Invitation | Capacity Pop-Up Fair 14.06.2017

We kindly invite you to the first public event of the Capacity mentoring programme 2017:

During the Capacity Pop-Up Fair on 14th June 2017 in the Impact Hub Garage (Geroldstrasse 33; 8005 Zürich) starting from 6 pm Refugee and Migrant Entrepreneurs will present their business- and project ideas. Please find the invitation attached. More information and RSVP are available on our Facebook-Event.

We are looking forward to meeting you there!

The Capacity Team &
The participants of the Capacity Mentoring Programme 2017

1st March – Information Event for 2017 Mentoring Programme

Do you want to start a business or set up a social/cultural initiative? Are you someone with refugee or migrant experience? Are you keen to get help moving forward with your idea and to make it a success? Do you want to work together with other talented people on your idea?

OR Do you want to use your business and start-up knowledge to support entrepreneurs with migrant and refugee experience?

Questions? Join our Information Evening on 1st March 2017 from 18.00 in the Impact Hub Zurich Garage (Geroldstrasse 33, 8005 Zurich)

We are looking forward to meeting you!

Programme Application Deadline: 17th March 2017

Mentoring programme 2017 launched!

The Capacity mentoring programme will run again in 2017, with the kind support of the Fachstelle für Integrationsfragen Kanton Zürich, UBS and the Impact Hub Zürich.

We are now recruiting for participants for the programme. Please visit our Participant Information page for all the information on applying

Questions? If you are interested in joining the programme as a participant, mentor or trainer, please attend the Information Evening on 1st March 2017, 18.00-21.00 at the Impact Hub Garage, Geroldstrasse 33, 8005 Zürich. All details on the Facebook event:

We look forward to meeting you!

We are looking for a new team member!

Fundraising Manager Opportunity (Volunteer-based on Commission)

Capacity is a Non-Profit Association that helps refugees and migrants to reach their human potential. We do this through programmes, workshops, mentoring, networking events and engagement with businesses and policy. You can read more about Capacity on

We are looking for an enthusiastic Fundraising Manager to join our Association and support our social justice endeavours. We are looking for a candidate who would like to take the lead on managing our 2017-2018 fundraising strategy. This is a commission-based position, being proportional to the overall funds raised and payable per month, at the end of each month. The commission compensation applies for amounts raised from 5000 CHF/EUR or higher.

Key tasks:

  • Manage Capacity’s 2017-2018 fundraising strategy
  • Support fundraising, sponsorship and publicity in English and German languages
  • Identify key influencers and new leads for funding as well as maintain existing partnerships with individuals, corporate donors, other NGOs, foundations, charitable trusts and governmental institutions
  • Organization of various fundraising campaigns and events
  • Working closely with Capacity’s leadership team and other fundraisers to share best practice and shape overall Capacity strategy in addition to taking part in the Capacity team’s daily activities (1 meeting per week)

Experience and qualifications:

  • Fluent in German or English (oral & written) with excellent skills (at least B2-C1) in the other language. Any additional language is an asset
  • Previous experience in fundraising, based on Swiss German market segments is essential
  • Experience with advertising and publicity, sponsorship and fundraising, ideally crowdfunding
  • A background in migration/intercultural studies/refugee work/humanitarian work/social entrepreneurship would be an advantage
  • An entrepreneurial attitude, willing to think outside the box around challenges such as funding, influence and implementation of projects would be helpful
  • Avid networker and communicator, confident working across languages and cultures

What do we offer you?

  • A small team of passionate, friendly pragmatic people to work with, in an agile and flexible workplace
  • Experience in working on intercultural issues
  • A chance to make a concrete difference to the lives of entrepreneurs with migrant/refugee backgrounds in Switzerland

Interested in this opportunity? Please send an email with your CV and a short cover letter explaining why you would like to join Capacity’s team to Valentina S. Velandia at We are looking forward to meeting you!

We are looking forward to meeting you!

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Mentoring 2016 final event

On the 7th of December Capacity and the participants of the 2016 Capacity mentoring programme hosted the final event for the programme – a celebration of the hard work and community that came together to support our 11 participants with their business and project development.

We had a fantastic speech from Dr. Kijan Espahangizi on migration and entrepreneurship, followed by presentations to the participants of a certificate of completion, and a small thank you gift to each mentor. The evening ended with an Apero and networking.

We would like to thank our partners, and all our volunteers, mentors, trainers and participants for supporting us and helping us deliver the programme this year. We are now looking ahead to the next programme which will start in May 2017. Watch this space!

20th June Jury Event: Meet Refugee and Migrant Entrepreneurs in Zurich

A look behind the scenes – the participants of the recently launched Capacity Mentoring Projects 2016 present their ideas! These ideas are as diverse as the participants: They include, among others, the organisation of intercultural events, the marketing of self-made products, the importation of goods, as well as support programmes for refugees. On 20th June 2016 you have the opportunity to discuss these ideas with the (aspiring or active) refugee and migrant entrepreneurs. If you are interested, there might even be room for collaboration: Some of the mentees are looking for cooperation partners or volunteers for their social/cultural initiatives. Come to the Impact HUB Garage, stay for as long or short as you like, and be inspired by the ideas as well as the potential of the participants of the Capacity Mentoring Projects. We look forward to meeting you!

When: 20th June 2016 6.30-9.00pm

Where: Impact Hub Garage, Geroldstrasse 33; 8005 Zürich (beside Restaurant Rosso)