Alter Start

Since 2017, Alter Start and Alter Start Food have been supporting individuals from migrant backgrounds, helping them leverage their skills to start their own businesses and access the job market in Switzerland

Enabling a successful new start in Switzerland for people in the issue of migration.

Launched in 2017, Alter Start emplowers refugees and migrants in Switzerland, providing a robust foundation for their new beginnings. This socio-economic initiative forsters integration and economic independence through strategic partnerships and comprehensive support.

In collaboration with EVAM, supported by the BCI (Cantonal Integration Office) and CVCI, Alter Start is designed for refugees and migrants from Afghanistan, Syria, Ukraine, and others.

Alter Start participants hold work permits (B, C, F, or S) and looking to join the
workforce by leveraging their skills and previous professional experiences. To join
the program, our project holders must have basic French proficiency and an ambition
to start a small business or find employment.

Meet some of the Alter Start small business founders

Ana Castro Carakas Granola

Mykola Kapustianskyi Photographer

Jemal Kahsay Comptoir Asmara

Discover the profiles of a selection of Alter Start employability program participants



Valeriia Khrulova

Alter Start Documentary