The M-UP LAB is open to max of 40 European organisations working to support entrepreneurs, migrant entrepreneurs all around the world. (3)
M-up Lab brochure (2)

M-UP Labs

Join the M-UP Labs: learn how to support migrant entrepreneurs and make a proposal with the M-UP network. The M-UP Labs are a free initiative open to European organizations working to support migrant entrepreneurs all around the world.


We can host a maximum of 42 participants so sign up quickly. You can register using the form at the bottom of the page.

Deadline to register: 10th September 2019

What will you achieve?

You will learn to use tools and tricks to support migrant entrepreneurs, such as:

  • Business model team framework
  • Value proposition canvas
  • Business model canvas
  • Prototyping
  • Develop a solid business case
  • Proposal writing lab and pitch.

For details:

When is it?

The labs are held online, over six 2 hours sessions between October and December 2019. The participants will be divided into 6 groups and the sessions will follow the dates in the image to the left.


What is M-UP?

M-UP is the Network for Migrant Entrepreneurs to Scale Up and Grow. It aims to promote and seek new opportunities for the creation and growth of migrant enterprises, through the participation of public and private actors from across Europe in a peer-learning, peer-exchange collaboration.

M-UP takes an explicitly bottom-up approach, reflecting the views and experiences of our members; promoting two-way information sharing and offering a platform for voicing migrants’ needs before European institutions.

These labs are one way in which M-UP is contributing to the effective engagement of diverse European actors and helping them to improve support for migrant entrepreneurs.

Who is it for?

  • Are you working in a small organization to support migrant entrepreneurs?
  • Are you curious about practical tools and examples on how you can support them by promoting new services of capacity building?
  • Are you always looking for new, efficient and international partners to learn from each other?
  • Do you want to write a proposal by using practical tools and a network of international partners?

Then these labs are for YOU!

Why is it interesting for you?

  • Collaborate with the M-UP network which includes organizations from across Europe working to support migrant entrepreneurs
  • Learn and use practical tools
  • Participate in a call of proposal

Who are the trainers?

Paolo di Napoli

Paolo di Napoli

Father, engineer and materials scientist, trainer, innovator. As a training specialist in soft skills, I highlight a distinct attitude towards the experimental nature of business. Prototyping and modelling innovation paths in great corporations as well as for startups and social enterprises constitute today my main focus, my professional and personal challenges. I am the project manager of a local community workshop and maker space since 2013, the year in which I decided to disruptively shift my professional path in engineering research to a more training-oriented professional career, with special attention to soft skills, among which creativity and change-making mindsets are my bread and butter. I love playing with my beautiful little daughter, and also getting lost with my bicycle, playing the guitar, watch TV series, fixing and inventing stuff, eating good food and hiking on the beautiful Alps near Turin.

Linkedin: Paolo Di Napoli

Irene Maina

Irene Maina

Over 10 years of experience in the non-profit sector as volunteer, staff, consultant; mainly focused on Organisational & Volunteer Development, Intercultural Education & Training, International Development Cooperation, Project Writing. After graduating in International Sciences at the University of Turin, I worked in Italy, Sweden and Senegal. I am now working as a Training Manager in a network of NGOs and ICT professionals. I believe that change takes time and requires constant commitment and dreams a world where NPOs are appreciated for their outstanding competences, professionalism and effectiveness.

LinkedIn: Irene Maina