The Entrepreneur's Guide Stockholm
Welcome to Stockholm, the capital of Scandinavia. Building upon a long tradition of innovation and a dynamic tech ecosystem, Stockholm is home to many unicorns (startup companies valued at USD 1 billion), including Spotify, Klarna, Skype, Mojang, King, iZettle, Bambora and Leo Vegas. The Scandinavian city is a gateway to the other Nordic countries and a great hub for operations in all of Europe.
Access to top-notch investors, connectivity, stability and infrastructure, make the Stockholm Region a great place to start or expand a business. The largest capital in the Nordics in both size and population, Stockholm is also the region's financial centre, home to the largest stock exchange in the Nordics. Swedes are also top-ranked when it comes to speaking English, which is very important for doing business on a global scale.
Our step-by-step Entrepreneur's Guide will help you navigate through the necessary procedures to register both yourself and your company, and provide information to help you put all the chances on your side to grow your business.
Expanding or relocating an existing business in Stockholm
Invest Stockholm can provide advice and practical assistance, free of charge. Invest Stockholm can among other things assist you with getting in touch with firms specialized in relocation services, accounting, audit, law, events, PR and influencers, as well as property owners and real estate consultants.
Starting a business
So you have decided to start a business in Stockholm. Welcome! Our step-by-step guide will help you navigate through the necessary procedures to register both yourself and your business, and provide information on residence and work permits as well as an overview of the various administrations and organisations you will need to get in contact with.
Turn your idea into a business
You have that unique business idea: fantastic! To evaluate whether that idea is unique and scalable enough to turn into a business, you have a number of options, from advisory services, to incubators and accelerators. The best of it all is that many of these services are available free of charge.
Find the perfect office or co-working space
Stockholm offers a great variety of office space types, including hot desks in open plan offices, co-working spaces or flexible office spaces. Membership types and included services will vary between operators, but also depending on location, target group, office size and the attractiveness of the space. Many of the city's cafés and hotel lounges also welcome nomadic workers.
Fund your business
If time has come to borrow or raise capital from external organisations and investors, Stockholm offers a vast variety of options, from small business loans, scholarships and grants to large venture capital rounds. We have listed the main organisations and investors you can turn to in order to raise funding for your business.
Build your network and showcase your business
Stockholm's vibrant startup scene offers many possibilities for aspiring and established entrepreneurs to meet up, mingle, learn and explore new possibilities together. These are just as many possibilities to make your business visible to peers, investors, and future recruits.