During the fall, Inclusive Business Sweden has conducted an integration project called GREN. The aim of the project has been to develop a scalable concept for how to increase the possibilities of immigrants to Sweden to start their own businesses. What makes GREN different from similar initiatives is the ”across borders” aspect, which means that the participants’ business ideas should have some kind of connection to their former home country, thereby promoting economic growth and development there, as well as here in Sweden.

Eight participants completed the course which was ended with a version of the Dragon’s den. The participants then got the opportunity to present their business ideas before a panel of experts. The panel consisted of representatives from Drivhuset, Chalmers School of Entrepreneurship and Business Region Göteborg, as well as a CSR responsible from the Red Cross and an entrepreneur with long experience from working with renewable energy.

During 2016-2017 GREN enters a new, exciting phase as Inclusive Business Sweden will be working towards implementing the concept in other cities in Sweden. In Göteborg, they are also working to scale up the already established course, potentially in cooperation with Drivhuset. In the future, Inclusive Business Sweden is aiming towards implementing the concept on an international level.