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.


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 five year period – until 2021, 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.

2018 Finalists

Habibi & Hawara is an entirely private and independent incubator for future entrepreneurs, also a social training and integration project for refugees and migrants to equip them with an entrepreneurial tool kit to open their own ventures. Additional Habibi & Hawara branches shall be opened in near future. Habibi & Hawara offers secure and fairly paid jobs, training programs and an appreciative working environment. Habibi & Hawara is known for discourse and dialog but above all for an Austrian Oriental restaurant in the center of Vienna, which serves delicious food, charming, professional and friendly service, comfortable furniture as well as an interesting, relevant and often amusing cultural program.
The Kattunfabrik – the CutureLab helps to integrate fled tailors into the employment market and develops the regional working places of the future. We provide a content wise analysis on the topic of future of the textile industry and we are prepared to master this challenge. We as NGO offer an practical and theoretical tutorship to be fit for the textile jobmarket in Austria.
MTOP’s mission is to make refugees´ potential accessible to the labor market, connect refugees to companies and break down negative stereotypes. MTOP offers an advanced training program that offers various workshops, training and mentoring to prepare highly qualified refugees to enter the labor market. We enable them to find work suited to their skills, knowledge and experience. This also helps employers to find talent and increases the diversity of their staff. More than 20 companies already profit from MTOP talents.
Welcome to Topfreisen - a social-culinary journey! Providing jobs is the key factor for integration into society. Topfreisen is based on the idea, that food connects people, therefore refugees are cooking food from their home countries as caterings for local people. Our “Topfreisen Academy” is a training course for refugees in gastronomy which aims to give them an easier and sustainable access to the labor market in Austria. Discover delicious new worlds of taste with us and be inspired by our cuisine from far away countries!
SHADES TOURS offers socio-political education in form of guided walking tours through Vienna. SHADES TOURS started 2016 with our tours on the topic of poverty and homelessness employing homeless people to undertake these. Since Januar 2018 SHADES TOURS also offers tours on the topic of asylum and integration undertaken by refugees.

Chance giving - Chance living 4 refugees

Chance Giving, Chance Living 4 Refugees implement mentoring programs for refugees in cooperation with schools, corporations and the public sector in order to facilitate the labour market entry for them. In addition, they use the online tool “Danube Compass” for orientation purposes in the integration process.

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.