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New encounters lead to progress

SINGA stands for the idea of a world in motion. Movement to bring ideas, opinions and individuals together. Movements in perceptions. Movement in stereotypes, preconceived ideas. Because no desirable social project emerges from immobility and withdrawal.

What we do

SINGA is a global community of 50,000 members, in 17 cities of 7 countries. A community that aspires to create open societies and innovative economies where everyone, regardless of their origin, can reach their full potential.

In France, SINGA creates a link between newcomers (people with migrant and refugee backgrounds) and locals (people with knowledge of the cultural codes in the welcoming community) with the aim to develop each person’s social and professional networks, leading to the creation of many opportunities (e.g. access to culture, employment, education or housing).

Since 2012, SINGA’s activities prove that social and economic innovation stems from migration and social connections. Each encounter, each programme, each structure created by SINGA becomes the foundation that allows us to build tomorrow’s society.

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7 countries

Germany, Belgium, Canada, Spain, France, Luxembourg, Switzerland.

9 cities in France

Grenoble, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes, Paris, Strasbourg, Toulouse, Valence.

50 000+ members

part of the SINGA community (locals and newcomers) throughout the world.

320+ startups

supported by our incubators since 2016.

54% of jobs created

after 6 months, 1 structure out of 2 created at least 1 job.

What we believe in

Today, 80 million people (1% of the world’s population) live in exile (UNHCR). This number will rise to 300 million by 2050 (UN), with the acceleration of global warming and the political and economic unrest in certains countries. Europe plays a significant role in welcoming these populations, but struggles to create solutions that truly foster the inclusion of newcomers.

The word “migrant” often conjures an image of a shapeless, precarious, and dangerous figure without any individuality. This biased perception triggers debates around national security and polarised societies, creating a “us” versus “them” narrative. A pointless concept, as Professor Otto Scharmer (MIT) highlights : this idea of “us” can fluctuate and expand to include more and more profiles as time goes by.

We refuse to see migration uniquely as a humanitarian or security issue. We must quickly and radically change how society at large approaches migration : it is a great opportunity to meet new people, give meaning to our lives. It provides economic opportunities, limitless knowledge and permanent cultural enrichment.

What if the world was more reactive to environmental and social change? What if each citizen of the world was no longer limited by his/her nationality, but could thrive with their own plural and dynamic identity? What if we could benefit from others’ experiences, knowledge and skills?

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The SINGA Team on video

What if the world was open to a more mobile version of humanity, responsive to environmental and social changes? What if each citizen of the world was no longer limited to one nationality, but had his/her own identity – plural and dynamic? What if we learned from each other’s experiences, knowledge and skills?

SINGA Glossary

Newcomer (vs ‘migrant’ or ‘refugee’)

A person that has newly arrived in the territory and is searching to contribute to the host society and develop their network (professional or social).

Local person

Someone who has lived in the territory for some time (having nationality or not). At SINGA, newcomers and local people meet each other regularly.

Member of the community (vs ‘beneficiary’)

We think that being in the mindset of ‘helping’ newcomers, prevents a real consideration of what they want and what they are able to bring. Therefore we create a space for exchange that is balanced, where everyone is equal as members of our community.

Inclusion (vs ‘integration’)

The concept of ‘integration’ refers to individual actions that allow integration into a social system that already exists. SINGA strives to promote active inclusion, where each person (irrespective of their administrative status or other characteristics) takes part in the construction and development of a system that is constantly evolving.

Our documents to download

2022 Activity Report: New Turning Points

download pdf, 3.5 MB

Next Ten : SINGA’s vision and ambitions for the next ten years

download pdf, 8.5 MB

Request for a Mandate

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The Charter of Values of the SINGA Movement

download pdf, 936.6 kB

The SINGA Brochure

download pdf, 1.2 MB

The Refugee guide

download pdf, 7.6 MB

Certifications and acknowledgement

Adam AHMADI

Animateur du programme Pré-Incubation SINGA Lyon

Clémence ALZON

Chargée de communauté et insertion professionnelle SINGA Marseille

Farhad ATAEE

Chargé du programme Incubation SINGA Paris

Elisa AUBRUN

Secrétaire générale SINGA Marseille

Liliana Amundaraín

Coordinatrice de l'incubateur THSN by SINGA à Strasbourg

Maëlle Aubert

Animatrice J'accueille Grand Sud (Montpellier, Toulouse, Marseille)

Vincent BERNE

Directeur du programme J'accueille

Pauline BIAN-GAZEAU

Directrice SINGA Nantes

Louise BLOCK

Coordinatrice du programme Accélération SINGA Paris

Cécile BOSSY

Coordinatrice des programmes SINGA Lyon

Adrien BOUCHET

Chargé d'accompagnement - émergence et préincubation à SINGA Nantes

Emmanuelle BOURGE

Chargée du programme Pré-incubation SINGA Paris

François CADIERGUE

Chargé de communauté et coordination globale SINGA Marseille

Guillaume CAPELLE

Co-fondateur de SINGA, Directeur Stratégie et Développement

Nana CESANA

Directrice SINGA Saint-Etienne

Laetitia CHABANNES

Chargée de partenariats et insertion professionnelle SINGA Marseille

Pascal DUBAELE

Directeur SINGA Lille

Noémie Delage

Chargée du programme d'Accélération de SINGA Paris

Hugo FABA

Chargé d'accompagnement pré-incubation et sensibilisation SINGA Paris

Hasna FABRE BENAMMOU

Volontaire en service civique, animation de la communauté SINGA Nantes

Kady FAYE

Cheffe de projet certification linguistique SINGA Saint-Etienne

Niloufar FORGHANI

Chargée d'accompagnement, programme J'accueille

Sarah FOUQUET

Animatrice des activités entrepreneuriales SINGA Saint-Etienne

Isciane GAUDIN - BERTONI

Coordinatrice du programme Incubation SINGA Lyon

Fabienne GILLES

Trésorière SINGA Toulouse

Alissa GRITTI

Volontaire programme d'incubation SINGA Lyon

Isabelle GRUDÉ

Responsable de la boutique SINGA à Nantes

Ismael HUSSAINI

Vice-président SINGA Marseille

Hanieh Hadizadeh

Directrice SINGA Paris

Louise Hatem

Animatrice de l’incubateur de Paris

Julie DE BRY D'ARCY

Animatrice de la communauté d'entrepreneurs à Lyon

Mays KABOUCH

Directrice SINGA Paris

Ibrahimi KAZEM

Chargé des activités de la communauté SINGA Marseille

Faïza KHEMAR

Coordinatrice du programme J'accueille

Iyad Kallas

Co-fondateur de SINGA Bordeaux, Responsable Technologie et Innovation

Aglaé LABOUROT

Chargée des activités de la communauté SINGA Marseille

Julie LAMBERT

Coordinatrice des activités socio-culturelles SINGA Lyon

Céline LAURIERE

Secrétaire Générale SINGA Toulouse

Chloé LESTERLIN

Coordinatrice de l'incubateur SINGA à Nantes

Sarah LOMBARD

Responsable de l'espace KIWANDA (locaux de SINGA France et SINGA Paris)

Yosra MANAI

Animatrice de la communauté Alumni Paris

Maëlle MEZABER

Directrice Marketing & Engagement Digital

Agathe MICHAUT

Volontaire en service civique du programme Incubation SINGA Nantes

Max Meviane

Chargé de gestion administrative SINGA France

Sila ODHUNO

Animateur communauté et entrepreneuriat SINGA Lille

Marie PATFOORT

Coordinatrice des programmes entrepreneuriaux SINGA Lille

Clémentine PELLETIER

Alternante en communication à SINGA Nantes

Marine PUVINEL

Volontaire du programme de pré-Incubation SINGA Lyon

Diane RENAUD

Trésorière SINGA Marseille

David ROBERT

Directeur du programme J'accueille

Rooh SAVAR

Président SINGA Global et SINGA France

Audrey SAVI

Présidente SINGA Marseille

Ksenia Skorik

Co-fondatrice de SINGA Bordeaux, Directrice des Opérations

Quentin Tournadre

Animateur de l'incubateur THSN by SINGA à Strasbourg

Birgit VYNCKIER

Coordinatrice des programmes entrepreneuriaux SINGA Lyon

Brigitte Xuereb

Co-fondatrice de SINGA Bordeaux, Responsable des Programmes

Myriem ZIANI

En charge du développement de l'entrepreneuriat SINGA Marseille