The idea was simple – more people in the workforce means a better Malmö. In 2011, convinced that entrepreneurship can reduce segregation and social exclusion, Dan Olofsson and Luciano Astudillo founded Uppstart Malmö, a foundation that has gained significant support and commitment from a number of partners, private investors, the City of Malmö and the business community. Thus far, the foundation’s activities have helped 3,700 people find new jobs.
Day-to-day operations are conducted through Tillväxt Malmö, which has offices in the city centre, and international business incubator Level, which has offices and co-working space in the city’s Mobilia shopping centre. Tillväxt Malmö offers business development advice to companies in Malmö that are looking to grow, while Level is focused on the initial phases of entrepreneurship. Both organisations arrange seminars to inspire, disseminate knowledge and create networking opportunities. At times, the life of an entrepreneur can be a lonely one and then the organisations’ experienced consultants are happy to act as a sounding board.