ABN AMRO Private Banking helps refugees start a business

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ABN AMRO Private Banking recently kicked off an entrepreneurial bootcamp programme for refugees in the Netherlands. In partnership with the foundation New Dutch Connections, Nyenrode University and ABN AMRO Foundation, we are helping refugees to start a business.

In November 2016 all ABN AMRO Private Banking head office staff participated in a 'Brains4Charity' event in Amsterdam, to translate our commitment to society into action. Through brainstorming in groups, we developed ideas to provide New Dutch Connections (NDC) with options for sustainable, long-term funded, programmes for refugees. 

The top idea was chosen by NDC: to create an entrepreneurial bootcamp for promising young refugees. The programme consists of workshops whereby over a period of 4 months, 25 refugees will be supported to set up their own business. Five ABN AMRO Private Banking employees (Hannah Cardinaal, René Keijers, Maurice Eikmans, Zeynep Benek and Aimée Stammeijer) took the idea further and developed the bootcamp. 

It was heart warming to see so many employees and partners being keen to contribute to the programme. We activated a network across the different units throughout ABN AMRO, microfinance programme Qredits to deliver our promise to NDC. Nyenrode students and ABN AMRO coaches are buddying with the refugees to create a business plan.
NDC will organise bootcamps in different locations in the Netherlands and build a similar strong network of partners in coaching and facilitation of workshops. 

We wish the new Dutch entrepreneurs a promising future and thriving business!

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