How can immigrant women or beneficiaries articulate and develop a business idea? What are the steps for a successful business move in today’s Market by an ethnic group or individual stakeholders?

A group of refugee women are looking for Why, How & and What and they are preparing for their business opening!


Open Kypseli: Promoting social cohesion and the integration of refugee and migrant women

Our team is designing an experiential cycle of entrepreneurship workshops specially designed for refugee and immigrant women! We seek to explore together with 45 ladies one by one the steps for their new business ventures.

The project “Open Kypseli: Promoting social cohesion and the integration of refugee and migrant women” is implemented within the Active citizens fund, with the implementing body “Melissa: Network of migrant and refugee women in Greece” and their partners Impact Hub and Inside Story. The € 12million Active citizens fund program is funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway and is part of the European Economic Area (EEA) funding mechanism for the period 2014 – 2021, known as EEA Grants. The program aims to strengthen and enhance the sustainability of civil society and to highlight its role in promoting democratic processes, enhancing citizen participation in the community and defending human rights. The management of the Active citizens fund for Greece has been jointly undertaken by the Bodossakis Foundation and SolidarityNow.



… From vulnerable groups or communities looking for the know-how for their first business opening

…either living in Greece or living for some time and seeking to strengthen their business activity.


The program starts with meetings with entrepreneurs from different industries to gain inspiration, know-how & useful information, and continues with a series of seminars / business empowerment & entrepreneurial support workshops, with the possibility of one-to-one consulting meetings. The completion of the seminar cycles will be followed by a two-month period in order to evaluate, select and prepare for financial support of the most comprehensive ideas that will emerge!

The first cycle will start on December 16 2020 and will be completed in March 2021. Another 3 cycles will follow until March 2022, where the process will be completed with a pitching & fundraising event for the most mature business ideas

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