12 WEEKS - 14 FELLOWS - 1 MISSION

DEVELOPING GAMECHANGING SOLUTIONS IN THE CONTEXT OF MASS MIGRATION

Our mission

The RIC was created to apply state of the art Methodologies from the Start Up world to the challenges that emerged in the context of mass migration. It is our expressed goal to find nationally and historically significant solutions. Additionally we are experimenting with new forms of idea generation and incubation for social entrepreneurs.

The Methodology

The process is designed to accelerate learning by keeping focused on the essentials so that the teams have a steep learning curve and build something that truly makes a difference. It is based on state-of-the-art methods such as Design Thinking, The Lean Start Up and the Business Model Canvas.

The Participants

The participants are a highly diverse crowd from different countries…

Team

The particpants formed teams focusing on housing and integration, levraging the potential of refugees even before they are allowed to work, improving language learning oportunities for high potentials, making information on higher education more accesible for refugees and creating opportuniteis for higher education.

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REFUGEE INNOVATION CHALLENGE

The Refugee Innovation Challenge (RIC) is a 12 week incubation program where participants, the RIC Fellows, focus on building game-changing solutions to problems in the context of mass migration.

Looking within We started with a few days in nature. Taking time to get to know one another and build a common vision and culture. We took time for introspection and to work on personal mission statements to make sure that emerging projects would be rooted in the fellows’ personal life mission.

Problems/ Outside experts We collected a variety of problems in the sector and invited outside experts and key stakeholders from the municipality, social workers and civil society to share about the key problems that they see.

Forming teams Based on an initial understanding of the problems at hand, one’s own priorities and each other’s personalities the Fellows formed initial teams.

Developing solutions The newly formed teams try to understand the reality of their target group as closely as possible. This is done mainly through observation and interviews. Hundreds of interviews were held and even a sleepover in a camp was made possible. Once the teams understand the needs, desired gains, tasks and perceptions of their target group they look for innovative solutions and test them.
Once the most fundamental assumptions of the idea are successfully tested, a business model is developed and followed by the implementation of a Minimum Viable Product.The tools that inspire our process are: Design Thinking, the Lean Start Up and the Business Model Generation.

Pitch On the 6th of October 2016, the teams will present their tested solutions to a selected audience to find support.

Outlook We are taking time to see in which ways we can point successful teams to receive the adequate support to build game changing social enterprises.

The Fellows

The fellows come from different walks of life that bring in diverse experience and knowledge. Locals and Refugees, professionals and recent university graduates, marketing experts, a former refugee camp leader, social entrepreneurship enthusiasts, engineers, texters and more ranging in age from 20 into their X0s. What unites us is our resolve and desire to develop innovative and game-changing solutions.
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Homayoon Pardis

Team Housing and Integration
This is Homayoon Pardis from Afghanistan. I am from the newcomers in Deutschland. I have bachelor degree in Literature. I speak Farsi, English & a little Deutsch. I have already worked as project manager & fundraiser officer for 8 years with international organizations in Afghanistan. Happy to work as a refugee on Refugee Crisis.
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Jasmin Mir

Team Housing and Integration
I study International Relations in Freiburg and Maastricht, and spent the past year in Ankara and Tehran. Besides my studies, I held German literacy classes for Farsi-speaking refugees.Growing up biculturally, intercultural understanding has always been close to my heart.
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Simon Rebitzer

Team Housing and Integration
After cancelling my job as an environmental engineer I’ve taught Solar Technology in Ethiopia. This experience gave me the last impulse to work in the social sector. Because of the entrepreneurial frame and gamechanging vision of the RIC I’ve to decided to participate.
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Anne Busch

Team Empowerment
After finshing my studies in Cultural Sciences I volunteered at Goethe Institut in Jordan. Back in Germany I worked in an advertising agency and studied communications management. After 3 years I’ve realized that this doesn’t make me happy and have finally decided to follow my heart.
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Batoul Alshtiwi

Team Empowerment
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Philipp Innecken

Team Empowerment
Working in a refugee camp I saw that it is difficult to execute good ideas because there is not enough time to work on them constantly in order to implement them. That’s why I choose to work in this more free context hoping to find solutions that add value and contribute to both individuals and society.
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Regina Fröhlich

Team Empowerment
I am a musicologist living in Hamburg. I became part of the Refugee Innovation Challenge because I want to address the question of how society is shaped by the people living in it and how we can let all of them participate.
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Insa Mingers

Team Language Learning
“Trying to improve working conditons for locals as a member of a works council for some years, I decided to finally throw my energy in what my heart asks me to: promote intercultural communication. Still working as a translation manager I am lucky the RIC offers me a starting point for this decision and a team sharing my beliefs, goals, and dreams. “
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Mahdeya Abdallah

Team Language Learning
I am an engineer, I will combine my technical background with my experience working with international NGOs in development projects.Being a refugee now with german educational background enables me to participate in social entrepreneurship for good living together.
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Michelle Yang

Team Language Learning
I am a global citizen, polyglot, believer and (social) entrepreneur. My experience is a patchwork ranging from trading, consulting to development work in countries like Brazil, China and Ghana. My vision is to touch lives and create deep social changes through social entrepreneurship.
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Ulrike Hagelberg

Team Language Learning
I grew up in different cultures. After my studies in the field of clinical phonetic and linguistics, I have worked several years in managing public relations on medical and educational topics. Mutal help, tolerance and compassion have always been very important to me – I’d love to create an impact for a humane and social society.
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Yonas Hadgu

Team Language Learning
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Daniela Gronau

Team CSR
“Social commitment creates happiness. And not only to those affected, but also to those who help. That is why I quit my job as a senior marketing manager to make something with meaning in the social sector. I want to offer social projects to companies and build awareness for people with fates. “
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Shakir Azizi

Team Higher Education
I am a global citizen, living in Germany, born & raised in Afghanistan. I have studied Law & Journalism and am Polyglot, I have working background in Startups, NGOs and Social. Refugees are humans with needs and their problems need permanent solutions; Education is 1 of them. Thus I love to be part of RIC and working in team Education & Information

It is our goal to incubate nationally and historically significant solutions to Germany’s current challenges of mass migration.

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