Mi-Hub Provides Coworking Space and Funding Support For Migrant Entrepreneurs In London
London-based Brazilian-born entrepreneur Rafael dos Santos is opening the capital’s first co-working space in Whitechapel dedicated to supporting migrant entrepreneurs.
The migrant-friendly co-working space, will house up to 150 entrepreneurs and provides the necessary tools to run a business successfully. The fully-furnished mi-HUB will include a variety of facilities including boardrooms, private offices and meeting areas.
Situated in Batty Street, close to Aldgate East tube station, mi-HUB offers an affordable starting point for entrepreneurial businesses and provides training through the Migrant Business Accelerator programme. Rafael’s vision is to help one million migrant entrepreneurs in the next ten years.
Rafael dos Santos said, “Recent research in Stratford, London showed that the three key issues that migrants face when starting or running a business is a lack of network, lack of knowledge and lack of funding. The show in two weeks’ time addresses the network problem as stands are affordable – starting at just £100 – and tickets to attend the event are free of charge.”
mi-HUB offers four different options to businesses:
– £19 per month, small businesses can make use of a virtual address
– £99 per month, hot desking and use of facilities
– £348 per month, permanent desk with flexible terms (up to 10)
– £499 per month, Private office
Rafael dos Santos, born in 1981, is a Brazilian-British multi-award winning entrepreneur who has lived in London since 2002. Rafael lived his early years in Santa Catarina, a state in the south of Brazil. The son of a fisherman and a housewife, his humble beginnings led to his parents’ move to Santos, so Rafael and his two sisters could receive a better education. At the age of 21, in 2002 Rafael moved to London.
He left his job as a support analyst at Microsoft to learn English in London. Until 2003 Rafael worked as a kitchen porter, cleaner, glass collector and waiter to pay his expenses.
In 2003, an opportunity came along and he started managing houses. Between 2005 and 2014 he ran his own business – an agency that managed and let rooms in flat-shares. He grew the portfolio under his management from one to 50 homes, 15 members of staff and reached a turnover of £1.2m.
In 2015, Rafael decided to support migrant entrepreneurs in their quest to start and grow their businesses. The first pilot project was the Migrant Business Accelerator – a 16-week programme where ten migrants were selected to attend workshops in marketing, finance and operations and 25 mentors donated their time to help the participants to launch their businesses. The programme evolved to become a co-working space named mi-HUB.
mi-HUB is the UK’s first hub dedicated to supporting migrant entrepreneurs to start and grow successful businesses. We aim to foster business growth, knowledge and cultural integration through relationships with entrepreneurs, education and the international migrant business community via our range of “mi-“ services and support products.
Mobile:44 (0)7703 409 622
Phone:0333 344 2341