Training Refugees in Entrepreneurial Skills using Digital Devices


TREND (Training Refugees in Entrepreneurial Skills using Digital Devices) is an European Union funded initiative that aims at helping refugees set up their own business.

This is done by training the trainers working with refugees on entrepreneurship issues and helping inform refugees on how self employment is a viable option for them in Europe.

Norway’s Foreningen Mikrofinans Norge is leading the consortium. AKEP will administer the program in Greece with the other participants being Iepscf Jemappes (Belgium), KulturLife GmbH (German) and Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology (Ireland).

The TREND initiative is part of the European Commission’s Erasmus+ adult learning program and will run for three years.

For the first six months of the project, research will be developed by the consortium mapping existing tools and methods aimed at training refugee entrepreneurs in the countries involved. At a later stage, trainers will be trained on how this knowledge can be passed onto end users of the program (refugees and migrants).


  • Entrepreneurship trainers working- or wishing to work with refugees
  • This project answers to which need(s): There is not enough entrepreneurial trainers with skills to train refugee entrepreneurs
  • Existing entrepreneurship training is not well suited to meet the needs of potential refugee entrepreneurs

Main aim: Make self employment a viable option for refugees in Europe by training entrepreneurial trainer and using digital devices.

The objectives of the program are:

  • Build on skills that refugees bring to Europe, job creation through self-employment
  • Make visible what refugees have to offer through mobile profiling with multi-media micro CVs
  • Provide training materials/content focused on the needs of refugees using a blended learning approach
  • Apply train the trainers concept to virally increase the number of entrepreneur trainers with skills to train refugees
  • Provide trainers with attractive tools using mobile learning techniques
  • Linking trainers and refugees using digital communication devices (mobile and web applications)
  • Promoting entrepreneurship as job creating solution
  • Raise awareness of the enormous potential of positive impact refugees can have on society and thus change attitudes towards refugees in society