Relevant questions for mentors. Simply click on a question and the answer will appear.

The goal of the pilot project is to bring together refugees who want to start a business in Berlin with entrepreneurs from the region. The aim is to offer them help in setting up their businesses. The refugees are given one-to-one support and provided with a business network by so-called Gründerpaten who volunteer to help them and offer their expertise.

As a Gründerpate, you will give voluntary support to refugees who want to set up their own businesses. By working with them, you will make a positive contribution towards integration by giving them the chance to participate in the economy. In concrete terms, this means that you:

  • offer them one-to-one support by sharing ideas and experience.
  • help them develop the personal qualities necessary for a business founder.
  • give them access to a network of business contacts.

Mentors are entrepreneurs and executives, but also students (BWL/MBA) and people interested in starting a business. An ideal mentor should be highly motivated to support refugees in their efforts to set up a new business, to support them in acquiring skills and knowledge and to integrate them into their own networks. The project office pays attention to the selection of the mentors in the matching processn based on:

  • intercultural competence and interest in people from other cultural backgrounds
  • relevant knowledge to the establishment of a business
  • time availability (min. 10 hours per month).

1- Registration: Just sign up here. We will contact you back.

2- Meetings to get to know each other: We want to get to know you better. We invite you and the other participants to a workshop. Together we will find out in which area you can best support. On the basis of the getting to know meeting we carry out a matching. In this way we can optimally coordinate the interests and needs of you and the founders.

3- Kick-off event: At this meeting you will get to know your mentee. You will network and arrange your meetings in person.

4- Methods’ Day: The Methods’ Day is an obligatory event for the founders:

  • On this day you will receive a two-hour founder training, which should prepare you for your mentorship.
  • During the training you will learn more about the situation of the prospective founders and the legal framework.
  • We will talk about your expectations and give you practical tips on your mentorship as well as how to deal with and communicate in an intercultural exchange.
  • At the end of the method day you will discuss  the contents you have learnedm with your mentee.

The time required for your role as Gründerpaten will be as follows:

  • 4 months – 8 meetings: every meeting is around 2-3 hours
  • we expect you to participate in our events which are going to take place in October (Get-to-know, Kick-off, Methods’ Day)
  • we expect you to send us feedbacks

On the Methods’ Day, each Gründrpate is going to be prepared for the mentorship. The tasks of the Gründerpaten will be explained.  Intercultural competence und background information about the establishment of refugees’ business will be explained. In addition, each mentor receives materials from us for this purpose.

The minimum requirements for the refugees are:

  • Founding interest or business idea
  • Language skills: German B1 or/and English B2
  • Recognised refugee status or asylum seeker with good a prospect of staying.

The refugees’ skills and knowledge are recorded by the project office using standardised questionnaires and interviews. Various criteria are considered, such as:

  • Level of education
  • Language skills
  • Work experience
  • Industry expertise
  • Commercial experience
  • Founder personality traits
  • Recognition of qualifications

The matching procedure is carried out by the project office individually and on the basis of the getting to know meeting and aims to make the most suitable mentorships possible. Essential criteria for the matching are:

  • Availability of time for the mentorship and the obligatory events (getting to know each other meeting, kick-off event, Methods’ Day)
  • Level of knowledge about the foundation
  • Industry interest
  • Language

In this way we can optimally coordinate the interests and needs of you and the mentee.

Yes, of course! The project office is always happy to receive suggestions and new people!

Hala Alkhiami
Tel.: 030 20308 1532
E-Mail: alkhiami.hala@dihk.de
Start-Up Your Future: Mentoring partnerships with Gründerpaten
Breite Straße 29
10178 Berlin
www.startupyourfuture.de

Relevant questions for mentees. Simply click on a question and the answer will appear.

The goal of the pilot project is to bring together refugees who want to start a business in Berlin with entrepreneurs from the region. The aim is to offer them help in setting up their businesses. The refugees are given one-to-one support and provided with a business network by so-called Gründerpaten who volunteer to help them and offer their expertise.

Start-Up Your Future has a flexible structure. However, there are five fixed dates and we kindly ask you to take your time to attent.

  • the first meeting with Start-Up Your Future
  • the get-to-know meeting
  • the Kick-off event
  • the methods’ Workshop day ( approx. 5 hours)
  • the meetings with your Mentor

We welcome all refugees and asylum seekers who want to start their own business.

To participate, you need to:

  • live in Berlin,
  • be a recognised refugee or an asylum seeker with an Aufenthaltsgestattung (preliminary residence permit) and a good chance of recognition,
  • know German (at least to level B1) or English (at least to level B2),
  • and, most importantly, have the intent and courage to turn your interesting business idea into a real start-up.

1- Registration: Just register here. We will contact you back.

2- Getting to know each other meeting: We want to get to know you better, that is why we invite you and the other participants to a workshop. Together we will find out where your strengths and needs lie. On the basis of the getting to know meeting we carry out our matching. In this way we can optimally coordinate the interests and needs of you and the mentors.

3- Kick-off event: At this meeting you will get to know your mentor. You can network and arrange your meetings in person.

4- Methods’ Day: The Methods’ Day is an obligatory event for the founders and mentors:

  • 4-5-hour workshop day.
  • On this day you have the chance to gain new knowledge about your start-up phase. In addition, we offer trainings on the day, which we adapt to your needs.
  • At the end of the day you can discuss and deepen what you have learned in the training sessions with your mentor.

The Gründerpaten will not be able to address all your needs, questions and wishes. Start Up Your Future offers specific training courses to cover any additional issues.
Mandatory training courses:

Method’s Day: The methods’ day is a compulsory event for the founders:

  • 4-5-hours workshop day
  • On this day you have the chance to gain new knowledge about your founding phase.
  • In addition, we offer trainings on the day, which we adapt to your needs.
  • At the end of the day you can discuss and deepen what you have learned in the training sessions with your mentor.

 

We call our mentors Gründerpaten. They are mostly entrepreneurs themselves. They work in different positions:

  • they founded their own business
  • they are students of economics
  • retired emplyoees who have business experience

All these people work voluntary to support you in your own founding!

The mentoring program runs over the course of four months. In this time, you should at least meet eight times with your mentor. As the project is flexible and the organisation of the meetings is the responsibility of you and your mentor, you should share your contact details as soon as possible with each other! Moreover, you need to participate in our meetings.

These are your tasks in the project:

  • to ensure that your cooperation with your mentor is positive and constructive
  • aprreciate the voluntary engagement of your mentor and meet him with understanding
  • read all the information the Start-Up Your Future team provides you with
  • ask questions and get in touch if something needs to be clarified
  • stick to deadlines and meetings!
  • take your time for the mentoring and your business development
  • prepare for the meetings with your mentor
  • provide us with feedback. We need it 🙂

The matching procedure is carried out by the project office individually and on the basis of the getting to know meeting and aims to make the most suitable mentorships possible. Essential criteria for the matching are:

  • Availability of time for the mentorship and the obligatory events (getting to know each other meeting, kick-off event, Methods’ Day)
  • Level of knowledge about the foundation
  • Industry interest
  • Language

In this way we can optimally coordinate the interests and needs of you and the mentor.

During your mentorship you will need about 2-3 hours a week. You organize the meetings yourself with your mentor.

In addition, participation in our events is mandatory:

  • Get-to-know meeting
  • Kick-off event (group start)
  • Methods’ day (approx. 5 hours)
  • Mentoring meetings

Of course! We welcome anyone.

Do you have any friends, neighbours or relatives who meet the requirements and wish to start a business? Tell them about us. Show them our website: https://www.startupyourfuture.de/en/ . Ask them to get in touch with us. We would love to hear from them!

The Wirtschaftjunioren Deutschland are more than 10,000 entrepreneur and high-level businessmen&women under 40 years. We form the largest network of young economists in Germany. The members of the circle federations engage themselves among other things as Gründerpaten with start-up Your Future .

We are also supported by the four Chambers of Industry and Commerce (IHKs) in the region – Berlin, Potsdam, Cottbus and East Brandenburg.

Contacts help in many professional situations. If you have a good network, you will reach your goal faster – your own company. The Wirtschaftsjunioren Deutschland is a good opportunity for you to create a network in the business world in Germany. The network of the Wirtschaftsjunioren Deutschland is characterised by the personal exchange, business contacts, events, trainings as well as honorary engagments.

Hala Alkhiami
Tel.: 030 20308 1532
E-Mail: alkhiami.hala@dihk.de
Start-Up Your Future: Mentoring partnerships with Gründerpaten
Breite Straße 29
10178 Berlin

Participants and Gründerpaten can also contact one of our team members by phone or e-mail in order to resolve potential challenges quickly and easily.