ICI : supporting the creation of VSB / professional integration
The shortage of jobs in France is hitting the most vulnerable particularly hard, especially single parents and refugees: 40% of the former live below the poverty line and 40% of the latter are among the long-term unemployed. For them, entrepreneurship can be a springboard to inclusion. But, in general, half of businesses do not survive any longer than 5 years. It is, therefore, becoming absolutely vital to provide these vulnerable project leaders with increased support to give them every possible opportunity to keep their businesses going.
ICI : Enabling sustainable inclusion and meeting regional needs
In 2018, Entrepreneurs du Monde created the ICI (Incubation Creation Inclusion) project in Lyon to promote the lasting socio-economic inclusion of people who are vulnerable or on the verge of poverty. The team helps them to set up businesses that meet one of the region’s needs: sustainable catering. This support in a growing market gives entrepreneurs a real chance of success and viability.
The methodology of ICI – Incubation, Création, Inclusion
Project leaders are welcomed and are helped to remove the obstacles to their integration, in partnership with local public and private organisations. Those who have realistic business projects receive support: they are individually monitored by a volunteer mentor and take part in training provided by the team or by experts (business strategy, accounting, law, insurance, etc.). The others are directed towards our local partners, who are better able to meet their needs.
Support by Entrepreneurs du Monde
As with all the programmes it creates and incubates, Entrepreneurs du Monde is structuring and supporting the ICI programme to help it become autonomous in every aspect. The team’s main aim is to ensure that it achieves financial viability. It is looking into what is the most appropriate type of legal structure and exploring self-financing opportunities. If the results of this first programme in France are positive, Entrepreneurs du Monde will extend its model to other regions and open the door to the creation of businesses in other promising sectors.