Springboard 2020 Roadshow

Up Next: Asker & Bærum, October 12 - 16

Join our upcoming program in Asker & Bærum this October!

And Then: Kristiansand, October 26 - 30

Join our upcoming program in Kristiansand this October!

What is Springboard

Springboard addresses the difficulties that people of immigrant background face in Norway particularly as they relate to securing employment or growing their own businesses.

Springboard empowers immigrants, especially women, with the tools they need to start their own businesses. The primary goal of this project is to provide professional training through detailed courses and mentorship for immigrants to secure the skills and knowledge they need to improve their lives and start sustainable businesses.

Training will be provided across  via in-person  and digital courses on vital topics and information needed to successfully start and grow a business (i.e. making a business plan, business strategy, accounting, marketing and branding, technology tools to grow your business) and/or find work. The in-person courses will take place in six Norwegian cities.

*There are no costs involved in participating in the program.

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Why Springboard?

People of immigrant backgrounds encounter varying degrees of discrimination on the grounds such as gender, race, religion, ethnicity, sexual preference or socio-economic position. In Norway today, many immigrants (women and men alike) believe that they are unlikely to secure skilled work regardless of their academic attainment and professional experience. They often attribute this to their race, ethnicity, religion, language barrier and the perception of being “the other” or foreign.

This belief continues to be the trend and has now become the status quo, as newly arrived immigrant people learn that their opportunities are limited. For those able to secure employment, they are often employed in low-skilled jobs.  With Springboard, we plan to challenge societal limitations that have been internalised by people in our target group, and chart a new way forward, together.

What We Will Do

The primary goals of this project are to amplify the voices of immigrants on the economic, social and professional challenges they face, and, to provide a training platform for business skills acquisition and entrepreneurship.  This project seeks to not only highlight existing problems but also find actionable solutions by engaging with stakeholders across social and economic sectors. Through this series of events, we aim to facilitate competence development, business understanding and strengthened self-esteem for immigrant people in cities across Norway.

With Springboard, we aim to amplify the conversation on professional empowerment for our target group, whilst creating a platform for visibility, job opportunities, and socio-economic progress for  immigrant and minority groups in Norway. In so doing, we hope to break barriers, create networks and enable employment opportunities that will empower.

STRATEGY

APPROACH

  1. Identify & engage with all stakeholders
  2. Open applications in each city for interested participants to join program
  3. Map out ecosystem & collect relevant data 
  4. Launch program in each city & execute on measurable goals

ACTIVITIES

  1. Host Springboard Launch Seminar (in each city) with community thought-leaders & stakeholders
  2. Run masterclasses over a defined number of days
  3. Facilitate relevant skill acquisition & networking sessions
  4. Connect participants to mentors & extended network 

OUTCOME

  1. A minimum of 30% of participants establish sustainable companies
  2. New professional networks, business skills,  job  opportunities for participants
  3. Continued support & mentorship for participants
  4. Complete a data driven report to map impact, experience & best practices
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- WHO YOU ARE -

IDENTITY

18 – 65 years of age, and identify as being an immigrant, a member of a minority group, or a repat.

INTEREST

Have an interest in starting your own company and may already have a business idea.

PERSONALITY

Self-starter, energetic, ambitious and eager to improve your professional and personal life.

- WHAT YOU GET -

BUSINESS SKILLS

Over 16 hours of learning that includes business skills acquisition, branding, marketing and networking.

ONLINE COURSEPORTAL

Courses on relevant topics that include Business Strategy, Digital Marketing, Financial & Legal requirements that is accessible 24/7.

NETWORK & MENTORSHIP

Increase your network & opportunities. Learn from experts & experienced entrepreneurs.

THE PROGRAM

ON-SITE COURSE

We will hold in-person workshops in cities across Norway throughout the year. The Springboard workshop will provide skills and tools needed to accelerate your business acumen and grow your business. Selected participants will receive tailored feedback on their ideas and projects. They will also learn from industry experts and entrepreneurs who will share  tools and best practices.

DIGITAL COURSE PLATFORM

The digital platform will provide various multi-media resources full of video courses, documents and tools to assist your entrepreneurial journey. Participants of the on-site workshops will also join the digital platform to access additional resources and continue learning and improving their skills from the comfort of their homes.

This platform is free and open (with registration) to everyone and members of our target groups across Norwegian towns, cities and communes.  

Estimated time of completion: 15 September 2020

Days
Hours
Minutes

SPRINGBOARD ROADSHOW CITIES

Stavanger
June 22 - 25
Event Ended

Oslo
August 10 - 14
Event Ended

Bergen
August 24 - 28
Event Ended

Asker & B@rum
October 12 - 16

Kristiansand
October 26 - 30

Trondheim

Kristiansund

A Big Thanks to our Amazing Panelists, Mentors & Facilitators

Chisom Udeze

Founder, Diversify & Mettle Consult
Economist, with expertise in Entrepreneurship, Business Strategy, Monetisation & Growth

Leïla Rezzouk Rossow

Founder, Papillon Bergen & Co-Founder of Support not Protect
Project Partner, Panelist & Workshop Facilitator

Ejiro Elizabeth Iluore

Founder, Inter-Nationals
Panelist & Workshop Facilitator with expertise in Finance

Fungi Ottemöller

Associate Professor, University of Bergen
Panelist & Workshop Facilitator

Sarah Przedpelska

Program Director, Catalysts
Panelist & Workshop Facilitator with expertise in Project Design, Management, and Research

Rahwa Yohannes

Founder, Manifold
Workshop Facilitator with expertise in Project Design and Execution

Nikol Mard

Founder, Network for Work
Workshop Facilitator with expertise in Communication and Networking

Sarifa Moola-Nernæs

Consultant, Bjørnefjorden Kommune
Panelist & Workshop Facilitator

Iva Ogrizović

Program Director, Diversify
Springboard Project Management

Kim-Andre Nikolaisen

Founder, TechUp
Mentor & Course Facilitator with expertise in Website Development, SME Accounting & Digitalisation

Jenny Berstad

Director of Partnerships, Diversify
Multi-city Project Facilitation

Jelena Boljević

Project Manager, Diversify
Multi-city Project Manager

Ateh Atabong

Founder, SAWA Foods
Mentor & Workshop Facilitator, with expertise in Business Idea Generation, Validation & Design Thinking

Ampy Heiman

Community Manager, Diversify
Events & Community Director, Brand Execution

Carl-Johan Sylvan

IT Consultant, Netlight Consulting
Workshop Facilitator with expertise in Agile Methods, Customer Focus, Build-Measure-Learn & MVP

Dora Poni Loro

Social Worker, Bergen Kommune
Panelist with expertise in Project Startup and Management

Rianne Vogels

Founder, Startup Consultancy & Adjunct lecturer in Entrepreneurship, BI
Workshop Facilitator with expertise in Business idea Creation & Validation, Business & Revenue Models, Fundraising & Investment

Ons Priotti

Organisational Psychologist & Speaker's Coach
Panelist & Workshop Facilitator with expertise in Design-Thinking and Research & Analysis

Latifa Anda

CEO, Lelo-Development
Panelist & Workshop Facilitator with expertise in International Business, Marketing, Innovation Management & Branding

Kenny Kaluiji

Founder @ Decarbonify
Panelist & Experience Sharing with expertise in Sustainability & Circular Economy

Rozalin Aliramaei

Founder, Elenovations
Panelist with expertise in Electrical & Telecommunication Engineering, Bio-electrical Research & Development

Hyacinth Walters-Olsen

CEO, Fotobaren AS
Workshop facilitator with expertise in Business Development, Corporate Partnerships and Strategy

Randi Mannsåker

Speaker, Coach and Intercultural Trainer at the Stavanger Chamber of Commerce
Workshop facilitator with expertise in Project Management, Intercultural Competencies

Kay Kgaogelo Olorunju

Founder, Living Seeds
Workshop Facilitator with expertise in Business and Personal Development

Patricia Mendez

Founder of Salsitas AS and Seeds of Norway
Panelist and Experience Sharing

Guillem Cheung Montano

Geologist and Founder of Guillem Cheung Photography
Panelist and Experience Sharing

Maria Amelie

Entrepreneur and Founder of Startup Migrants
Panelist

Vanessa Kamara

Senior Associate, Ernst & Young
Experience Sharing





Ka Man Mak

Founder, The Oslo Desk
Experience Sharing

Raja Skogland

CEO, TheFactory Academy
Experience Sharing

Erik Falk Hansen

Chief Talent Sourcer, Avantgarde Search
Panelist with expertise in job opportunities and career development.

Gilbert K. Adarkwah

Lecturer/Assistant Professor in Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, BI
Workshop Facilitator with expertise in Strategy, Product and Pricing, and Investments Policy

Ali Zareiee

Founder, Adapt360 and The Mars Society Scandinavia
Experience Sharing

Faraaz Ali

Communications Director, Founder Institute
Workshop Facilitator with expertise in Communications and Business Development

Anna Yevseyeva

Founder, ENK på 1-2-3
Workshop Facilitator with expertise in operations management and accounting.

Dr. David L. Sam

Professor of Cross-cultural Psychology, University of Bergen
Experience Sharing

Lasse B. Lien

Professor of Strategy, Norwegian School of Economics (NHH)
Workshop Facilitator with expertise in Business Strategy, Growth and Management

Kathleen Offman Mathisen

CHRO and Internal Communications, Grieg Seafood ASA
Panelist with expertise in HR Consulting, Crisis Management, International Project Management and Business Development

Irene Kinunda Afriyie

Consultant, Fargespill; Public Speaker
Panelist with expertise in Research, Public Speaking and Teaching, with focus on diversity and leadership

Åshild Aarø

Community Manager, StartupLab Bergen
Workshop Facilitator with expertise in Sustainable Innovation and Design Thinking

Kristoffer Bondehagen

Performance Marketing Specialist, AG&
Workshop Facilitator with expertise in Digital Marketing and Communications

Barbara Salopek

Founder and CEO, VINCO Innovation Consulting
Workshop Facilitator with expertise in Innovation and Business Development

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