Welcome to NyföretagarCentrum
Are you interested in starting your own business?
NyföretagarCentrum in Linköping is an independent foundation that provides cost free counseling for individuals whom want to pursue a dream of running an enterprise. We also welcome individuals whom are running their business during the first fiscal years.
Starting up a business in Sweden is a fairly uncomplicated process. But you have to understand that there are laws and regulations that apply, and that you, as an entrepreneur are responsible for understanding and handling your business in accordance to the regulations. At NyföretagarCentrum we provide you with answers and guide you through the process. But it’s you, the entrepreneur that have to do the work. Below, you find a shortlist of what you need to know:
We provide information regarding all aspects of running a business in Sweden and in addition we have a wide network of partners that are more than willing to assist. You can even get cost free advice from experts at some of our partners but those meetings have to be booked through one of our councelors.
Don’t hesitate to contact one of our counselors and start the journey to pursue your dream. To get a head start you can use our, cost free, on-line business plan here and sketching down ideas regarding your business. It’s a good first step and prepares you for a meeting with one of our counselors. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. You find our contact information here and our councelors here.
If you need counceling in other languages than English or Swedish we recommend you to contact ALMI / IFS who have special resources regarding counceling in more than 30 languages. Read more about ALMI / IFS here.
Now take a moment and read about one of our clients, Mustafa Panshiri who started his business, Panshiri consulting – Kreativ integration, in 2016.
We do look forward to hear from you!
An entrepreneur in the service of the community
Born in Afghanistan, Mustafa migrated to Sweden with his parents when he was eleven years old. Since childhood, he had been dreaming of becoming a police officer and his having travelled halfway across the world wasn’t going to stop him. Mustafa hung on to his aim and eventually graduated from the police academy. Mustafa tirelessly protected and served the people of Sweden for many years. During his years serving the Swedish society, he got to interact with several refugee boys from Afghanistan – they had just arrived in Sweden and were struggling with the change of environment.
He learnt that these boys were extremely wary of the police force, however Mustafa coming from a similar background, felt a connection with them, “I wanted to do something” Mustafa recalls. This was the moment when he thought about helping the society in a different way – by setting up a social business. So he organised a lecture where he talked to the boys about how their coming to Sweden should not stop them from pursuing their dreams. Mustafa encouraged the boys to integrate and embrace all the opportunities they could find in Sweden.
The first lecture was an enormous success. This motivated Mustafa to organise more lectures and seminars, one day a week, for refugee and migrant children (most of whom were unaccompanied minors or orphans). The lectures proved to be incredibly successful and demand for them increased exponentially.
Becoming an entrepreneur
Initially, Mustafa wanted to not quit his job as a police officer, but soon he realised that the demand for his lectures was close to overwhelm his day to day job activities. At the same time, he felt encouraged by the freedom and full control that he had over his schedule working as an entrepreneur. But more than anything, he felt incredibly uplifted feeling he was helping others.
The idea of actually starting his own business was terrifying. Even though he believed in his mission, he had effectively no business experience and no real way of knowing where to begin. It was then when Mustafa’s girlfriend, who was also an entrepreneur, suggested that Mustafa get some help from NyföretagarCentrum to set up his business. And so he did.
Mustafa first received entrepreneurship training, which proved to be exactly what he needed to convert his business idea into a business plan. Then, in late 2015, he was matched with a volunteer business mentor. “The help was vital” Mustafa notes.
Going from almost no knowledge of running a full time business, Mustafa soon learned how to not only run his lectures series as a full time job, but also how to effectively expand his venture to include services such as seminars, bootcamps and other formats. All this with the aim of encouraging young migrants to make the most of their situation and integrate to their adopted country – to basically see their situation as an opportunity rather than a challenge. With all the support from the NyföretagarCentrum, Mustafa now had the confidence to go out on his own. And thus Kreativ Integration was born.
Mustafa and Kreativ Integration have two key aims. Firstly to encourage young refugees and migrants to learn and embrace Swedish culture and society, as well as to trust authority figures such as the police. Secondly, and perhaps most importantly, Mustafa aims to encourage these children to pursue their dreams.
Mustafa was well aware that it will not be an easy journey in achieving these aims because unlike him, many of these children were orphans or had been separated from their families. This made them more mentally fragile and quite frightened of their new surroundings; but all this makes it all the more crucial to help them learn to trust the police and other authority figures who want to help them. Mustafa believes that this is a an important step in their integration in the local community.
Supporting the community
Since the initial lectures, Kreativ Integration has gone from strength to strength. Mustafa started partnering with various authorities and NGOs and has helped more than one hundred municipalities in Sweden by organising lectures and seminars. He is now even preparing to write a book.
It is not wholly surprising that community engagement is the front and centre of Mustafa’s business plan. Going himself through a similar journey, Mustafa could empathise with these children, and as a former police officer, he is also living proof of how migrants can integrate in the local communities and establish partnerships with the authorities.
“If you have an idea that you burn for, take the chance and do something. Entrepreneurship is an incredible freedom. If you don´t know how to, don’t be afraid, there´s plenty of help for you out there”
Following his dream gave Mustafa the chance to connect with and help others. This connection has ballooned into a successful and thriving business that continues to help and support others and encourage them to pursue their dreams.