PLACE

Updated: 10/04/2018

Solution provider

France

PLACE is a European project that aims to turn the ‘migrant crisis’ into an opportunity for growth by favouring migrant-led innovation. Our priority is the creation of products, services and new models of leadership by refugees and migrants as well as by the host civil society.

PLACE runs innovation labs where newcomers (refugees and migrants) build the projects they need to thrive in Europe. Labs are strongly context-specific but have common principles:

1. Labs are physical spaces, pop-up HQs for innovators and a window for the public.

2. Labs are user-led, with a strong, shared identity and culture created by their users.

3. Labs offer hands-on processes to create innovation, and connect users across labs.

Their results are empowered leaders, concrete collaboration across sectors on operational projects, and products and services that get progressively ready for the market by integrating the local entrepreneurial ecosystem. Labs also produce Catalysts, future leaders who influence the way migrant-led innovation is being perceived and organised around Europe by co-leading PLACE.

PLACE works closely with a collective of partners throughout Europe from private, public and civil society. These partners play active roles in PLACE's activities; including hosting PLACE Labs, co-investment, providing opportunities to PLACE Innovators and the co-designing of special interventions. Meanwhile, PLACE supports partners by applying it's expertise in interculturality and user centered design to strengthen their capacity to welcome more diverse populations into their own environments.

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