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YMCB developed a pre-start entrepreneurship programme integrating training and mentoring, to which is added a valuable set of information about access to finance, to support prospective young migrant entrepreneurs further develop their business idea and reinforce their capacities. A set of tools and materials, listed below, was developed with a great potential for further uptake or replication. These tools and materials might be used together or separately by

Developed tools and materials are described below and available free-of-charge for further use. Moreover, other YMCB deliverables and materials  are accessible in a section below. 

YMCB e-learning platform helps students to learn in an innovative and interactive way. It contains

  • four modules for prospective entrepreneurs (Idea generation; How to write a business model; Opening a business abroad; Business communication),
  • one module on financial education dedicated to professionals,
  • repository of  contents  and exercises for trainers that can be used for their training activities.

Each module is composed of main learning materials, practical exercises, additional materials (animated slides, audio-visual materials) and an open community to discuss the most interesting aspects.

The digital vademecum for trainers is an instrument realised to share the methodology and create the conditions for learning. The design of the YMCB training plan was structured not only on learning outcomes, but also on the training methodologies that can most appropriately be implemented.

The vademecum pays particular attention to methods that put the participants in connection with their professional and life experiences, with the problems found in daily work practice and how these can be solved.

The mentoring handbook, provides concise background information for individuals interested in acting as mentors, explaining the definition of mentoring, the role of mentors, types and stages of mentoring, do’s and don’ts and – quite central – required skills of a mentor and suggestion of tools and methods.

In addition, training materials for mentors in form of two theoretical presentations and a set of practical communication skills training exercises were developed. These exercises can be implemented well also together with the mentees.

The working document discusses the financial needs of (young) refugees and migrants wishing to engage in self-employment or intending to start their own micro or small enterprise, with special reference to distinct phases they find themselves in (newly arrived, preparing to start), growing and integrating, identify appropriate financial instruments and packages (external/internal finance raised from formal and informal/virtual sources and composed of both short-term and long-termcapital) and illustrate how professionals dealing with his target groups can ensure adequate service delivery.

  • Information on financing issues for migrant entrepreneurs, mentors, trainers and staff of financial intermediaries.
  • Training modules on Access to Financing for both migrant and refugee entrepreneurs, trainers, coaches, and staff of financial intermediaries.
  • Guidelines for dissemination of information packages for trainers, coaches, and staff of financial intermediaries. 
  • Training modules for training of coaches, mentors, and staff of financial intermediaries on access to financing in individual programmes supporting/rendering services to migrant and refugee entrepreneurs.