This set of initiatives aim to strengthen the link between business and citizens, stressing the benefits that a multi-lingual and multi-cultural background can bring to enterprises. These initiatives include international partnerships, local agreement and start-up incubators; cities also offer leadership and entrepreneurship trainings.  

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Lisbon - Study on diversity in the economy and local integration (DELI)

Lisbon, Portugal

The City of Lisbon, in the framework of DELI (Diversity in the Economy and Local Integration) project, carried out a study on diversity in the economy and local integration. The study aims to support the analysis and strategies concerning the role and development of immigrant entrepreneurialism...

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A platform for networking

Santa Maria da Feira - Diversity and migration as a door to new markets

Santa Maria da Feira, Portugal

Santa Maria da Feira, a municipality on the outskirts of Oporto, in northern Portugal, is adapting to the reality of cultural diversity in a surprising way. Spurred by the municipality, the local business community is exploring new opportunities presented by migration: The presence of people from...

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Entrepreneur club to support migrants’ business initiatives

Tilburg - Diversity Undertaking Tilburg (DOT)

Tilburg, Netherlands

In general it appears that whilst many people of minority background turn to small business as a the most viable form of employment, few have progressed out of specific ‘ethnic economies’ to become major players in the economy as a whole. In Tilburg, two entrepreneur clubs are active in the field...

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Trainings to boost citizens’ carreers

Stavanger - Bilfinger Industry Company, start-up incubator and leaderaship training

Stavanger, Norway

The Bilfinger Industry Company has taken the practical approach of organizing its business processes almost complete bilingually into Norwegian and Polish; The city has a business start-up incubator which recruits from the university and 50% per year of 20 students are of foreign-origin. The...

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Towards international cooperation

Bergen - New International Plan for Bergen

Bergen, Norway

Bergen has put into practice several policies to encourage international cooperation. A new International Plan for the city is been prepared by the municipality. Funding for international cooperation is integrated in the budgets of different departments, such as the cultural affairs department or...

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City positioning as a provider of services and place for business investment

Oslo - Open and creative capital: city strategy for international cooperation

Oslo, Norway

The city’s international policy is described in the 2002 city council white paper ”Strategy for the international cooperation of City of Oslo”. International impulses and benchmarking – especially within Europe and the Nordic region – contributes to development of the city as a provider of...

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Providing information and strengthening awareness about business development for most vulnerable

Amadora - “Amadora Empreende” Programme

Amadora, Portugal

The Programme “Amadora Empreende” seeks to identify, with the young population and from people in situations of social vulnerability of Amadora, individual entrepreneurial initiatives by providing the necessary conditions for developing a business idea. With two distinct points of action: “ A...

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Multitude of initiatives to strengthen the city’s competiveness

Barcelona - “Do It in Barcelona”: attracting creative and entrepreneurial talents

Barcelona, Spain

Broaden and strengthen the training offer for adults through new programmes adapted to encourage the learning of the language, regulated training at adult education schools and employment training. Training of experts responsible for assisting users from different places of origin in employment...

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Local government takes stance on integrating minority business

Oslo - Bringing diversity into the Norwegian business

Oslo, Norway

The City Council’s Office for Business Development has taken an active stance on integrating minority businesses. The greatest problem they have is with the complexity of Norwegian rules and regulations regarding taxation and business practice. Many small business contravene the law without...

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Encouraging intercultural mixing and competences in both public and private sectors

Bergen - The Future Workplace and the Global Future projects

Bergen, Norway

According to the answers provided in the survey, the ethnic background of public employees reflects the composition of the city's population only at the lower levels. However, Bergen has put into practice a specific recruitment strategy to ensure that the ethnic background of public employees...

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