Qualification measures preparing for return

The qualification measures preparing for return prepare returnees to start their own business.

With the programme StartHope@Home, Social Impact gGmbH supports refugees and migrants who are interested in starting a business in their country of origin. Since October 2020, the programme has been a central component of the newly created qualification measures preparing for return of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees.

Since January 2018, the Social Impact gGmbH has been running the reintegration programme StartHope@Home.

Content of the programme
StartHope@Home enables subject-specific (online) coaching and workshops in different languages, both individually and in groups. Above all, the counselling strengthens the entrepreneurial skills of the participants so that they are better prepared to start a business after returning to their country of origin. In addition, the participants can also bring in other individual concerns with a view to their professional reintegration.


1. Profiling phase
- individual inventory
- discussion of prospects
- qualification planning

2. Qualification phase
- 8 training modules
- individual coaching
- online coaching
- final presentation

3. Reintegration phase
- checking of framework conditions on site
- Contacting local partner organizations (e.g. reintegration partners and GIZ counselling centres)

The participants are coached by multilingual trainers and supported by social pedagogues.

Who can take part?
Participation is aimed at refugees and migrants who are interested in returning to their country of origin. This includes the following countries of origin: Afghanistan, Egypt, Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, China, Colombia, Côte d’Ivoire, Dem. Rep. Congo (Kinshasa), The Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, India, Iraq, Jordan, Cameroon, Kasachstan, Kenia, Kirgisistan, Colombia, Kosovo, Mali, Morocco, Republic of Moldova , Mongolia, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, North Macedonia, Pakistan, Palestinian Territories, Russian Federation, Senegal, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Somalia (incl. Somaliland), Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tajikistan, Togo, Tunesia, Republic of Türkiye, Ukraine and Viet Nam.

How to join the programme?
A return counselling centre can help registering for the programme. Participation in the programme is free of charge and no prior knowledge is required.

Important note: The qualification is possible in presence at the locations of Social Impact. Alternatively, participation can also take place virtually in the form of online coaching or by telephone.

The programme takes place at locations throughout Germany: Hamburg, Cologne, Stuttgart and Munich

Hamburg region
Social Impact Lab Hamburg
Pastorenstraße 16-18
20459 Hamburg
Mon-Thu, 10.00 a.m. - 03.00 p.m.
Ms. Eva Stockbauer-Muhr
T. +49 176 1611 3606
Email: starthope@socialimpact.eu

Cologne region
Forum Food&Nachhaltigkeit
Oskar-Jäger-Straße 160
50825 Köln-Ehrenfeld
Ms. Luisa Schmitz
T. +49 176 1611 3608
Email: schmitz@socialimpact.eu

Stuttgart region
Social Impact Lab Stuttgart c/o Impact Hub Stuttgart
Quellenstraße 7a
70376 Stuttgart
Mr. Stephan Kelm
T. +49 176 1611 3539
Email: kelm@socialimpact.eu

Munich region
Social Impact Lab München
Lindwurmstraße 45
80337 München
Mon-Thu, 09:00 – 17:00 Uhr
Ms. Judith Steinbach
T. +49 176 1611 3617
Email: steinbach@socialimpact.eu

Participation can also be arranged in other regions. To do this, please contact the head office team:

Mr. Hadi Alkhouri
T. +49 176 1611 3509
Email: starthope@socialimpact.eu

Further information on the StartHope@Home programme can be found at Socialimpact.eu.