Innovation Conference on Integration

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Conference on the challenges of migration

 Having received thousands of refugees in Germany we are gradually facing the challenges of integration.We will have to focus resources and energy on effective and powerful concepts. But we do not have to reinvent the wheel: there are well established ideas proven in Germany and abroad that can be spread.

Ashoka, together with competent partners, has searched for the most reliable concepts attempting the integration of refugees – from language acquisition and integration into the employment market through to interfaith understanding – in the worldwide Ashoka network. In a multistage selection process 13 outstanding national and international concepts were identified as especially relevant für Germany. The leaders of these innovative concepts – we call them “Social Entrepreneurs” – get support to spread their solutions in Germany. 

At the Innovation Conference on Integration on 18-19 March 2016, we matched these 13 Social Entrepreneurs with stakeholders from business, social welfare organizations, politics and administration who are interested in supporting or adopting the new concepts. At the conference, foundations of strategic partnerships for the scaling of the innovative ideas were layed.

The Innovation Conference on Integration was part of the Hello Festival, a three-day event including a TEDxSalon and a streetfootball tournament.

Call for Applications: Innovation Fund For Integration

Regardless if you attended the conference or not: Would you like to introduce or implement one of the presented approaches in Germany? Then apply for a grant from the Innovation Fund For Integration. The Innovation Fund was initiated by Ashoka, betterplace.org and Zalando for this purpose and currently stands, with the help of many donations, at more than 220.000 € (as of 31.3.2016). Applications will be accepted until May 15, 2016.

Please find the Call for Applications here.

You can download the application form here.

You can donate here.

Do you have questions?

Please contact us at khinze@ashoka.org

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