New Roots

 

New Roots is a bespoke mentoring and peer-to-peer support programme for entrepreneurial refugees. It will open up access to the resources, networks and expertise that they need to help transform their ideas into thriving enterprises and careers. New Roots is a programme which has been created in partnership with GoDaddy.

Who is it for?

Are you from a refugee or migrant background?

Do you have the right to work in the UK?

We’d love for you to apply. Email: Nuno.Menezes@impacthub.net or call 02078413450 for more information.

What do you get?
Mentoring

We are offering 1-1 mentoring support here in London. These sessions will play an important role in identifying and pursuing medium to long-term professional goals and help mentees to break through the barriers to entrepreneurship.

Monthly training

We are offering various capacity building workshops throughout the programme. These workshops will help participants on their journey, either towards entrepreneurship or to find a job.

Peer learning

The programme will also support mentors to support their mentees in the best possible way. We will do this via quarterly peer learning sessions and offering support throughout. Sign up to be a mentor here. 

Meet the 2019 cohort!
Marta Hinestroza

Marta came to the UK as a refugee from Colombia and set up Pueblito Paisa -A community centre for the Latino community in London. They offer free legal advice and counseling to the local community, while simultaneously serving mouth-watering Colombian delicacies and coffee.  Marta is working to standardise her offer to make it sustainable. She is also developing a strategy to help other traders to move to a new marketplace in Seven Sisters.

Fadi Sofi

Fadi developed Talent Engineering & Asset Management (TEAM) an HR software developed to support SMEs to manage their day-to-day activities, payroll and project management while completing his PhD. With his software almost ready to go to market, he is currently working on a sales strategy and market entry strategy for the educational sector in India, and the Middle East.

Mariwan Karim

Mariwan is in the initial stages of opening up a ceramics studio. He is currently an art technician in a school but has always wanted to open his own studio focusing on throwing technique, hand building, Slip casting, and printing on Clay (screen Print and Mono print and painting on ceramics). He is also exploring and decorative homeware.

Fikayo Balogun

Fikayo currently works for Transport for London and has an ambition to start a Nigerian food business. She is undertaking market research about the various options for a food business (restaurant, food truck, delivery-only etc.) and the legal requirements and certifications necessary to set-up in the UK. Fikayo plans to start testing her business idea through a supper club to refine her menu offer.

Beatrice Fasoranti

Beatrice founded and runs a charity supporting people who have experienced homelessness in the UK and Nigeria. She also works full-time as a social worker.  The charity provides meals and clothing to people in need and have so far been dependent on charitable donations. Beatrice is keen to transform her charity into a sustainable organisation by developing her fundraising strategy and new income streams to grow the support she is able to provide her beneficiaries.

Luz Yolima Cuellas

Luz developed and launched a mobile app called UK Latinos which aims to help integrate the Spanish speaking community in the UK. Through the app Luz shares local and national news, cultural experiences, educational and employment opportunities, all accessible for Spanish speakers that would otherwise struggle because of the language barrier.  Luz wants to grow the number of users on her app, and partner with businesses advertising their services, to gain a greater reach and support more members of the Spanish speaking community in the UK.

Woin Tegegn

Luz developed and launched a mobile app called UK Latinos which aims to help integrate the Spanish speaking community in the UK. Through the app Luz shares local and national news, cultural experiences, educational and employment opportunities, all accessible for Spanish speakers that would otherwise struggle because of the language barrier.  Luz wants to grow the number of users on her app, and partner with businesses advertising their services, to gain a greater reach and support more members of the Spanish speaking community in the UK.

Alkabir Basem

Alkabir is working as an apprentice in the BBC’s digital content creation department but has always had a desire to run his own business. Alkabir wants to start importing high-quality coffee to the UK from East Africa and is currently doing market research into the legal requirements and regulations for importing coffee, potential suppliers and clients and a competitor analysis in the UK.

Oku Abara

Oku has an ambition to launch an ethical online based property lettings business. With years of experience in the London property lettings market and having been homeless and struggling to access suitable and affordable rental property himself, Oku wants to put together a considerate property lettings company. One that is flexible, affordable and able to provide accessible and alternative housing options to individuals. He is currently working on his business plan and developing his service offer.

Peyman Heydarian

Peyman is an award-winning music scientist and santur performer. A computer scientist and musicologist, he adopted innovative tuning systems and performance techniques to play a multi-ethnic repertoire on the Iranian santur and developed computer algorithms for the analysis of Persian musical signals. Peyman currently teaches performance and music technology courses at London universities while running his music and performance business which he wants to focus on, to grow his portfolio of events and audience reach.

Esmail Abhollahi

Esmail is a skilled glazer with 8 years of experience. Esmail founded Shiny Glass in the UK supplying and installing glass splashbacks in kitchens, shower enclosures, walk-on glass, skylights and all things glass. Esmail is currently working on a strategy to increase his client base, build his company’s web presence to reach a wider audience, and gain the appropriate professional certifications in the UK to be able to grow his business.

Sulaiman Othoman

Sulaiman is journalist and broadcaster with over 17 years experience in the industry in the Middle East. Sulaiman wants to start an online magazine celebrating culture and art, focusing  on contemporary art from the Middle East region and providing a window to explore the wealth of Middle Eastern creativity with the wider public. Sulaiman also plans to use the online magazine to sell artwork to a UK audience, and he is currently developing and building his online platform.

Ellon Ninsiima

Ellon ran a business in East Africa for 5 years and always wanted to do the same in the UK. Ellon wants to open a retail business selling unique handmade African crafts like the one she had run previously, but to the UK market. She is currently doing a competitor analysis, research into potential suppliers from East Africa and the different sales channels to reach the UK market.

Nafisa Ahmed

Nafisa is an experienced chef with 5 food certificates and extensive experience in the food industry in her home country of Sudan. She previously started a small business selling food at a market stall, but after developing back problems this became unsustainable. Nafisa is keen to use her culinary skills and once again start a business in the food industry that is sustainable and is currently doing market research into the different models she could use for her business.

Ibrahim Kosso

Ibrahim has recently come to the UK and wants to open an East African and Yemeni restaurant. He is a talented cook who loves cooking traditional Yemeni dishes and wants to use his skills to start a business. Ibrahim is currently working on a business plan, doing research into competitors and the best business model to use to start and test his idea.

Cielo Zapata

Cielo works full time in student services for a university but always had the ambition to start her own business. She wants to create a service to support others from the Latino community through language training courses and by creating links to established Latino entrepreneurs in the UK for mentorship and advice. Cielo is currently doing market research into other organisations offering a similar offer in London and building a network of Latino entrepreneurs.

Daphine Wokuri

Daphine has years of professional cooking experience from when she used to work for the diplomatic services, and now in the UK she wants to start her own food business. Daphine’s ambition is to open up a restaurant and she is currently doing some market research into the food market in her local area, competitors and suppliers, as well as the best business model to start her food business.

Mashal Saddiq

Maschal has an online retail business where she sells interior design products like cushion covers and coasters alongside her full-time role in HR. Maschal has the ambition to grow her online business so that she can dedicate herself to it full-time and is currently focusing on redeveloping her website as well as an online marketing strategy and customer acquisition strategy so she can grow her client base and sales revenue.

Koroush Kapour

Koroush is a highly accomplished educationalist, human rights activist and a doctoral researcher with over 16 years teaching experience in Sciences, Social Research Methods, and International Education and Development. Koroush wants to make use of his extensive knowledge in the educational sector to develop a service supporting the Kurdish youth in the UK in accessing and attaining education and maximising their potential and is currently developing his business plan and service offer.

Lazken Ismail

Lazken came to the UK from Syria three years ago and turned his passion for music into a business idea. Through Zara music Lazken organises music events, as well as importing and selling musical instruments but has had trouble getting his business off the ground. Lazken wants to grow his current business by reaching a wider audience for events and increasing his sales revenue of musical instruments.

 

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