PLACE accelerates and leverages the innovation newcomers bring to Europe
European societies need more and stronger voices with a recent history of migration to bring their perspectives and make their contributions to key economic sectors

We accelerate talent and match it with opportunities for new talent in 4 sectors. Find out what role you can play!


Upskilling for meaningful employment
in a shifting economy

PLACE creates a pipeline that is win-win for both newcomers and the private sector: newcomers master new skills and opportunities to access meaningful work and companies get matched with the diverse talent they seek.


From a choice by default to a self-defined life project, entrepreneurship can be a way to find a place in a new society. 

PLACE offers a pathway to start and test entrepreneurial projects which takes newcomers further on their empowerment journey: successfully integrating a business incubator or starting their own business.


We need new voices of influence on the complex challenges our societies are facing. We need newcomer voices in the public sphere.

PLACE runs the first of its kind public leadership incubator, to create capacity and room for new voices on key topics and invent new leadership models. We create the conditions for eye-level interactions for emerging leaders, and provide new talent to established leadership networks for new conversations that need to happen.

Media &
the Arts

Our complex societies need new conversations and forms of dialogue that only new voices can catalyze. 

PLACE develops bold proposals with diverse voices who speak for themselves, to challenge mainstream views of migration, leadership and other conversations wanting to be born.

By unlocking this new talent and matching it with organisations looking for new players in the areas of business, entrepreneurship, public leadership, and media & arts, we are shifting the perspective of migration from a burden to a unique asset for the development and growth of Europe.

PLACE champions migrant-led innovation: since 2016, we offer transformative and innovative learning experiences to newcomers and host societies, while also giving newcomers space for self-determination to find their version of power.

We do this through designing and running programs and events, from our flagship pop-up innovation labs in European capitals to 9-month fellowships online, from public events to retreats, hackathons, training of trainers, exhibitions and more. Our formats are migrant-led, apply next-generation learning methodologies and ed-tech, and involve groups from 10 to 100 people. They all share one aim: create the link in practice between migration and innovation in the sectors concerned.

Facilitation services

Knowing how to facilitate a group and lead collaboration online and offline, is a form of power. PLACE trains past learners of its programs to be Facilitators for online and offline learning, experiences and events. All PLACE events are migrant-led, and we also facilitate external events.

Interested in facilitation services?

Become a coach or an expert

PLACE monitors all learning outcomes through external experts, who assess the participants’ learning journey. We also provide a personal coach to all our participants, to help them to reach their goals.

Interested in being a PLACE expert or coach?


of PLACE program participants are refugees or asylum seekers


of learners have gained innovation skills exceeding industry standards for the future of work

learners in PLACE programs since 2017


of learners receive training-of-trainers and train on average 30 more people through PLACE

PLACE is working towards 5 Sustainable Development Goals

The place team


8 nationalities, 4 continents and 14 languages… we come from all walks of life, but here are a few points we have in common:

We care above all about people

We are perfectionists, self-motivated and relentless until we get results

We communicate openly and honestly

We need playfulness and challenges

We breathe through feedback

We put results and the team first

We excel at working across locations and cultures

Sedera Ranaivoarinosy

Communications Manager

Selma Rassoul

Program Manager

Sophie Gholami

Community Animator & Social Media Manager

Karla Tijero

Program Manager

Shawgi Ahmed


Jeannet Mopendza

Admin and Finance Manager

Catherine Raad

Designer & Producer

Michele Caleffi

Co-founder & Head of Design

Ismail Alkhateeb

Operations Manager

Charlotte Hochman

Co-founder & Head of Innovation

Jocelyn Maskrey

Program Manager

Yazen Waked

Co-founder & Talent Expert


 PLACE gets its strength and impact from the power of community. Our work is heightened by the collaborative efforts of our partners: forward-thinking actors from different sectors and countries, who push the boundaries so new embodiments of power can arise. Together, we’re changing the narrative of migration and transforming it into a vision of innovation. Join us today: work with us to change the game on a sector-level as a strategic partner.

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PLACE2 days ago
Following the movement led by The New European, PLACE Network is joining the campaign to form a European Parliament Intergroup on Inclusive Entrepreneurship.

The end goal is simple: make entrepreneurship accessible to everyone, regardless of gender, age, background, or experience.

💪 A more inclusive entrepreneurship policy could create up to 7.5 million new entrepreneurs in Europe. If each of these new entrepreneurs hires one person, that's 15 million new jobs created in Europe.

It’s time to break barriers and create equal opportunities for all entrepreneurs. This intergroup can develop a strategy to help diverse entrepreneurs thrive.

🤝 We need collaboration across party lines, sectors, and civil society. With MEPs' support, we can create a platform in the European Parliament to advance inclusive entrepreneurship.

Let’s challenge stereotypes and promote inclusive narratives on migration and entrepreneurship. Together, we can build a more equitable entrepreneurial landscape in Europe.

Show your support and join the alliance here:

#InclusiveEntrepreneurship #EU #Intergroup #Inclusion #Diversity #Equity #Sustainability #Growth #Transitions #SocialEconomy
PLACE1 week ago
Are you ready for PLACE's July opportunities? Buckle in! 💨

1) Konexio Workshops for Job-Seekers 🏢
➝ After the success of their first workshops in July, Konexio are organising a second series focusing on socio-professional skills to boost your job search! Hosted in their offices, you have the opportunity to sign up for the entire course, or certain workshops.
🔗 Sign up here:

2) Screening-debate of the documentary "REPRÉSENTER" at CASACO 🎥
➝ Next Tuesday, join Casaco for a free screening of "Représenter", a documentary touching on French politics. The screening will be followed by an exchange with Julian, Jonathan (co-directors), and Mamadou (a main character), and a debate on the theme: "How to involve 'ordinary citizens' in politics, how to bring politics back into the city?"
🔗 Grab your free ticket:

3) Inaugural Global Artivism Conference 2024! 🌍
➝ With inspiring speakers, panels, interactive workshops, and thought-provoking art exhibitions, don't miss out on the very first Global Artivism Conference. Hosted at Tshwane University, South Africa, as well as online, you can explore the ever-evolving dynamic intersection of arts and activism from wherever you are!
🔗 Apply to participate, find out more, and stay informed here:

4) Applications open for Sistech's Springboard program! 🖥️
➝ This October, join Sistech online for their 3 months of online training for tech-based projects. Designed for women with refugee and asylum-seeking backgrounds eager for training in web development, testing, cybersecurity, digital project management, data, etc.
🔗 Apply Directly Here:

5) Academie des Futurs Leaders's new online school 👨‍🏫
➝ The French political fight is not over, and civil society should prepare to commit for its future values after the incredible mobilisation in the last elections. Join Academie des Futurs Leaders in September to learn how to best equip yourself to defend democracy.
🔗 Pre-inscriptions are here:

If you are interested in any of these opportunities and want to know more, don't hesitate to contact us!

#PLACENetwork #PLACEOpps #NewcomerTalent #MigrantVoices
PLACE1 week ago
We are pleased to share with you our latest cross-European project: Resources on the Move (RES-MOVE)! 🙌

The Res-Move Project, funded by the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF), aims at leveraging coworking and other collaborative spaces to enhance the inclusion of newcomers, focusing on freelancers, newcomers with craft skills, start-uppers, and knowledge workers. 🤝

Since 2017, we have impacted over 3,000 individuals through entrepreneurial, employability, public leadership, and arts programs. With our extensive experience in boosting the leadership skills of newcomers, we are the driving partner for France, providing valuable insights into the lived experiences and attitudes of our community towards coworking spaces.

Over this 3-year project, we want to break down barriers that newcomers may face when accessing coworking spaces, which can allow people to connect with opportunities, networks, and resources, thereby enhancing their capacity to achieve their development goals. Our goal? To transform collaborative spaces into inclusive integration hubs, fostering diversity, innovation, and social cohesion across the EU labor market. 🗂️ 🇪🇺

In March we kicked off the project in Athens, Greece, hosted by the Academy of Entrepreneurship. All 12 partners gathered to share experiences, plan activities, and pave the way for impactful research. Our next in-person meeting will be in Ljubljana, Slovenia, hosted by ZRC SAZU in September to begin the research training! 📖 🇸🇮

CeSPI Refugees Welcome Italia Glocal Factory Synthesis Center for Research and Education BEST institute fu Institut für berufsbezogene Weiterbildung und Personaltraining Gmb Migrafrica Netwerkpro European Coworking Assembly Malmö Ideella Fundación MUSOL

#RESMOVE #AMIF #EUProject #CollaborativeSpaces #DEI #NewcomerInclusion #CoWorking
PLACE3 weeks ago
n light of the French legislative elections, and other right-wing governments threatening power in the world, PLACE is opening up an online space for our community to come together in solidarity.

Join us via Zoom on Wednesday 10th of July at 19h CET for a safe space to voice your concerns, find strength and friendship in community dialogue. Register now if you are interested to join us:

We firmly stand against the harmful ideologies of the extreme right, and all of our thoughts are with the affected communities who would be the first to suffer under these governments.

#Solidarity #CommunityDialogue #StandAgainstHate #FightRightWing #FrenchElections #CommunitySupport #OnlineEvent #UnityInDiversity #SafeSpace #TogetherWeRise
PLACE3 weeks ago
🚀 Nassira Camara, one of our Emerging Leaders, recently participated in the MYCOMM Makeathon organized by JEF Europe thanks to a recommendation from PLACE. This Makeathon offered her an incredible opportunity to collaborate with other passionate individuals working in #youthorganizations to discover the best #communicationtools for highlighting the needs, hopes, and vulnerabilities of young #migrants and #refugees.

We asked Nassira about her experience during the Makeathon:

Q) What is the most valuable thing you learned while making this video?
🔹 "I have learned the value of collaboration, meaning working with others who have different skills, perspectives, and roles in our video-making project. I have learned storytelling with images and tools we colored, and also visual and audio elements, such as lighting, sound effects, and colors."

Q) What do you hope people will learn from this video?
🔸 "I hope people learn the importance of diversity, inclusion, and consideration of migrants in Europe. Our ability to apply theoretical knowledge to a real scenario, the improvement of cross-cultural awareness, and adaptability to effective teamwork demonstrated that everyone is important and can participate in the best future of humanity. It was a wonderful experience... Thank you for the opportunity."

It was a wonderful experience, and we are proud to share the result with you. Check out the video now!

🔗 Watch the video here:

#PLACENetwork #Artivists #MigrantVoices #AntiDiscrimination #EUParticipation
International Production Team number 1Leaded by JEF and supported by OBREALBREAKING BARRIERS explores the resilence and contributions of migrant and refugee ...
PLACE3 weeks ago
Let's ensure that the extreme right does not win on the 7th of July ✊

Faced with the deadly prospect of a Rassemblement National (RN) government, we call for a boost of counter-voters. The decisive second round is at the end of this week, so check who to vote for here:

Signing the call initiated by La Ligue des droits de l'Homme, we call on all democratic political parties to rally together against the extreme right, wherever they can win. Read more here:

"The events happening on Sunday go beyond what divides us, it is a question of the people of France being able to live in harmony together. RN answers with a racist and violent political project, progressively destroying freedoms. This is a party whose program has been built around the denial of equality in human rights, proclaimed by the UN in 1948. It is according to this equality that we, non-profts, unions, and associations, work every day to ensure that everyone has access to services, rights, and freedoms."

To join the movement and sign the call yourself, click here:

#PLACENetwork #FrenchElections #RefugeesAreWelcome #OpenSociety #ElectionsLegislatives2024


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