Springboard Bergen 2021 poster

Bergen Springboard: Job Creation for and by Immigrants & Internationals.

Are you an immigrant, international, or repat in Bergen with an interest in starting your own business? Join us from the 24th to 27th of August to acquire the knowledge, resources and tools to start your own business or organization.

Immigrants and internationals need professional and employment opportunities to become proactive solution finders to business and societal challenges. The Springboard workshops aim to provide the tools, resources, network, and mindset shift needed for sustainable professional development.

These workshops take place over the course of 4 days. A diverse pool of facilitators will provide guidance on a variety of topics, including making a business plan, business strategy & growth, design thinking, digitalization, accounting and legal, etc.

***Workshops are scheduled Tuesday – Friday from 9:00 – 16:00, with a half-hour lunch break each day and 10 minutes breaks after each hour.

***If you would like to learn more about this project, or register to join the workshops, or collaborate, please visit the Springboard project page at https://diversify.no/springboard/. We will kick-off the 4-day workshop with a Panel discussion on the 23rd of August with city/community stakeholders to address the challenges, share experiences and resources to secure employment/create your own business. Register for the Panel HERE.

Both events are FREE for all participants. Springboard workshops will take place in-person. We will strictly adhere to the rules and regulations by the Norwegian Authorities with regards to the COVID-19. Consequently, places are limited and available on a “first come first serve basis”.

Chisom Udeze

Founder of Diversify, Diversify Consult, HerSpace & The Annual

Chisom is an Economist, a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) Strategist, and a 3 times founder of impact driven companies. She has over 14 years of experience working with organizations like the European Commission, The United Nations, ExxonMobil and The Economist Group. Chisom is analytical and a data enthusiast. She is passionate about interrogating the cross-sectoral relationship between society’s inhabitants, resources, production, technology, distribution and output. She efficiently and effectively unlocks complex systems, interprets data, forecasts socio-economic trends and conducts research.

Having lived and worked in 7 countries across 3 continents, she is highly adaptable to different circumstances and people, and thrives in uncertain environments.

As the founder of Diversify and Diversify Consult, Chisom and her team work with companies, institutions, governments and civil society to develop sustainable DEIB strategies and embed measurable diversity and inclusion initiatives in the workplace and society. In addition, in 2022, Diversify launched the Diversify Nordics Summit, the largest conference in the Nordics that gathers cross-sectoral stakeholders to amplify DEIB in the Nordics and beyond.

In 2020, she founded HerSpace, a diverse and inclusive co-creation community for all genders, with particular focus on women and non-binary people. In 2022, HerSpace launched HerTech, Women in Tech incubator, for women-led companies, with a focus on the inclusion of diverse founders. 

Chisom is a thought-leader in DEIB and a passionate advocate for mental health and wellness. She writes often on DEIB and justice related topics, some of her work is published on Forbes.

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