Social Entrepreneurship
  • Launched October 2017

  • Local Partners:


Corporate Social Responsibility

If your company wishes to resort to the services of Alter-Start entrepreneurs, IFPD can facilitate contact and cooperation. You would thus be able to contribute to their success, and to promote the social responsibility of your company.

Alter Start – Incubator for refugees and migrant entrepreneurs in the Canton de Vaud
The Alter Start incubator supports migrants with the launch of their own microenterprises in the Canton de Vaud. In a co-working space and free of charge, the program offers them personalized coaching, the requested training and a follow-up during the first year after their business was launched.

Microenterprises are an effective tool for the economic development and professional integration of people from distinct cultural backgrounds. Personalized support is provided to each beneficiary during the key steps of his/her project: business plan, communication and marketing, test phases and launch. Generic training modules (administrative and legal procedures, technical standards, etc.) are given in groups, in collaboration with external experts and in partnership with the Chambre vaudoise du commerce et d’industrie (CVCI – Trade and Industry Chamber of the Canton de Vaud).

  • Alter Start beneficiaries are aged between 25 and 50 years.
  • They hold an F permit, and have at least a B2 level in French.
  • Coaching sessions take place once a week.
  • Alter Start coaches are volunteers, whose professional background is closely linked to the world of business and management.

Alter Start documentary

Alter Start Projects