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Project “BITE – Building Integration Through Entrepreneurship”


“BITE – Building Integration Through Entrepreneurship” supports the creation and development of small and medium businesses led by the African diaspora in Italy, Greece and Sweden.

The Project is funded by the European Commission – DG for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs.

BITE has been designed as a way to address the untapped potential of migrant entrepreneurship. Migrants are more likely to resort to entrepreneurship than native-born people but report challenges such as low business literacy, hardship in accessing financing, lack of relevant qualification and red tape.

Through its training and mentoring scheme, the BITE project provides migrants with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and network to launch a successful business.


The action “BITE” aims to contribute to the social and economic integration in EU countries of migrants from Sub-Saharan Africa by accompanying them in the creation of small businesses that have positive social and environmental impact in their country of residence and country of origin, through a tailored business acceleration process.

To do so, a consortium composed of leading research institutes, service providers, local authorities and NGOs has reached out to Sub-saharan African diasporas in Italy, Greece and Sweden, to raise awareness and collect applications for a training and mentoring scheme on entrepreneurship.

The scheme helps migrants gain knowledge and develop the skills, tools and network needed to start their own business. By modelling every phase of the project through a toolbox, partners enable local authorities and NGOs across the EU to replicate the approach in diverse socio-economic contexts and with limited financial input.

As part of the BITE project, ISMU has launched a social media call-for-participant and selected 47 prospective migrant entrepreneurs in Italy while mapping their entrepreneurial skills.

It is also responsible for developing the project resources addressed to local authorities and CSOs to help them launch or support migrant entrepreneurship programmes across the EU through the BITE approach.


  • received 359 training applications from the African diaspora
  • selected 100 participants in Italy, Greece and Sweden
  • mentored over 40 migrant entrepreneurs on how to establish their own business


COSME (DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs)

Project coordinator

Etimos Foundation