Social Business Idea Challenge

What is social business idea challenge?
It is an international competition for youth. Which main goal is to propose and develop ideas for business aimed at helping refugees.

Who can participate?
The participation is open to everyone aged from 18 to 30. While for people with refugee/migrant background and youth workers there is no age limit.

Main prize for the best team is a crowd-funding campaign. They will also acquire technical help with their idea from SBIC’s network of experts. Surely, every participant can expect to acquire goodies from our supporters & friends.

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And more to come...


Registration of teams – closed.


Idea Creation & Development – until 19-Nov – 20 hours of workshops + mentoring


Final event – 9th of December – 10 best teams will meet in Vilnius, Lithuania


Crowd-funding – starting from January, 2018 – full crowdfunding campaign for the best idea

The winner of Social Business challenge is Manoush!

It is a chain of Middle Eastern bakeries that will be opened in Belgrade, Serbia. Not only they will offer new and exotic products, they will become checkpoints for cultural exchange, language learning and refugee inclusion activities during off peak hours.


If you want to find out more about how the winner of SBIC prepared their own crowdfunding campaign with our support, please find it in the Crowdfunding section.

the Second best team is Coetus:

Refugee Job: a platform connecting companies with refugees that are are searching for job offers and internships. One of the most crucial parts to a successful integration is finding friendly work spaces with growth opportunities. By collaborating with refugee integration centers across several countries as well as working with companies interested in building their social image and efficiently finding employees, we will be able to filter personalized job offers and send them directly to users' accounts. Our goal is to mediate between an employee and the employer for a successful integration into the workforce for the refugees. Now is more than ever important to create more diverse and socially responsible enterprises that thrive economically as well as share an understanding of core values.  


Third place goes to The Angels

A hostel built with eco-materials, using mainly solar and wind energy for heating and electricity.  


The remaining best teams are as follows:

1. Eco Theatre  

A unique element of the project «EcoTheatre» consists in compound of two different areas – science and art. Through theatre we could popularize eco-friendly lifestyle, involve people in the decision of «green» problems, increase the educational attainment, draw attention to nature’s problems and prevent the negative consequences of non-eco-friendly lifestyle. This project is a new method of dissemination of information to the public.  


2. The Support  

Our team suggests to organize (to open) an enterprise for processing of paper waste and production of paper products (toilet paper, tissues and etc.). We think that this project will help asylum-seekers and recognized refugees to be integrated in a local community and to learn a country language bases where they stay. Besides all raw materials can be found on city, town or village streets free of charge. In additives, asylum-seekers and recognized refugees can help local municipal services to clean city, town or village streets from garbage and will be able to come to independent financial security thanks to income which they will gain at this enterprise. We also think that local authorities will support this project, at least thanks to lower taxation.  


3. Braided Unity 

Making on line shop for jewelry made with western and eastern African ornaments. Jewelry would be handcrafted by African migrants in their traditional style. Migrants included in this project are facing mental health issues caused by social exclusion and trauma. Jewelry would be promoted by African migrants as raising awareness of their skills and competence to equally participate in social inclusion in Europe. What makes this business idea special is that every piece of jewelry would represent different mental health issue and drug and alcohol issues related to migration and it would be video-graphed as a part of promotion of jewelry. People who would buy this jewelry would be able to learn more about migrations, issues triggered by social exclusion and contribute business development and fundraising for future education of migrants towards community work and entrepreneurship in order to empower and lead communities.  


4. Sadaqa  

Organizing productive workshops for asylum seekers and persons with granted asylum, distribution and selling of manufactured products  


5. Create Together  

CreateTogether – is a web platform for refugees in Europe. The main aim is to help them integrate into communities easier. To do so we are planning to create a place where they could find information on how to do ordinary everyday stuff like using public transport , etc.  


6. R_integrate  

Refugee research center on integration in order to facilitate the integration of refugees into the socio-cultural systems and frameworks of everyday life in other countries; and a platform in order to create a proper integration and help them continue their development. So, conducting an anthropological research, identifying the needs and building a platform with educational opportunities (free online courses too), mentorship (bureaucratic tasks, cultural barriers), supplies, useful goods (as technological devices, furniture, etc.) accomodation, eventing (social life, cultural exchanges), volunteering ooportunities, job offers.  


7. Hidden voices  

Our social business idea is based around providing former asylum seekers with apprenticeship opportunities in both private and public-sector firms across the UK. Prior to starting the apprenticeship, we would give training, including assistance with CVs and interview practice, in addition to English lessons if required. As UK apprenticeships are funded by the UK government (it pays for 100% of 16-18 year olds’ apprenticeships and up to 50% of 19-24 year olds' apprenticeships), it would incentivize firms to hire these individuals due to the low costs associated with the scheme. Our overall aim is to not only provide former asylum seekers with a stable income, but to also encourage the inclusion and acceptance of these individuals in both the workplace and the wider community.