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Meet 15 Amazing Entrepreneurs Focused On Serving Migrants, Refugees, And Human Trafficking Survivors.

Since October 2019, these 15 social entrepreneurs — focused on restoring dignity to some of the world’s most marginalized people — have been working alongside Miller Center mentors on improving and scaling their businesses. As the Social Entrepreneurship at the Margins accelerator draws to a close, the world looks a lot different than it did when the program started. We have converted our final, in-depth In-Residence program into a virtual event.

Each social entrepreneur who will be attending the Virtual In-Residence has created a short 2-minute pitch of their organization, all of which are linked above. In lieu of meeting them in person, we hope you’ll take a few minutes to “meet” these entrepreneurs working to create a world in which we end modern-day slavery and better support displaced people in building safe and thriving lives for their families.

Fifteen enterprises will be attending the In-Residence, of which 9 are women-led enterprises. The organizations are a mix of for-profit, nonprofit, and hybrid businesses and, on average, have been in operation for 3-4 years. They are creating impact in over 25 countries, mainly in Europe, East Africa, North America, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. Of the 15, ImmSchools, Kakuma Ventures, and Tulip Addis Water Filter are led by migrants or refugees themselves, which drove them to create organizations from their own personal experiences. Our entrepreneurs are working to fill the gaps that humanitarian aid simply isn’t meeting, and to empower these vulnerable populations to be architects of their own futures.

Reach out to Marie Haller (mhaller@scu.edu) if you’d like to be put in touch with any of the organizations to learn more or attend our culminating networking event on September 23, 2020.

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Behind the scenes: Takeaways from our cohort selection process

Mentors have been carefully selected and introductions have been made to the 21 social enterprises joining Miller Center’s new cohort, Social Entrepreneurship at the Margins (SEM). After spending January through April recruiting these entrepreneurs from a pool of over 100 applicants, it feels exciting to finally start learning and collaborating together.
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