Presentation Title

Overcoming Entrepreneurial Barriers for Female Youth Refugees

Student Presenter(s) and Advisor

Zaria Sydnor, Lake Forest CollegeFollow

Location

Lilliard Science Center A 044

Abstract

Young female refugees face employment and entrepreneurial opportunity barriers. To overcome cultural and economic obstacles, a five-phase program is proposed, consisting of: (1) orientation, (2) placement, (3) incubation, (4) assessment, and (5) self-sufficiency. The resources for developing business skills and entrepreneurial competency among young women include social media, frugal innovation practices, shared work spaces, start-up funding, and volunteer mentors. Strategic partners, such as Accion Chicago, Girl Forward, She is Safe, and World Relief, can offer connections for program implementation. Metrics to measure program success would include enterprise sustainability, loan repayments, and volunteer hours.

Presentation Type

Individual Presentation

Start Date

4-10-2018 9:00 AM

End Date

4-10-2018 10:15 AM

Panel

Entrepreneurial Barriers and Opportunities for Refugees

Panel Moderator

Les Dlabay

Field of Study for Presentation

Business, Economics, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, International Relations, Social Justice

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Overcoming Entrepreneurial Barriers for Female Youth Refugees

Lilliard Science Center A 044

Young female refugees face employment and entrepreneurial opportunity barriers. To overcome cultural and economic obstacles, a five-phase program is proposed, consisting of: (1) orientation, (2) placement, (3) incubation, (4) assessment, and (5) self-sufficiency. The resources for developing business skills and entrepreneurial competency among young women include social media, frugal innovation practices, shared work spaces, start-up funding, and volunteer mentors. Strategic partners, such as Accion Chicago, Girl Forward, She is Safe, and World Relief, can offer connections for program implementation. Metrics to measure program success would include enterprise sustainability, loan repayments, and volunteer hours.