What is it like for foreigners to live and do business in Slovakia?

Human Rights League, in cooperation with WelcomeToBratislava, prepared an event “Life in Slovakia through the eyes of foreign entrepreneurs,” at which the public will be able to listen to inspirational personal stories of three foreigners and meet organizations focusing on helping startups and individual entrepreneurs.
During the first part, organizations that support startups, entrepreneurs and small businesses will showcase their activities. Slovak Business Agency will present its services related to counseling, special workshops or membership in a business incubator. Participants will get to know Crowdberry - a platform that connects the private investor club with dynamic business ideas. Beginners and aspiring entrepreneurs will learn about the possibilities of favored loans from Slovenská sporiteľňa as well as the mentoring program of the Mareena civic association.

The second part will be organized in a form of a panel discussion. Hon Chong from Malaysia is an entrepreneur in the field of education, but he also founded a civic association focusing on creative language courses, dramatic and improvisation courses and organizing artistic events. Abbie Puskailer from England is an artist, illustrator and teacher who runs artistic classes and camps for children. He Nguyen from Vietnam is an owner of two famous restaurants in Bratislava. What are the main obstacles they encountered in integrating and developing business in their beginnings? How do they perceive local system settings? Have they felt disadvantaged for their status? These questions will also be answered in the discussion.

The event will be organized as a Christmas session and held on the 12th December 2018, starting at 19:00 in the premises of Open Gallery at Baštova 5, Bratislava. It will be in English and available free of charge to the general public. It will be accompanied by an exhibition of works by foreign artists Abbie Puskailer and Ekaterina Grishakova as well as a collection of photographs capturing foreigners living in Bratislava.

The detailed program can be found on this page.
Profiles of the foreigners present in the panel discussion are described in these online interviews.
You can find the outcomes of the project here
This project is funded from the European Social Fund, supported by the Visegrad Fund and prepared in cooperation with WelcomeToBratislava.

The project "Migrant entrepreneurs in V4 countries: regional dimensions of start-up cooperation" is implemented by Foundation Our Choice and supported by Visegrad Fund.

Project partners: Subjective Values Foundation (Hungary), The Human Rights League(Slovakia) and Agency for Migration and Adaptation AMIGA, z.s. (Czech Republic).