Project Ment | Short Training Session in Milan
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Short Training Session in Milan


On 30th June and 1st July we kicked off MEnt Project’s Short Training Session in Milan, with Avanzi – Sostenibilità per Azioni, Make a Cube3 and Codici, with the support of Polimi Desis Lab.
14 business ideas were selected to take part into the two day workshop, which was implemented through both collective and one-to-one tutoring sessions.

The Short Training Session had the objective of:

  • Providing first support to migrants for the refinement of business ideas
  • Supporting knowledge exchange, horizontally among teams
  • Facilitating the projects evaluation, in addition to desk analysis
  • Reinforcing motivation of applicants, towards long term objectives
  • Providing inspiration in terms of content, process, approaches and attitude


The workshop focused on getting to know better the teams and their business ideas, defining the identity of the projects and the context they are going to operate in, identifying and discussing the key features and skills of an entrepreneur and the ways to construct or improve them.

Here follows a brief description of the 14 business ideas that joined the Short Training Session in Milan:

SiVegan (Libia > Milan)
An ethnic vegan shop selling fresh fruit&vegetables and vegan products coming from different countries, which could also become a place for multicultural gatherings.

Book it cultural (Colombia > Milan)
An online platform to book a spot in cultural places (museums, theatres, galleries, etc.) to spend time, work, socialize, read, think and be inspired.

Camille Kouassi and Sandra Lopez (Ivory Coast > Novara)
A web radio promoting integration and cross-cultural exchange.

Ami Mar (Senegal > Milan)
A centre to support migrants (especially the young ones) coming from Francophone African countries in entering the labour market.

Sullo stesso suolo (Iraq > Milan)
A multicultural centre in the suburbs of Milan where migrants and refugees can help with the requalification of the areas while being integrated with the community.

Mahmoud Al Sharif (Syria > Turin)
A gastronomic and cultural Syrian centre where to recreate the atmosphere of pre-war Syria.

Wael Hulou (Syria > Gallarate)
A cultural café and restaurant with a unique concept, hosting art events and activities.

Shilpkaar (India > Milan)
A project which involves refugees’ manpower and paper waste to create a new raw material: “Paper Honeycomb Panels”.

Agro store (Camerun > Modena)
A warehouse dealing with preservation and distribution of fresh fruit&vegetables to hotels and restaurants in Douala.

Chimene Kponton (Togo > Parma)
A fashion brand which enhances the creative value of ethnic colours and patterns in a clean, classy way.

Lamghari Fatiha (Morocco > Milan)
An Import Export business of artisanal Moroccan products for health and beauty care.

Igregstudio (Iran > Milan)
An online platform providing marketing support in the real estate industry.

Dany Karambakhsh (Iran > Pavia)
An Import Export business of Iranian saffron.

Karin Uwera Dani (Burundi > Treviglio)
A fashion brand combining Burundi’s culture and style with occidental taste in fashion.

We are now working on assessing the short dossiers provided by the 14 teams and selecting the 10 business ideas that will take part in the Light Incubation programme launching on 15th July.