Economic Dialogue NRW: Scientific Competence Center …

(Gelsenkirchen) – Scientists and economic experts from North Rhine-Westphalia join forces in the Economic Dialogue NRW – Competence Center for Multicultural Entrepreneurship and Migrants. With the signing of a declaration of cooperation between the Institute of Labor and Technology (IAT) Westfälische Hochschule Gelsenkirchen, the Foundation Center for Turkish Studies and Integrative Research (ZfTI) and FIAP – Research Institute for Design and Labor Prevention eV and Train of Hope (ToH) Dortmund eV, the cornerstone of think the tank was placed on 8/22/11.

North Rhine-Westphalia is the mainstay of migrant self-employment. About one in four self-employed workers with an immigrant background live in this federal state. About 25 percent of the self-employed with a migrant background in Germany is also above the national average. Currently 39 percent. start-ups in NRW are made by foreigners.

Migrant entrepreneurs are active in all sectors of the economy, from manufacturing services, through consulting, trade and gastronomy, to digital start-ups with completely new business models. They contribute to the dynamics of start-ups in the country. Migrants start business activities twice as often as locals. According to research, migrants are on average younger when starting a business, have less risk aversion and are less dependent on public aid or bank loans. In addition, they often run multicultural companies with a diverse workforce and customer structure and are involved in a variety of networks. Thus, migrant entrepreneurs are not only of economic importance, but also integrative, connecting people and markets, internationalizing products, services or the entire company.

However, not every start-up becomes a success story. Sometimes entrepreneurial know-how, financial opportunities and preparation time are lacking. The newly founded think tank »Wirtschaftsdialog NRW« focuses on promoting and sustaining the economic and social entrepreneurial potential of migrants.

NRW economic dialogue: think tank and the relationship between theory and practice

The competence center has set itself the goal of a scientific look at founders and entrepreneurs with the history of immigration in NRW and the creation of forums for dialogue in which migrants and non-migrants, new and experienced entrepreneurs and representatives of the exchange institutions promoting business in the country, and to develop strategies for growth and internationalization. Represented by founding members Dr. Alexandra David (IAT), prof. dr hab. Maria Elo (SDU & IAT), Fatma Karacakurtoglu, (ToH), Armando García Schmidt, Cem Şentürk (ZfTI), Silke Steinberg (FIAP), dr. Judith Terstriep (IAT), the new think tank, is kicking off all over NRW.

The aim of the joint project is evidence-based sensitization to multicultural entrepreneurship and migrants as an economic factor with an innovative power and the associated recognition of entrepreneurs. Generating and disseminating new knowledge, including the role of migrant entrepreneurs in local ecosystems as well as in diaspora and network structures, are key cornerstones.

Initiating joint exemplary projects seems to be as important to the think tank creators as creating appropriate transfer and dialogue formats that create a space for the exchange of science and practice and for experimenting with new ideas and approaches. In addition, consultancy is planned for cities and communes and interested intermediaries.

Source and contact address:
Institute of Work and Technology Claudia Braczko, press office Munscheidstr. 14, 45886 Gelsenkirchen Phone: (0209) 17070, Fax: (0209) 1707110


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