The nonprofit association Unternehmer ohne Grenzen (Entrepreneurs Without Borders) was founded by entrepreneurs of different nationalities and business branches as a platform for mutual exchange in the year 2000. Unternehmer ohne Grenzen follows an intercultural, multi-ethnic and inclusive approach. Our members and staff come from different countries and cultures, speak different languages and have various educational and professional experience. We gather a vast range of intercultural competences.
The organisation successfully implemented projects in the fields of business start-ups, business consulting and training as well as education and parental advisory for the last 15 years. The association’s work focuses on strengthening the local economy, the promotion of business start-ups, particularly of people with a migrant background, as well as the participation of women in economic life.
Unternehmer ohne Grenzen promotes the creation of networks at local and regional level. Therefore the association acts as a link between companies and public institutions, chambers and local authorities. Particular attention is paid to the business start-ups and entrepreneurship of women.
- Strengthening the start-up potential of immigrants,
- Consulting and support for people setting up a business and small and medium-sized enterprises,
- Establishing business networks for small and medium-sized companies in weak structur
- Intercultural work with parents : qualification and accompaniment of parents, especially with migration experience
- Raising the awareness of public authorities and institutions regarding interests of immigrants,
- Organisation of workshops, discussion forums, cultural events like exhibitions and street festivals,
- Networking and regular exchange of ideas and experiences with regional, national and international organisations,
Unternehmer ohne Grenzen pays special attention to the needs of women who would like to set up and run their own business. The amount of successful businesses started by women immigrants is growing. UoG wants to support this strong interest of women to become self-employed.
Until today Entrepreneurs Without Borders informed, qualified and consulted more than 10 000 people from over 100 countries in the previous projects. In the past the association and its projects have won several awards:
2012 Intercultural women business center as “Landmark in the Land of Ideas” by the initiative of the Federal Republic of Germany
2010 Innovation award by the Social Democratic Party of Germany
2007 Good-Practice award by the European Commission in the field of promotion ethnic entrepeneurship
2006 Recognition Award by the Integration Advisory Board of the City of Hamburg.