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The Human Safety Net for Refugees

People with a refugee or migrant background come with skills that can benefit our society if put to use. The Human Safety Net for Refugees programme unlocks this potential and empowers them to discover and fully develop their entrepreneurial qualities. Entrepreneurship as a means of economic and social integration is one of the main hallmarks of the programmes we support. Partnership based on an exchange between equals is another.




Partners & initiatives

Capacity: talent & start-up incubator

Our partner Capacity brings locals and newcomers together in a spirit of collaborative skill-sharing. Through its two entrepreneurship programmes, the start-up incubator fosters the talent of people in Switzerland with a refugee or migrant background. The four-month programmes provide a combination of mentoring, workshops and soft skills training that help them take their first steps towards starting their own business or socio-cultural project in Switzerland.

In the Launch programme, budding entrepreneurs learn the foundational skills required to develop their start-up ideas: they define the scope of their project and outline the initial prototyping steps. Following this ideation programme, the entrepreneurs get to the heart of the matter as their business or project idea moves into the implementation phase in the Boost programme – covering everything from drawing up business plans to marketing and communication measures, right through to budget planning and accounting.


In addition to acquiring skills, participants get to know the business world in Switzerland better, making their first contacts and starting to build a social and professional network. Thirty-two migrants and refugees were able to benefit from the two programmes in 2019.


More information on Capacity.