- Semi-finalist: Habibi and Hawara
- Country: Austria
- Field: Employment and Entrepreneurship
Habibi and Hawara supports refugees to transform into entrepreneurs. Habibi and Hawara means ‘friend’ & ‘friend’ expressed in Arabic and in Viennese dialect. The idea is a cooperation between entrepreneurs, private investors and volunteers on the one hand and refugees on the other. It starts with an Oriental-Austrian restaurant in Vienna’s first district. Led by Austrian entrepreneurs, the operation is fully undertaken by refugee chefs and service staff. Within three years, this group of migrants will be empowered to take over the company. During the establishment of this first company a systemic approach shall be developed – transferrable to different European cities and industrial branches.