna is an incubation and acceleration ecosystem for impact entrepreneurs. Part innovation lab, part community center, and part business incubator, we provide change makers with the resources they need to innovate creative business solutions and technologies to society’s most complex challenges.

Impact Hub Vienna is also part of the diverse, global Impact Hub network of over 15,000 members in 100+ locations around the world. From Berlin to Johannesburg, Singapore to San Francisco, our network is a rich community of entrepreneurs, freelancers, business experts, and impact investors all working toward a common purpose—to prototype the future of society and business.

2016 Winners

Café Namsa is an intercultural social business café giving refugees the possibility to find employment in Austria. Coffee and cakes invite people all over the globe to communicate and get to know each other. Café Namsa provides the location to overcome initial obstacles in getting to know each other over a nice cup of coffee.
CARamel offers an innovative and sustainable way of car-cleaning: A thorough wash and wax service, both inside and out, wherever our customers’ vehicles are parked. Our team of professional valet cleaners are all refugees; the process is waterfree. We travel in e-cargobikes or e-tuktuks. CARamel is good for soul and earth.
interprAID is the first online community interpreting platform. We bridge language barriers in social organisations and provide career opportunities to people with migration biographies. Interpreters can be accessed by video-call, reducing costs of on-site assignments and increasing availability independent of location. Profiles featuring cultural, religious and ethnic backgrounds ensure optimal matches and user evaluations high quality. interprAID works for an inclusive society by enabling access to social services.

2016 Finalists

Nut & Feder combines craftsmanship and design with heart. As a social business it offers asylum seekers a meaningful activity and a chance for social participation. Asylum seekers are waiting for years until the decision whether they can stay or not will be made. This time is characterized by inactivity and boredom. Nut & Feder is a way out of this dreary everyday life.
logo-develooper-200x75 is a web agency building website and webstores which has been found in Innsbruck together by Ammar from Syria and Kathrin from Germany. Develooper differentiates by only employing refugees and providing them first work experience in Europe. There is great IT potential among many refugees and Europe has a great demand for IT experts
refugees{code} offers refugees a program to develop coding and software development skills, free of charge. The program’s goal is to lead to job placements, create a perspective of self-determination, and lead to sustainable long-term integration through work and skills. To achieve a job placement for all participants, refugees{code} offers also additional workshops in personal development, trainings and internships. refugees{code} is supported by and welcomeTUcode.