If you work with vulnerable people, the first thing you learn is that what “these people” want, is not being labelled vulnerable. Therefore we avoid terms like “refugees” or “distance to the labour market” and address our participants through their talents.
DELITELABS’ goal is to support aspiring entrepreneurs in developing and realizing professional projects and thus activating entrepreneurial spirit.
DELITELABS achieves this by offering an intensive program targeted at individuals who are contemplating their own business as a viable alternative in a difficult labor market.
We do so by creating a ‘safe zone’ for learning theory, exploring ideas, as well as experiencing the emotional journey typically encountered by early stage startup entrepreneurs. In short, DELITELABS startup school stimulates it’s participants to excel in the early stages until actually incorporating a business.
DELITELABS is driven by the believe that underutilized capabilities, especially of young people, and the lack of professional perspectives are one of the most critical challenges of our society. DELITELABS seeks to inspire and activate its participants. We believe that “if you put people of different backgrounds into one room, shake it sufficiently well and add a pinch of professionalization, amazing things can happen”. Therefore we keep the entry barriers as low as possible: by subsidizing our core activities through corporate trainings, we allow those wo need it the most to participate.
DELITELABS has been founded as a foundation in Amsterdam in 2015. We then have successfully conducted Pre-acceleration courses for youth in Valencia, Spain in 2015 as well as for “Newcomers” in Amsterdam in 2016. In total we have validated our methdology with more than a 100 participants over the past 2 years.
DELITELABS’ pivot towards newcomers in 2016 is attributed to the REBUILD initiative. REBUILD is included in the action plan “The next step” of deputy major of the city of Amsterdam, Kajsa Ollongren and is supported by many organizations and entrepreneurs.
Start DELITELABS in your town
We are very glad to be part of the MAGNET project of the European commission to co-develop the migrant entrepreneurship best practices in Europe. However, nice tools and methods are one thing. Another thing is to actually set up an inclusive start-up school that has the potential to be subsidy independent. Are you interested in setting up a DELITELABS in your town? Just reach out [email link to CH] and we will find out if we can help you with our blue print and experience. But be warned, it is quite an undertaking!
For complicance with ANBI we are obliged to publish our policy and plans on our website. Read more in the following presentation
TRAINERS & MENTORS (our stars)
- Business Development Manager Are you an experienced business developer who is as passionate about entrepreneurship and inclusion as we are? We would love to hear from you!
- Manager Startup Advisory Did you run your own startup or you have tons of experience in advising startups and giving trainings? We would love to hear from you!
Don’t see a vacancy that fits you? We are always looking for enthusiastic professionals that want to make a difference by allowing more people to explore entrepreneurship as their means of economic (re)integration. If you are located in or close to Amsterdam, please send us an email with your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please let us know how you think you can best help us growing DELITELABS. We are looking forward!
And – if you only have a few hours every other month, please consider becoming one of our lecturers, or one of our mentors with a few hours per week. You can sign up here!
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