University of Twente was last week a home base for aspiring refugee entrepreneurs. Fourteen young Syrian refugees from a pre-startup school Delitelabs came to work on their business ideas.  Delitelabs is a non-profit foundation offering free of charge intensive courses for aspiring entrepreneurs. The initiative is based in Amsterdam and focuses on teaching refugees and young unemployed people, who wish to explore entrepreneurship and develop their professional ideas.

Delitelabs and UT-based initiative PC3 (Product Co-Creation Centers) are joining forces. Their integrated project ‘Enschede Refugees Entrepreneurial Iniative’ (EREI) will start at the beginning of 2017. It will be based in Twente. Arise member Juan Jauregui-Becker will be involved in this new initiative which will be integrated into the local startup ecosystem and linked to the University of Twente. Delitelabs should serve as the first stepping stone, where students can define their business ideas before entering PC3 program and really getting their projects off the ground.