building startup solutions for refugees
Social & Scalable.
We match people who seek help with the best helpers. Our main focus is to connect refugees, migrants and project owners with people they would otherwise never meet in order to help each other move forward.
Partners who would never meet come together to
Synergise to meet
Develop or help with a collaborative plan of action
Set clear goals and KPIs
Shout out to our strong ecosystem for more support
OUR UNLIKELY TEAMS MAKE US MORE INFLUENTIAL
We help hidden innovators discover each other
We provide the perfect ecosystem of support for unlikely but successful partnerships
Take the Cosmotest to see how we work!
PICTURES OF STARTUPBOAT EVENTS
ACTIVE GLOBAL PROJECTS
ONLY A SELECTION OF STARTUPBOAT SUCCESS STORIES & OUTCOMES
RefugAI is an advanced ChatBot to help refugees for free. It can help with translation, navigating bureaucracies, help with advocating legally, and assist you in new jobs so that you can perform useful work in new countries. A new version is being launched in November 2023, but get early access based on interactions with Startup Boat.
The Cosmopolis platform allows helpers and help seekers the opportunity to create personalized profiles that showcase their skills, experiences, and passions. These profiles serve as windows into the hearts and minds of our community members, fostering connections based on shared interests and the a desire to make a difference.
The House of Beautiful Impact is an event where innovators and thought leaders have the opportunity to create, examine, or enable solutions that can truly have an impact on local societies and the ecological state of our planet. We immerse ourselves in various community-driven initiatives, working side by side with local organizations and residents to address pressing social and environmental challenges.
OUR ECOSYSTEM OF SUPPORT
Ongoing support & advice by a network of mentors and advisors in tech, business planning, social innovation, humanitarian development
Access to partner lists, potential clients, user groups, established innovative companies, technology providers etc.
Access to investors, donors and a "Sustainability Board" to gain long-term support and/or an extensive evaluation for each solution
THE FOUNDING STORY
Paula Schwarz experienced the struggles of traditional support-systems when 4 million refugees came on boats to her home-island in Greece as they were escaping the war in Syria.
She had access to a big network of entrepreneurs because of her stations with Google in China, the German Foreign Office in Africa and with 500Global in Stanford University.
She built social startups for the frontlines of humanitarian crises together with CEOs, coders, marketing experts, designers, investors and business strategists directly on the rescue boats with people who were arriving - thus the name StartupBoat. The program now uses a psychosocial algorithm to match more helpers near or far away to refugees they want to support.
Capital Magazine 40 Under 40 (2x)
Forbes 30 Under 30
Previously responsible for the private fund of Philipp Schindler (Google Global Head of Operations) closed with 18 million in 2015
Winner of the Venture Bus Africa
2014 BA in Political Sciences (FU Berlin) Graduate Degree (Stanford University)
500 Startups Designated Silicon Valley Expert Investor