Estonian Refugee Council helps Ukrainian war refugees continue business in Estonia

  • 2023-08-15
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN – Estonian Refugee Council, in cooperation with Baltic Innovation Agency, invites Ukrainian refugees with previous business experience to participate in the Boost business development program.

The program will be conducted in the Russian language in Tartu and Johvi and includes, in addition to workshops, study tours and cultural events.

"The people who have arrived in Estonia from Ukraine come from different backgrounds and are with different skills, there are skilled workers, but also entrepreneurs who were forced to close down their established businesses in their home country. However, the knowledge is still there, and in the entrepreneurship development program we want to give them the opportunity to continue their activities in Estonia, so that they can create value for themselves and for the society as a whole," said Grete Karelsohn, a specialist with the Estonian Refugee Council's livelihoods program.

A total of up to 30 business ideas presented by individuals or teams will be selected for the program. At the end of the program, three teams selected by an expert jury will be provided 1,000 euros each. The program is open to all Ukrainian refugees living in Estonia who have already started a business or decided to continue doing business. 

The entrepreneurship development program lasts four months and consists of eight training sessions and study visits, which provide knowledge about business development in Estonia, marketing, management, digitalization, and support the growth of companies. In addition, the program participants will receive support from mentors.

An online briefing will take place on Aug. 22 and the application deadline for the program is Aug. 29.

EU co-funding for the program amounts to 103,899.87 euros.