Green Gown Awards 2020 - Aston University - Finalist

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RWAD (‘entrepreneurs’ in Arabic)

RWAD provides: a) a novel service to aspiring refugee entrepreneurs which focuses on innovative design, information technology and finance; b) opportunities to integrate participants into a diverse range of powerful business support networks; c) and sustainability, by offering entry into specialist business support programmes designed to accelerate the growth of businesses beyond the start-up phase. 

RWAD has been refined and developed over the last six years to suit and accommodate its beneficiaries’ needs. The vast majority of RWAD entrepreneurs remain an active part of its network, with some volunteering as mentors and facilitators. RWAD is also supported by a formidable ecosystem of project partners: CREME, (ACG), ACH Ltd and Citizens UK. 

Top 3 learnings:

  1. Working with refugee entrepreneurs who are eager for success, as well as the wider community that is willing to give a helping hand, makes RWAD a dynamic and continuous learning and engaging process.  
  2. Social responsibility and sustainability mind-set are an integral part of refugee entrepreneurship.  
  3. To be proud of being part of the West Midlands inclusive and vibrant eco-system that is set to help refugees and disadvantaged entrepreneurs to thrive.