With this post we start a new series, where we introduce interesting companies, startups, initiatives or projects in the context of a specific topic where you can source inspirations for your projects. We start with presenting three of many incredible initiatives that focus on supporting refugees with inspiring solutions.


Kiron University

World-class education for refugees accessible worldwide


What is it about:
Without any requirements on legal documentations (e.g. city registration or school certificates), Kiron provides free university education for refugees, accessible everywhere with internet connection.
The first two years of the program is available online offering flexibility. However, there are certain entrance requirements for entering into the third year of the program, which Kiron would offer help and support.


Business Model Toolbox’s Opinion:

The platform is a game-changer in terms of breaking through the geographical and administrative barriers and offering free education for refugees. It also redefine university education in this fast-changing era of digitalization. Currently the service is based on donations and volunteering but Kiron plans as well to install revenue streams like a freemium model.
Source https://kiron.university/


Cucula Refugees Company for Crafts and Design

A project that does not accept current reality of refugees in Germany


What is it about:

To create a more welcoming culture, the project enables refugees to work together with designers on construction of design piece. Refugees can continue develop their portfolio even without legal status.
The revenue generated from selling the products will be used to finance living expenses and vocational trainings of refugees.


Business Model Toolbox’s Opinion: 

The self-sufficient financing model fosters self-efficacy among refugees, and helps destigmatise the refugees as victims.



Ueber den Tellerrand

Cooking without borders


What is it about:

A platform that aims to integrate refugees in a sustainable way! By having refugees sharing their cultures through cooking classes, the platform helps refugees to find purpose through new activities, while building more positive experience and perceptions towards migrants or refugees.


Business Model Toolbox’s Opinion: 

They gather recipes from refugees and publish a cookbook that generates revenue for the project. The cookbook does not only help to break through prejudice, but also to support the project to become financially sustainable.
Source: https://ueberdentellerrandkochen.de/


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