Start a business


West Sweden is one of the country’s fastest growing regions for new startups. If you have an idea or have noticed a gap in the market, or simply want to create your own job, starting your own business may be something for you. And the process is relatively straightforward.


A good starting point is the website This is created by several government agencies and has information in English on how to start and run a business in Sweden.

Another is ALMI, which via its IFS Rådgivning, offers free advisory services in English and several other languages – both over the phone and in person. It also offers various financing solutions.

In the Gothenburg region, the City of Gothenburg and Business Region Göteborg also offer free advisory services for budding entrepreneurs, including drop-in sessions at the city library and at Business Region Göteborg’s business centres at Hisingen and Angered.

Outside of Gothenburg, you can turn to Genväg, for guidance and advice. You should also contact your municipality as it may offer other helpful services and information for entrepreneurs.

Other useful agencies and networks for starting and running a business:

Business Region Göteborg

West Sweden Chamber of Commerce

Region Västra Götaland

ADA Sweden




Startup Grind Gothenburg

Swedish Startup space

Gothenburg Startup Hack

Open Coffee Club Göteborg


Co-working spaces:


Entrepreneurial Hive


Invoicing services if you don’t have a company:

Frilans Finans


Cool Company



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