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Entrepreneurship programme for persons with a refugee or migrant background

Empowering entrepreneurs. Because we are all human.

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What we do

Capacity seeks to build a society that is open and supportive of everyone, regardless of their background.

We work at the intersection of entrepreneurship, innovation and social inclusion. Therefore, we run a start-up incubator for people with refugee or migrant background who would like to launch a business or socio-cultural initiative in Switzerland.

Each year, we offer a comprehensive 7-month entrepreneurship programme which includes numerous personal and professional development tools for our entrepreneurs to find opportunities that are as big as their dreams.



Interactive Workshops guided through the Lean Start-up Method on topics such as entrepreneurship, community building, intercultural communication, integration and diversity

Mentoring Program

Experienced local professionals support our participants to launch their business idea or social/cultural initiative. Our programme is a 2-way engagement in business and project co-creation.


Networking opportunities for individuals and companies who are passionate about social justice and radical inclusion


Featured 2017 Participants

These bright professionals are on track to achieve their dreams. Get to know them closer!

Mamadou Dialo


Linda Zeller

Mental Health

Architecture for Refugees

Allahverdi Mirishli

Wood Imports


Thanks a lot for everything! I cannot explain you how excited I am that I got to know the Capacity Team. The kindness, support and all the encouragement you give means a lot to me and to all of us. It has been a life changing experience!

KebedeMentee 2017

This programme has been wonderful. Special thanks to the presenters, mentors and mentees 😉

ZouherMentee 2017

Thank you, again dear Capacity Team, for the wonderful workshops and for presenting us with such an amazing platform to learn.

TashiMentee 2017

I have never worked in an environment that represents such a safe space for all, irrespective of nationality, ethnicity, gender, sex, sexual orientation, socio-economic or migratory status. Capacity is a space for everybody to shine."

ValentinaCommunity Manager

Concrete knowledge transfer; wonderful team

IsabelArchitecture for Refugees

It was really wonderful and highly valuable! Thanks a million, to Capacity team, Mentors, Presenters and Startups!

VaidaMentee 2017
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