Diversity enriches society when its’s managed properly, each new immigrant represents an opportunity
Many in the Norwegian business community know and want to contribute to a more enriching society by opening their businesses, contributing with their expertise and networking.
Charge was founded by Aiman Shaqura who him self came to Norway in 1991 as a refugee, and has since gained more than 15 years of experience as an entrepreneur with great success. He has received several awards for his work and achievements. The current debate in Norway is very much focused on the negative consequences of refugees coming to Norway. Too few people understand how new inhabitants can represent an opportunity to create significant value.
The need for innovation and entrepreneurship is pressing as fossil fuels are becoming less dominant in the world economy. Digitalisation is challenging established businesses. Public sector is forced to become more efficient. Old jobs disappear, and new opportunities open. The need for businesses growth, that can create high value and new jobs, has never been greater.
We believe many immigrants have knowledge, skills, perspectives and motivations that can contribute to generate value and job creation, but they lack a platform to realize their potential and their ideas when they come to Norway. The potential among first generation immigrants is large, but the barriers are the following:
· Lack of knowledge and access to the Norwegian business culture and society to build a successful business and industries is key to business success: When you are new to a country you do not have the same knowledge and access to the business culture and society. The entrepreneurs in Charge will be hosted by industry partners that provide valuable experience and an inclusive, vibrant work environment.
· Lack of knowledge of formal and informal rules: The Norwegian business culture is built on trust. Lack of knowledge of formal and informal rules can lead to misunderstandings and uncertainties. Entrepreneurs need that kind of knowledge to build trust, make the right business assessments, maintain contacts and contracts.
· Lack of knowledge of legislation and interaction between government and industry: The Norwegian public sector is a large sector, and the entrepreneurs can miss out on great opportunities if they do not have knowledge of how to trade with this sector, and how they operate.
· Lack of operational help and close follow-up: When you are new to a country you operate in an unknown market. To operate in that market will take time and resources. With operational support and close follow-up, entrepreneurs will not lose momentum (motivation) when trying to navigate in the Norwegian market and run their business.
· Missing relevant and professional network: In the Norwegian market a lot of the agreements, employments and trades are being done off-market (within a network). When missing the relevant and professional connections, entrepreneurs have limited access to their target market.
A range of leading players in the Norwegian corporate scene support Charge Incubator. They share two important characteristics; they are a leading player in their field, and they fully support Charge's ambition of improving inclusion of first generation immigrants. The partners are the backbone of Charge and will support with their knowledge and experience, as well as host and mentor the entrepreneurs.
Interested in becoming a Charge partner?
Trigger is a Scandinavian development agency with strong expertise in innovation, business development and communication. Most award winning Norwegian PR agency in recent years, including a SABRE award for being the worlds most creative PR agency. 50 advisors in Oslo and Stockholm.
Management consulting company with Nordic heritage and global reach. Voted #1 in Culture among major consulting companies in Europe by Vault in 2016.
KPMG is an international network of audit and advisory firms currently employing 190,000 staff in 155 countries around the world.
Hero is a private company offering services aimed towards the target groups asylum seekers, refugees and immigrants. We are one of the largest organizations in Norway within our field. We established our first reception center in 1987 and have since played an important role in the development of the Norwegian reception system.
We take our own medicine and develop technology tools that help us make better decisions when we work with product and business development. When we find that the tools create value for us, we also offer them to others.
The Lundin Foundation works in partnership with the Lundin Group of companies, host governments, and local communities to improve the management of, and benefit streams from, resource development projects. Operating across diverse geographies, each with a unique cultural and socio-economic context, our aim is to ensure inclusive benefits for generations to come.
Amesto is a family-owned business with a startup spirit. The company supplies a range of services across accounting, recruitment, outsourcing and translations services.
Innovation Norway is the Norwegian Government's most important instrument for innovation and development of Norwegian enterprises and industry. They support companies in developing their competitive advantage and to enhance innovation.
High expertise communications agency specializing in team building, leadership development and media training. In Charge they will help the candidates find and develop their best qualities in order to increase their chances of success.
Tøyen Startup Village is a vibrant innovation community in Oslo, offering a unique arena for start-ups growing their business. TSV aims to be a diverse, open and international hub for people and start-ups looking to establish themselves in Norway.
Sparebanken 1 Regnskapshuset delivers accounting services to a wide range of customers. From sole proprietors, to small and medium business owners and large corporations, Sparebank 1 helps create value and handle the finances in a safe and sustainable way.
Høyskolen Kristiania is one of Norway's leading private educational institutions. The Foundation also owns the renown creative school Westerdals ACT and combined they have over 10 000 students. Høyskolen Kristiania is forward thinking institution, focusing on providing their students with the knowledge and experience they need to thrive in the future. As a partner in Charge Høyskolen will engage their best students as well as working space for our start ups.
Microsoft Corporation is a multinational technology company headquartered in Redmond, Washington. It develops, manufactures, licenses, supports and sells computer software, consumer electronics, personal computers, and services.
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), also known as the UN Refugee Agency, is a United Nations programme mandated to protect and support refugees at the request of a government or the UN itself and assists in their voluntary repatriation, local integration or resettlement to a third country. Its headquarters are in Geneva, Switzerland, and it is a member of the United Nations Development Group. The UNHCR has won two Nobel Peace Prizes, once in 1954 and again in 1981.
Bekk Consulting AS is a Norwegian company with 400 specialists in strategy, design and technology. They carry out projects for private and public stores, and have offices in Oslo and Trondheim. 90% of employees have education at master’s level, and the average age is approx. 32 years.
Blank is a technology and design environment with an alternative philosophy and approach to consultancy and working life. They also develop their own products.
Friskgården contributes to long-term healthy employees and health-promoting working environment. Their mobile professional team with specialists in working life ensures best practice in the field of work inclusion.
TINKR specializes in a structured approach to creativity and innovation. By combining the latest research and methods with our experience from complex organizations, TINKR helps a wide range of customers innovate smarter and more effectively.
LBNO delivers Lean Business Entrepreneurship Platform. This is a digital toolbox that helps entrepreneurs and business developers to create structure in startups and development proceses. The platform is free to use for entrepreneurs, and you can customize it in any way you want, by simply choosing the boards you want to work with. Our platform is designed to unbox business ideas,- a digital workflow for any venture to build, test and adapt new business ideas.
Hjelle Eiendom are providing office spaces and meeting rooms to companies with great facilities. They are located at Nydalen, Oslo.
Skyskraper consists of several companies under the same roof, and is Norway's largest freestanding environment for the production of advertising, information and entertainment.
Glocal View is a Norway born company specializes in utilizing the global trends and competency to help the local business succeed. We are a team of experienced professionals working within all aspects of vendor agnostic Smart Sourcing advisory and delivery services.
Dagens Næringsliv is one of Norway's largest newspaper specialising in business news.
Toptemp is one of Norway's leading staffing agencies, and we work closely with highly skilled areas. In short, we must be a door opener. For the right person for the right job. And the key to the door? You have it.
The core team behind Charge Incubator is a diverse group of people who are equally passionate about helping others succeed, whether it's through strategic advice, business development or communication. The team provides experience in a variety of fields and work closely with Charge to ensure that the program offers the very best platform of growth for early stage startups.