At SINGA Labs we dream of a world where everyone can reach their full potential, no matter where they come from. We are therefore creating a high quality incubator that encourages refugees, migrants and local people to collaborate and create a more sustainable and inclusive future together. We will accompany participants through a collaborative and creative process for 6 months, taking their ideas to the market, transforming them into leaders of future companies.
Your support can transform their dreams into reality. Will you help us?
Description of the project. Main features, strengths and differentials.
The main objective of the project is to create a collaborative space where refugee entrepreneurs, migrants and locals find support, acquire skills, connections with resources and collaborations to generate successful businesses and social cohesion and accompany 25 entrepreneurs in the Northern Zone of Barcelona and 25 in the Raval , which are some of the neighborhoods with the highest rate of migrants and the most vulnerable in the city.
Our objectives are:
- Creating links between refugees, migrants and local people and companies in the region.
- Narrative change ("them" to "we" = refugees, migrants, locals)
- Promoting social and professional integration of new arrivals (refugees / migrants).
- Concrete contribution to the local economy and job creation.
- Social impact through the creation of social and sustainable enterprises.
The program will focus on supporting 50 entrepreneurs (60% migrant and 40% locals) to develop their projects, while providing participants with the skills and guidance so they can create new sustainable businesses that contribute to the local economy, or that can help them collaborate with existing organizations. SINGA Labs will follow innovative methodologies such as Design Thinking and lean startup and will focus on providing training and support on business, technology, sustainability and personal development issues to entrepreneurs.
How does it work
- 6 sessions for each project : Where we develop the projects using Design Thinking and other creative methodologies.
- 6 personal sessions: Focused on their personal development, taking them from a 'learner' to leader.
- 6 test cycles: Where we test concepts with clients and get feedback from menntors to ensure successful project.
- A network of mentors, companies and organizations supporting the projects
- Lots of new collaborators, co-creators, and FRIENDS
Why this is important
In the world 68.5 million of people were forced to flee their country and leave their dreams there behind. They arrive in their new country and find themselves in precarious or low-skilled jobs, and are seen as invaders to the place of collaborators. We exist to change this situation. Because we all have dreams and we should all have the opportunity to realize them and because we go much further when we go together.
The leaders and companies of the future are inclusive, multicultural, and sustainable. That is why we create links between refugees, migrants and local people, so that together we can overcome these obstacles and create more diverse societies, where dreams come true.
In 2012, SINGA was born in France and has already expanded to more than 2,000 members in 7 countries around the world. In 2016, SIGNA created its first incubator program in Paris (?) called Finkela. By 2017, 25 projects and around 35 businesses had been brought together through the incubator. The projects maturation phase included the formalization of the projects idea, initial contact with the market and ideally, the beginning of the pilot phase. Of the 25 initial projects, 20 went through the 6-month incubation process, 17 (85%) of whom also created a legal structure. To add, 11 had successfully generated income by the end of the incubation period ( 55% window or subsidized revenue), 8 (40%) had become ( or depending on the project are in the process of becoming) financially self-sufficient and 7 have already been able to hire paid employees and/or appendices. In addition to the program in France, there are incubators in Germany (17 incubator entrepreneurs since 2017), Switzerland (33 incubated entrepreneurs since 2018) and one being implemented in Italy. At a global level, our organization implemented the incubation program in 4 countries, generating more than 200 sustainable businesses and 300 employees.
SINGA Barcelona started in December of 2018. Since then it has carried out 15 events in the areas of training, interculturality and social activities in collaboration with over 9 organizations and has already expanding it’s community to more than 200 people.