In Sweden there are several authorities and organisations that offer business support in the form of advice and information, often free of charge; they can, for example, connect you with a business expert or investor.
Coompanion provides advice and guidance for people who want to start a business together, or who already have a business and who want to cooperate with other businesses.
Private-public sector organisations
New Business Centre (NyföretagarCentrum) personalised and confidential advice prior to the start up of a business. You can use it as a sounding board to discuss business ideas with experienced experts and, among other things, receive help establishing a business plan.
IFS Rådgivning (IFS advice) helps immigrants to start up and develop businesses in Sweden. Through the linguistic and cultural competencies of their advisors, IFS can help immigrants understand Swedish laws and regulations.
State owned ALMI Företagspartner AB offers company development and financing. It provides information and advice, as well as entrepreneurship courses.
The Swedish Trade Council offers free services, including information and advice on matters concerning new markets and doing business between Swedish and foreign companies.
The Swedish Companies Registration Office is in charge of registering companies and associations. Information can be obtained here about the various types of company forms, how to register your company and how to protect its name.
Swedish National Tax Board provides information on corporate taxation and reporting obligations. Companies apply to the Tax Board to register for corporation tax (corporate tax card (F-skattsedel), value-added tax (VAT) and employer's contributions.
Companies that plan to start up or expand their business operations in Sweden, can get free information and help from the Invest in Sweden Agency (ISA).
The Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth (Tillväxtverket) is an agency that provides information about starting and running a company, as well as corporate support via a number of specific programmes
On the business portal verksamt.se, the Swedish Companies Registration Office, the National Tax Board and the Agency for Economic and Regional Growth have collected information and services from the authorities of interest to entrepreneurs.
ALMI has a service called Entrepreneurs' school. The training can be followed via the web.
Access to finance is crucial for setting up and running a business.