BITE - Building Integration Through Enterpreneurship

About the Project

The BITE project (Building Integration Through Entrepreneurship) is a EU-funded project that foster the integration of migrants from sub-Saharan Africa by unlocking thir entrepreneurial potential. Since 2018 the project has selected 100 migrants between Italy, Sweden and Greece in order to train them and mentor them on how to start their own business in Europe and in their country of origin.

PROJECT OBJECTIVES

The action “BITE” aims to contribute to the social and economic integration in EU countries of migrants from Sub-Saharan Africa by accompanying them in the creation of small businesses that have positive social and environmental impact in their country of residence and country of origin, through a tailored business acceleration process.

To do so, a consortium composed of leading research institutes, service providers, local authorities and NGOs has reached out to Sub-saharan African diasporas in Italy, Greece and Sweden, to raise awareness and collect applications for a training and mentoring scheme on entrepreneurship.

The scheme helps migrants gain knowledge and develop the skills, tools and network needed to start their own business. By modelling every phase of the project through a toolbox, partners enable local authorities and NGOs across the EU to replicate the approach in diverse socio-economic contexts and with limited financial input.

PROJECT ACTIVITIES

Phase 1 – Outreach and identification of potential migrant entrepreneurs and outreach. 

Phase 2 – Education and training on building entrepreneurial skills and shaping business projects 

Phase 3 – Mentoring and financial inclusion with a focus on long term business sustainability 

Phase 4 – Dissemination and replication of the BITE approach to migrant integration through entrepreneurship

The B.I.T.E. Project in Numbers

359
Applications received
100
Participants selected
40
migrant entrepreneurs mentored

Countries Involved in Project B.I.T.E.

3 Partners from Italy

1 Partner from Greece

1 Partner from Sweden

MEET OUR MIGRANT ENTREPRENEURS

Meet Our Mentors

Meet our financial advisors

MEET OUR ROLE MODELS ON MIGRANT ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Ebun Akinsete

Ebun Akinsete

Dr. Ebun Akinsete is a Nigerian-born senior researcher and the Head of the Department of Stakeholder Analysis and Decision Support Systems at the International Centre for Research on the Environment and the Economy (ICRE8) and United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UN SDSN) in Greece. 

Adjusting to a new culture, and overcoming the language barrier where some of the biggest hurdles of migrating to Greece. Ebun’s goal is to expand the reach of her current projects and achieve the levels of sustainable development she has aimed for.

Moussa Sangaré

Moussa Sangaré

Moussa Sangaré was born in Ivory Coast and moved to Greece in 2012. He is currently the President of the Communauté Ivoirienne de la Grèce. Moussa dropped out of school at an early age, due to his parents’ unexpected death, but that didn’t break his spirit. 

He kept on trying to help people in his vicinity and make his community a better place.

Sidonie Sandrine

Sidonie Sandrine

Originally from Cameroon, Sidonia Sandrine vowed to follow her entrepreneurial destiny ever since she graduated with a BA in Fashion & Management from the London College of Fashion in 2005.

Today, she is the Founder & CEO of Style By Definition LLP., a brand and marketing consulting agency helping create strategy for non established fashion brands and organizing fashion-related events and services for small to medium enterprises.

Lydia Bondzie

Lydia Bondzie

What does it mean to be an African entrepreneur in Italy? Italo-Ghanian event planner Lydia Bondzie walks us through her entrepreneurial experience, from dropping out of school to establishing her dynamic business that is expanding in Northern Italy.

Ben Doukourè

Ben Doukourè

What does it mean to be an African entrepreneur in Italy? Ivorian Milan-based fashion designer Ben Doukouré stares his decade-long experience in the industry, from learning how to sew in Cameroon to launching his first collections in Milan.

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