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Authors: Christopher Gohl
Published by: Centre for Social Investment of Heidelberg University
Published in: 2011
Length: 11 pages
Data source: Field research

Abstract

The Advisory Board of Start Foundation meets to decide applications for grants. One application leads to a passionate discussion about the aims of the Start Foundation and its grants. It is the Start Foundation’s mission to develop innovative ways to integrate people with a handicap into the labour market, and the three young men in their twenties from the Sinti and Roma community who came up with the proposal for SINTIM are typical applicants. The question is: do they really qualify for the 125.000 Euro in venture capital? As the SINTIM business case is presented to the Advisory Board, this group of major figures from politics, academia, labour, and representatives of people with disabilities and ethnic minorities discuss the merits of the case, going through the selection criteria. The risk seems high, the kind of business model proposed has never been implemented before, and doubts about the sincerity of the three young men loom large. In the end, the Advisory Board will have to make a decision whether or not to award venture capital, send the application back for further revisions and planning, or refuse the application altogether.
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The Advisory Board of Start Foundation meets to decide applications for grants. One application leads to a passionate discussion about the aims of the Start Foundation and its grants. It is the Start Foundation’s mission to develop innovative ways to integrate people with a handicap into the labour market, and the three young men in their twenties from the Sinti and Roma community who came up with the proposal for SINTIM are typical applicants. The question is: do they really qualify for the 125.000 Euro in venture capital? As the SINTIM business case is presented to the Advisory Board, this group of major figures from politics, academia, labour, and representatives of people with disabilities and ethnic minorities discuss the merits of the case, going through the selection criteria. The risk seems high, the kind of business model proposed has never been implemented before, and doubts about the sincerity of the three young men loom large. In the end, the Advisory Board will have to make a decision whether or not to award venture capital, send the application back for further revisions and planning, or refuse the application altogether.

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