Travelogue – Refugee Entrepreneurs Denmark and CO:LAB in Copenhagen

Written by Eline Vitsø Bjørnstad, Elise Maria Irgens & Kjersti Blauenfeldt Næss

 

We went from NTNU School of Entrepreneurship in Trondheim, Norway to Copenhagen, Denmark, to visit the incubator Refugee Entrepreneurs Denmark (RED), KPH Projects, CO:LAB and to do interviews for our master thesis. The purpose was to get a better understanding of how refugee incubators work and what services are important for entrepreneurs with a refugee background.

We arrived in Copenhagen early in the morning. After checking in to our hotel and after a short breakfast on the go, we went to meet the first entrepreneur from the incubator Refugee Entrepreneurs Denmark. He had invited us to his bike shop in Nørrebro in Copenhagen City Center.

 

After a very inspiring meeting with the fantastic entrepreneur from Syria, our journey proceeded to the Danish Refugee Council and CO:LAB, where we got a better understanding of how the Danish Refugee Council use entrepreneurship as an integration method and to create jobs.

 

The following day we desk-surfed at the incubator R.E.D where we worked and got to know more of the refugee entrepreneurs from R.E.D and the co-founder and CEO. We also visited KPH Projects and got a house tour in their incubator full of interesting, hard-working social entrepreneurs. The incubators are located in the same building, full of inspiring startups working to solve UNs Sustainable Development Goals. There are startups both working with local social impact projects and international.