The SINGA Factory: Innovation through Diversity


Have you ever wanted to be a part of something that has never been done before? This fall, an innovative entrepreneurship program for people from refugee and migrant backgrounds will be launched in Zurich. It will be the first of its kind in Switzerland and YOU could be a part of it. Interested? Keep on reading...

SINGA Switzerland’s flagship startup program, the SINGA Factory, is designed for and with people from refugee and migrant backgrounds who want to start their own tech business in Switzerland. This 6 month part-time program will involve dynamic weekly workshops on the foundations of starting a business. The workshops will cover topics including: business modelling, trans-cultural training, legal aspects of founding a business, marketing and storytelling, finances and accounting, Swiss bureaucracy and pitching and leadership skills. All workshops will be designed and led by experts in the field, be as interactive as possible and include practical examples so that the participants gain insights from real life experiences and learn as much as possible within the limited time-frame. The SINGA Factory will start its first 6-month cycle in September 2017.

Alongside these weekly workshops, each of the participants, or SINGApreneurs, will be matched with a mentor who will accompany them throughout the program. Mentors will support the SINGApreneurs by sharing their professional and personal experiences, access to their own networks and advice on various aspects of living and working in Switzerland.

SINGA Switzerland is growing. While our energies are currently focused on the first cycle of the SINGA Factory and recruiting motivated coaches and mentors for the program, we are also looking to expand our SINGA Community. This will involve the organisation and hosting of various social and cultural activities. Two community projects already in the pipeline include a regular language meetup for German conversation practice, the SPRACHCAFÉ and movie, storytelling and cooking nights as part of our LIVING ROOM project. These are just a couple of the fun and easy going ways possible for people to meet, share ideas and expand their networks in Switzerland.

Would you like to be a part of an unprecedented program with real social impact? Or would you like to organize a social or cultural event for the SINGA Community? We are looking for experienced and motivated coaches and mentors who identify with SINGA’s mission and want to contribute their know-how to the program. We also encourage volunteers to get involved in our community activities like the SPRACHCAFÉ or LIVING ROOM or even create their own events!

We look forward to hearing from you!

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