Connecting Capacity Zurich’s start-up entrepreneurs to their resilience for success in their entrepreneurial journeys
Capacity is a non-profit association based in Zürich and a start-up incubator for persons with refugee and migrant background who would like to launch a business or socio-cultural initiative in Switzerland. They offer entrepreneurship and training programmes in partnership with the Canton of Zurich, UBS Switzerland AG, Generali’s The Human Safety Net, eBay’s Global Foundation, the Impact HUB Zurich, Dow Switzerland, and Wicki Partners – Attorneys at Law.
As part of Capacity’s entrepreneurship learning programme, the team wanted to connect their programme participants to their resilience, to enable them to navigate the challenges that come with each stage of entrepreneurial journeys, to enable them to succeed and create sustainable businesses.
They asked Elaine to run an interactive, learning-by-doing session which would provide some key resilience tools.
Working in partnership with the Capacity Zurich team, we selected resilience tools that aligned with the entrepreneurship learning journey that participants would be experiencing in the programme.
This enabled a learning-by-doing approach, allowing participants to recognise challenges, apply the tools and start to embed them.
All participants left the session able to navigate the everyday challenges of their entrepreneurial journey by applying the tools in their resilience toolkit.
Equipping participants with resilience tools that deepen and broaden their entrepreneurial competencies, such as self-awareness and self-efficacy, valuing ideas and mobilising resources to keep moving forward.
Growing the bonds between the programme participants and the sense of being part of a team and a community; and enabling them to create their own mini entrepreneurial eco-system to support each other moving forward.
As a Capacity’s trainer, Elaine plays a crucial role within our training and development programmes. She provides exceptional training and coaching within our entrepreneurship endeavours and her innovation expertise directly translates into tangible results for our team and for the community of persons with refugee and migrant backgrounds whom we serve.
"Amazing workshop Elaine! Thank you. Your open spirit and joyfulness inspired us to jump in and out and test the tools. You reinforced the power of positivity and how important it is in building resilience, which is essential for entrepreneurship. For me it was the channel which reached not only my understanding but also my emotions"
"Attending the Resilience session with Elaine was a moment of inspiration and supportive coaching to move forward with our project. It was really beneficial as members of a team and as individuals with personal stories to heal and look back on them. The concept of realizing I am unprecedent, is something I´d like to remember all the time. Personally, it gave me an assurance that it´s right to listen to ourselves, not only for personal situations but for all situations we are in. It is not common to find workshops that do this link between how we are inside and how we perform at our 'business level´. I wish more people/companies could take a look at this. I felt an incredible rapport with Elaine, she is sensitive, knowledgable and inspiring to be around! Can´t wait to connect again."
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