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Going both ways!

Migrants go in a state of mind, with ideas that can become an entrepreneurial and business opportinity for their host and home countries.

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What problem does the idea help to solve and how does your solution work? (2,000 characters maximum)

Venezuela is experimenting a massive migration wave, due to political unrest and hard economic situation. Roughly 4 million people, from every education level, has moved to Latin American countries, Europe and Noth America. Most of them left with not more than they had on their backs, very little money and couple of suitcases. Many walking across the borders, by bus, and some through air to farther places. Most of what they had stayed in Venezuela, not only properties, but families, friends and communities. Our target is the displaced who have a level of professional education that are surviving on menial jobs. Many doctors, engineers, technicians, teachers, and other professions left behind their communities, clients, families, peers; which are an essential part of self, and a source of confidence. No doubt, many will come back to our country to help rebuild it. These people has a lot to give to their host and native country, only if they can keep working on what they are passionate about. We plan to build a Smart Transactional Platform for descentralized organizations, to connect them to their host country through their craft, and contribute to our country through their new connections and experiences. This way, benefits go both ways, and reduce the typical hardship of becoming part of a community totally naked. We have evidence that this exchange is already happening, we look for our migrants to capture the benefits of their education and culture.

Geography of focus (500 characters)

Our target community are venezuelans wherever they are. Thanks to digital communications we can reach them easy.

Building Bridges: What bridge does your idea build between people on the move and neighbors towards a shared future of stability and promise? (500 characters)

We believe that our people on the move will develop a sense of confidence if they can bring their education and culture to their host community, by working for their native country and being a productive member of their new community.

What human need is your idea solving for? (1,000 characters)

The need of self esteem and confidence. A medical doctor, engineer or any other highly educated migrant doing menial work to just stay alive, harms dramatically their confidence. Being able to keep, in some way, their social and professional network, possibly their business, or create a new one, will restore confidence and he will be a better neighbor.

What will be different within the community of focus as a result of implementing your idea? (1,000 characters)

Many highly educated and entreprenuerial venezuelans are barely surviving in their host country. We can track their progress through transactional data and business exchange on the platform. If these people find a way to profit and develop the talents they are passionate about, keep social, business links with our country, and expand them around the world, we will know it.

What is the inspiration behind your idea? (1,000 characters)

Two main ideas: - Work dignifies humans, and passion makes us great neighbors. - Social links doesn't have to be left in your home country. Personal growth can happen in a great variety of circumstances. Being on the move opens a great deal of opportunities.

Describe the dynamics of the community in which the idea is to be implemented. (1,000 characters)

Currently, many venezuelans are working remotely in diferent activities. There is an incipient web of support among them. Family members, associates, friends in different countries usually help each other to develop cross border businesses and job opportunities. They send and recieve goods and services from Venezuela and venezuelans across the globe.

How does your idea leverage and empower community strengths and assets to help create an environment for success? (1,000 characters)

Our community are highly educated and entrepreneurial professionals.

What part of the displacement journey is your solution addressing

  • Arriving and settling at a destination community

Tell us how you'd describe the type of innovation you are proposing

  • Platform: Creating a community or market that facilitates interaction between users and resources

Idea Proposal Stage

  • Prototype: We have done some small tests or experiments with prospective users to continue developing the idea.

Group or Organization Name

We named our group Catalisis. Currently is disorganized organization that will take concrete shape if we are to takle this project.

Tell us more about your group or organization [or lived experience as a displaced person?] (1000 characters)

I work as an innovator, in the area of business ecosystems and new types of smart organizations. We are currently developing an ecosystem to ignite wenezuelan economy through catalyzing new and existing businesses, digital tranformation and alternative financial instruments. My team and I, all have been impacted by people on the move. We have friends, family members, spouses, who fled the country. Even some of us are already people on the move. The proposed solution will help us to keep venezuelans working in their host country, share their culture, and if desired, come back; as well, allow them to contribute to heal it from afar.

Type of submitter

  • We are individuals who are part of an informal group or collective

Organization Headquarters: Country


Organization Headquarters: City / State

Caracas. Barquisimeto. Barcelona.


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Love the idea of catalyzing new and existing businesses, digital tranformation and alternative financial instruments. This is what we are doing also, and for ideo check out our 'Migration Lab Program' in the context of diaspora & refugees, where we provide a platform for finance funds to support social entrepreneurs, using self help microfinance groups. Recognising clan/family/community structures extend beyond borders, I would be interested to hear your ideas on how you can scale your ideas? Albert J Brewer 

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Scale comes from the creation Distributed Organizations.

Photo of Chau Tang Duncan

Hi Albert J Brewer  Yes, scaling though the various communities & organisations is essential. For us, our first users will be those interviewed in UK & Sweden and through them, the bridge will be made to those in Africa. After that, we hope to scale to other communities around the world.

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