Food traditions are important links for refugees to their culture and former lives. No matter what they have left behind, food and cooking is always a part of their lives. Sharing food and the traditions associated with it are common across all cultures.
Entrepreneurial skills and traditions are also strong in the collective refugee experience. Combining those two strengths into new business opportunities has powerful potential.
Here are two examples of immigrant entrepreneur start-up businesses that employ refugees to cook, sell and deliver their food using web-based technology.
- Eat Offbeat in New York City, with IRC and refugee chef leadership, aims to raise awareness in response to Syrian crisis and generate meaningful employment.
- High tech start-up Munchery, an online delivery service founded by a Vietnamese refugee, is now available in San Francisco, LA, New York and Seattle.