In October 2017 the EU’s Urban Innovative Actions fund awarded more than £4m to Coventry, Birmingham and Wolverhampton for the MiFriendly Cities project, a 3-year initiative that will look to develop innovative, community-led and sustainable approaches to enhancing the contribution of refugees and migrants across the region.
By bringing together 11 partner organisations – including the local authorities from each city – the project will deliver an exciting programme of activities designed to create opportunities and to push the boundaries of what has been previously attempted in the EU.
We aim to…
- Develop an innovative approach to migration that can be adopted cities across Europe
- Build partnerships between local citizens, civil society, industry and government
- Strengthen the social and economic fabric of the West Midlands
The three year project which has just started will deliver capacity building activities including:
- Training of 40 participants to support them in setting up viable social enterprises in the WM on the theme MiFriendly cities. Participants will attend a range of workshops/masterclasses designed to support them through all aspects of setting up and running a social enterprise business, with each to be given the CU Social Enterprise Entrepreneur Toolkit.
- Coventry University Social Enterprise’s Enterprise Hub will provide ongoing mentorship for participants to develop their ideas. All enterprises started through the project will have access to support from CUSE, Intellectual Property Rights Team and the Coventry & Warwickshire Incubation Team and the Coventry & Warwickshire Incubation Programme.
- In line with the entrepreneurial nature of this work package this activity will include a financial scheme to support up to 16 social enterprise start-ups. CUSE will manage a financial investment fund of 80,000 Euro available for up to 16 social enterprise ideas