Project Ment | Sijie Xie: hotel owner
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Sijie Xie: hotel owner


Entrepreneur in Milan – Italy

Coming from

The entrepreneurial idea in a sentence
Initially, his girlfriend, some Chinese partners and he wanted to open a “home” to help Chinese university students. Later, due to bureaucratic issues, they turned this idea into a one – star hotel called Wood House with 13 rooms in Cinisello Balsamo. The main purposes of the business are to provide support to all those who need a secure accommodation and a reference point and to encourage community spirit.

Advice for future migrant entrepreneurs
The best advice he gives to those wanting to start a business in Italy is to consider their own backgrounds, the available resources, and to exploit personal culture, traditions and origins.

His migrant journey

His support network map
In the settlement, he was supported by an sssociation of Chinese students, the University of Milan Bicocca, the Catholic University of Sacred Heart and a Communion and Liberation group called “La Ringhiera”. These organizations helped him in the process of integration, in learning Italian and also in finding an accomodation with a regular contract.
As regards his business support network, he found help in his girlfriend Rebecca and her father who gave him financial support to renovate and decorate the hotel.

His entrepreneur journey