CREME Annual Conference on Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship

On 10 November 2022, MILE participated in CREME’s (Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship) 26th Annual Ethnic Minority Business Conference. Supported by Lloyds Banking Group the theme this year was: ‘Towards a New Agenda for Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship’. The annual conference brings together leading researchers and examples from the world of business support to highlight how we can work together to promote our dynamic and vibrant entrepreneurial community that is genuinely open to all. The conference was hybrid, with capacity for delegates to attend in person at the University and online via Zoom.

As part of this year’s edition, MILE contributed to the programme with a session on “European perspectives on Migrant Entrepreneurship”, organised by UNITEE with local perspectives from Madrid, Athens, Amsterdam and Utrecht on how entrepreneurship can become a tool to promote the inclusion and participation of migrants and refugees in Europe.

The speakers of the session were:

  • Dr JuanFra Alvarado Valenzuela, Senior Researcher & Educator in Entrepreneurship, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences; specialised in entrepreneurship, social projects, migration trends, personal connections and cross-cultural bridging.
  • Antonina Melody Casino, member of DIWATA (Determined Independent Women in Action for Total Advancement) in Athens, Greece; teacher at Munting Nayon Cultural School, a school initially set up to support Filipino mothers, and now also other migrant communities, in accessing the labor market or running a business.
  • Dr Leendert de Bell, professor for sustainable labour participation of refugees at the Research Centre for Social Innovation (University of Applied Sciences Utrecht), academic staff member at the Centre for Entrepreneurship (Utrecht University) and involved the entrepreneurship program at ‘Plan Einstein’
  • Jennifer Riveiro Ilende, Spanish and Equatorial Guinean lawyer specialised in Immigration and Commercial Law; co-founder and managing partner at the law firm Ilende and Partners in Madrid, Spain

The conference featured five sessions covering the following topics:

Session 1: Grasping the Size of The Prize: The Value of Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship and An Agenda for Change
Session 2: International Trailblazers – Recognising the Potential of Diaspora Entrepreneurs
Session 3: European Perspectives on Migrant Entrepreneurship
Session 4: Crisis and Renewal in Key Sectors
Session 5: Looking to the Future and Closing Reflections