The VIFRE platform was officially launched in September 2020 to offer entrepreneurial education to refugees in Europe, as well as to all those who would like to develop their business in their host countries. This project is funded by the Erasmus+ program and involves the participation of academic institutions such as NGOs in France, Germany and Ireland.
VIFRE, that stands for Virtual Incubator for Refugies Entrepreneurs, is a Web platform which aimes for refugees and provides support in 24 lessons. A "Welcome package" integration assistance and legal advice are also provided to facilitate their integration.
Salomé Picard, associate professor and head of CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) at Paris School of Business is coordinating this project with the help of Fabrice Périac, a teacher & researcher at the same school. Online training is also made available to NGOs in order to provide the best possible support to project leaders.
128 accounts created
Already more than 35 people trained
Refugees from all around the world, currently living in Irelande, in France and in Germany benefit from this training plateform.
Salomé Picard explains: "We had the opportunity to be funded by the EU to develop our training platform adapted to the needs of newcomer entrepreneurs: LIVE!
Being able to create and co-construct this pedagogical tool with a European consortium (Ireland, Germany and France) composed of both NGOs and higher education institutions was our strength.
We were able to share our knowledge and skills in order to respond in the best way possible to the problems encountered by entrepreneurs in their host country. This 3-year collaboration is a great success that we can be proud of and I invite you to discover it directly online: https://www.vifre.eu/eng/controllers/index.php ».
Trainers and users of the platform testify:
"As a trainer, it is good to rely on some written content. Being able to use the VIFRE platform and thus refer to certain subjects is very useful. "(G-2 Trainer)
"The key course content is useful and concise. I particularly appreciated having video content available to complement my understanding of the course content.” (User)
"The VIFRE platform is very well designed and easy to use. The access to academic references to go further is a plus!“ (User)
"I found the Transnational Entrepreneurship section particularly interesting. I always thought that being a migrant is a disadvantage, but I never thought it could be my strength!" (User)