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2020 | Capacity Mentions, News & Upcoming Events

Volunteering with a purpose
Switzerland, 6 May 2020 | 14:00 – 16:00

In partnership with the Fachstelle Integration Kanton Zurich Capacity launched ENGAGE, an official volunteering programme for migrant and local communities to find meaningful volunteering opportunities in the field of migration.

As Capacity is committed to the socio-economic inclusion of refugees and migrants in Switzerland, we are offering an exclusive online interactive workshop which will take place via Zoom in order to offer orientation and best practices for volunteering.

This event allows newcomers:

    1. to understand their motivation behind volunteering
    2. to know how to leverage volunteering opportunities to find a new purpose/career path
    3. to know how to engage in local activities around migration to expand their social network
    4. to get to know the do’s and don’ts of volunteering based on local practices
    5. to understand which organisations are working on the field of migration
    6. Q&A

      Further information about how to join HERE


Generali | Alumn Teferi Kassa featured by Generali | Migrapreneurship stories

Switzerland, 17 April 2020

Fearing for your life because you repair and distribute wheelchairs? Surely that can’t happen? But it can. It’s Teferi Kassa’s story. Since fleeing his native Ethiopia in 2016, he and his family have been living in Baden & awaiting the outcome of his asylum application. The desire to create a secure future for himself & others is what drives Teferi. That’s why he has set up an association with the help of our partner Generali. You can read his full story online: 

OECD High-Level Policy Forum

Building a Whole-of-Society Approach to Emerging Migration and Integration Challenges 
Paris, 16 January 2020

Capacity participated along with the Swiss delegation of the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) in the OECD High-level Policy Forum on Migration and Integration and a formal ministerial dinner.

We were proud to represent Switzerland and showcase the talent of and work with refugees and migrants, as an example of local good practices.

2019 | Capacity Mentions, News & Past Events

Innovator by The Red Bulletin | Capacity’s work was featured in RedBull Innovation Bulletin.

See the whole article (in German) here.

2019 | Capacity Mentions, News & Past Events


Storytelling for Inclusion | Our last public event was on October the 14th at the Kraftwerk where we are showcasing cross-generational experiences of migration.

SwissInfo| Learn about the first-hand refugee experiences of our co-founder Ana Maria Angarita and two of our determined entrepreneurs Mohamad Aldahouk and Natalia Sierra, as refugees. Access the interview HERE.



CNN Money Switzerland | From Welfare to Workforce – Capacity’s co-founder, Valentina Velandia, represented our community of refugee and migrant entrepreneurs during 2019’s #WorldRefugeeDay

CNN | The Living Markets – Don’t Forget Women Refugees

PopUp Fair and World Refugee Day 2019 | Our co-founder, Ana Maria Angarita, tells her story as an asylum seeker | Flüchtlinge und Migranten stellen ihre Start-Up-Ideen vor 

StartupTicker.chIncubation program tailored for entrepreneurs with refugee and migrant backgrounds by Ritah Ayebare Nyakato

Wicki PartnersWicki Partners unterstützt Capacity Zurich

University of ZurichContinuing Education Programs

European Union  and Edison Case Study | Capacity Mentoring Programme 

EuforiaEngagement Opportunities

2018 | Capacity Mentions and News 

UNCTAD – United Nations Conference on Trade and Development | Policy Guide on Entrepreneurship for Migrants and Refugees

eBay FoundationeBay Foundation Announces the Winners of the Global Give

BilanzDigital Shapers on the DoGooder Category

Le TempsBienfaiteurs

UNCTAD – United Nations Conference on Trade and Development Entrepreneurship offers a key to inclusion for migrants and refugees

Giving Women | Meet Capacity: “How can you empower refugee and migrant entrepreneurs in Switzerland?”

TELL Africans | Speaking With The Representatives From Capacity Zurich, An NGO That Help Refugees & Migrants To Start Their Own Business

Collaboratio HelveticaPortraits of the Mind 

The University of St. Gallen (EVOLVE)Entrepreneurship as an alternative form of income and purpose for refugees and migrants in Switzerland

ChangeHackers | On being an accidental entrepreneur

Room To ReadThe power of learning

Intercultural Education Hong KongInternational conference on social innovation and volunteerism

2017 | Capacity Mentions and News 

Pepshot | #BeBoldForChange – How Emily Elsner Helps People Reach Their Potential

Limmattaler ZeitungWie eine Zürcher Organisation Flüchtlingen hilft, auf dem Arbeitsmarkt Fuss zu fassen

Ron OrpCapacity Zurich| Entrepreneurship support for people with migrant or refugee experience

GreenBuzzHow can companies work with persons with refugee or migrant background?

Migros KulturprozentCaring Communities 

Tsri10 Zürcher Projekte, bei denen du dich engagieren kannst

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Impact Hub ZurichCapacity Zurich | Zurich’s first Entrepreneurship Mentoring Programme for Refugees and Migrants

EclooBeyond Charity: Refugees, Migrants and Entrepreneurship

Cablex | We support Capacity Initiative

20 MinutenZürcher Start-up

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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