Oslo Springboard: Job Creation by and for Immigrants & Internationals

Are you an immigrant, International, or repat in Norway with an interest in starting your own business? Join us from August 11 – 14 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 address the challenges faced when trying to secure employment in Norway, by providing participants with a series of practical “how-to” to starting and growing their own businesses.

The Springboard workshops aim to synergize the tools, resources, network, and mindset shift needed for sustainable professional development. In addition, it will amplify the business creation knowledge that participants can utilize in their professional lives to secure employment either via traditional means or by starting a business.

These workshops take place over the course of 4 days, where a diverse pool of facilitators provide guidance over a variety of topics, including making a business plan, business strategy & growth, design thinking, digitalization, accounting and legal, etc.You will hear from facilitators including but not limited to Ateh Atabong, Chisom Udeze, Ejiro Iluore, Nikol Mard and Raja Skogland.

To learn more about this project, register to join the workshops or collaborate, please visit the Springboard project page.

We will kick-off the 4-day workshop with a Panel discussion on 10 August, with city/community stakeholders to address the challenges, share experiences and resources to secure employment/create own business.

PS: This is a FREE event 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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