Startup Migrants Bristol

Here's how our Business Start-Up Workshop Went in Birmingham and Bristol

Over the past two months, we've been engaged with the launch of a free startup preschool business program in collaboration with Startup Migrants. Our collective aim has been to actively support aspiring migrant entrepreneurs in navigating the complexities of the UK business landscape.

This partnership was born out of a pressing need to bridge the gap between migrant founders and the wider business community. Recognising the challenges faced by many migrant-owned businesses, we've joined forces with Startup Migrants to leverage their expertise through the Startup Preschool program and our own ecosystem, with the goal of fostering a more prosperous migrant business landscape.

In March, we kicked off in Birmingham conducting a free 3-day business workshop. Participants from diverse backgrounds such as Ukraine, Syria, Nigeria, Ghana, joined us for an intensive hands-on course, exploring in detail the requirements for planning, launching, and growing their businesses in the UK. They had the privilege of hearing firsthand from Nicolai Strøm-Olsen, co-founder of Startup Migrants, and drawing inspiration from individuals like Amina, owner of Fattoush, a Syrian cuisine kitchen and a former Migrant Business Support client of ACH.

In April, we continued the learning and impact process in Bristol, where Startup Migrants empowered future entrepreneurs with a wealth of knowledge and practical insights. Led by industry experts such as Paul Kelson from Business & IP Centre Bristol and Ari Cantwell of Co-exist Community Kitchen who shared with us the process of establishing. Participants gained invaluable insights into the Bristol business ecosystem and learnt about the passion behind the establishments.

Throughout the three-day event, we had collaborative group works, allowing teams to brainstorm ideas, engage in intensive discussions, and craft compelling pitch decks. The collaborative effort was witnessed during the presentations, where teams confidently showcased their ideas and strategies.

The discussions continued even during breaks, with delicious dishes from Ceylon and Beyond and Afghan Bristol Cuisine.

This initiative underscores our shared commitment to empowering individuals seeking to integrate into the system. As migrant unemployment rates continue to rise, providing support and opportunities for migrant entrepreneurs to thrive is not just important - it's essential.


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