In Gävleborg we are funding four projects which focuses on businesses among newly arrived immigrants, and one project which focuses on business ownership among foreign-born women.

Projects for business ownership among newly arrived immigrants

Equal opportunities business (Promoting newcomers’ businesses on the Hälsingland coast)

What? Training in running a business and individual guidance. The project provides information about and markets the business promotion system, and strengthens entrepreneurship among individuals with immigrant backgrounds by offering guidance and supervision throughout the entire process, from idea to registration. Include without labelling.
Project principal: Söderhamns municipality’s business unit Faxepark in collaboration with Hudiksvalls Näringslivs AB, Nordanstig’s business office, the Public Employment Service in South and North Hälsingland, Hälsinglands Utbildningsförbund (Centre for flexible learning in Söderhamn and Nordanstig), Centrum för Utveckling och Lärande i Hudiksvall, Coompanion, Caflin AB, ALMI Företagspartner GävleDala AB and Chamber Trade Sweden.
Project is running in: Gävleborg
Project period: 01/10/2017 – 16/12/2019
Contact person: Maria Svensson, Söderhamn municipality

 Joint fast track for business owners

What? Training in running a business and individual guidance. The project works with a business school in basic Swedish, online advice, individually and in groups, and with digital tools and videos online.
Project principal: Almi Företagspartner AB (parent company)
Project is running in: Throughout Sweden
Project period: 01/10/2017 – 16/12/2019
Contact person: Maroun Aoun, Almi Företagspartner AB
Learn more: almi.se


What? Online training in running a business as well as individual guidance combined with a mentorship programme. The digital platform allows for participants from anywhere in Sweden.
Project principal: Insamlingsstiftelsen IFS Rådgivningscentrum
Project is running in: Dalarna, Gävleborg, Halland, Stockholm, Södermanland, Värmland, Västra Götaland, and Örebro
Project period: 01/08/2017 – 19/10/2018
Contact person: Amir Almaleh, Insamlingsstiftelsen IFS Rådgivningscentrum
Learn more: yumpzone.com

Underlätta för nyanlända att starta företag i Sverige II (Helping newcomers start a business in Sweden II)

What? Training in running a business as well as individual guidance combined with a mentorship programme. The project gives newly arrived immigrants information about creating and running companies in Sweden and prepares and supports them through individual advice and training in English. The participants receive training and advice based on their own needs.
Project principal: Stiftelsen Svenska Jobs and Society/Nyföretagarcentrum
Project is running in: Gävleborg, Jämtland, Jönköping, Skåne, Stockholm, Södermanland, Västernorrland, Västmanland, Västra Götaland, and Östergötland.
Project period: 01/05/2017 – 16/12/2019
Contact person: Harry Goldman, Nyföretagarcentrum
Learn more: nyföretagarcentrum.com

Projects for entrepreneurship among foreign-born women

Accelerate your business

What? Accelerate your business has the aim of developing companies that are owned and operated by foreign-born women. In addition to the specific target group, this work involves developing the business and commercial development offices, business promotion actors and civil society actors in Region Gävleborg.

The objective of the project is for the companies to become co-creators of today’s products and services in technology and internationalisation on a local, regional, national and international level. The project also wants to contribute to creating a local ecosystem that is characterised by diversity by increasing the competence of the business and commercial development offices and the business promotion actors that are in the region.

The following methods will be used to achieve the objectives where four to five business and commercial development offices and 25 business operators are included:

  • Network - Network with cooperative partners, identify key partners, market to locate businesses.
  • Contact - Establish contact with businesses in cooperation with the local business and commercial development offices. Here, a needs inventory is also done, which becomes the foundation for the business development activities that will be carried out. Examples of activities are courses and workshops.
  • Strategies - Based on the needs of businesses, a business development and event plan is prepared. The project will, among other things, offer a global mentor programme that will work on match-making between companies and business women in other countries.
  • Implementation - Implementation of business development programmes with an emphasis on technology and internationalisation.
  • Growth - Sustainable growth.

Project principal: Hudiksvalls Näringslivs AB
Target group:
Companies that are owned/operated by foreign-born women, the Business and Commercial Development Offices in Region Gävleborg, business-promotion actors and civil society.
Project is running in: Gävleborg
Project period: 01/11/2019–31/10/2021
Contact person:
Mitalee Kotak, Hudiksvalls Näringslivs AB
Learn more: aybusiness.seexternal link, opens in new window

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