Science, Innovation, Technology & Engagement for Societal Welfare


 SITE4Society Events: Conversations between people who are changing the world 

and the academic community which is doing research about change

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A UNU-MERIT Event Series

4th SITE4Society Event

Meet our Entrepreneurs who have come from far-away lands

Date: Wednesday, November 28th, 2018

Time: 15.15pm – 17.30pm

Place: Maastricht School of Management, (Endepolsdomein 150, 6229 EP Maastricht)

Focus: Entrepreneurs who came to Netherlands as migrants or refugees, the challenges they faced and how they overcame them

Meet our Entrepreneurs who have come from far-away lands

Migrants form an important source of human and social capital in all countries. Under welcoming systems, they can contribute to economic growth and local development in diverse ways. Entrepreneurship is often the route taken for integration and survival in a new country, when employment in the formal sector is not possible. Then what are the factors in a national system that help or hinder refugee and migrant businesses? To gain a better understanding of this issue, the fourth SITE4Society workshop will feature refugee and migrant entrepreneurs from the Limburg region.

Our entrepreneurs will share with us their experiences and provide insights about the drivers of their decision to develop their own business, the different phases of their evolution, the role of the ecosystem and how academic institutes have or could potentially support these initiatives.

They are being requested to provide their insights on the following questions that are at the core of entrepreneurship studies, based on their personal experiences, such as:

  • Drivers of becoming an entrepreneur: A lot of entrepreneurship in the world is by necessity rather than by choice. What was it in your case? Why?
  • Starting of business: What factors helped you to create a business? How did you build your resource, manpower and capability base? Were these -factors also constraining your vision and plans in any way?
  • Take off: Do you feel that your business has “taken off” i.e. it is breaking even in a sustainable manner. How did you manage to do this?
  • Growth: Can you identify any phases of your growth? Did you change anything along the way in your business to succeed? What did you do? Why?
  • Future plans: How do you see your business 10 years from now?
  • Questions for academic community: Can we help your business through our research in any way?


So, be there, hear their stories, ask your questions and become part of this big, international entrepreneurial family!


Organization Committee: Shyama V. Ramani, Serdar Turkeli, Nasrat Sayed, Maria Tomai, Katrin Marchand

… with special thanks to Jarrod Ormiston and Joan van Geel

Former SITE4Society events:

June 13-14, 2018 Download: SITE4Society Event3

February 9, 2018 Download: SITE4Society Event2

Prof. Dr. Shyama Ramani’s reflections on SITE4Society Event No2: Download: SITE4Society_blog_LP

November 1, 2017  Download: SITE4Society Event1