Malmö’s new incubator is building bridges between communities

Mayor of Malmö Katrin Stjernfeldt Jammeh attended the opening of Malmö’s newest international incubator named Level. The incubator aims to help international and often marginalized communities by providing tailored business solutions that meet their specific needs.

Mayor Stjernfeldt Jammeh stated on social media: Malmö is one of the world’s global cities. We are a little over 350,000 inhabitants and together have roots and networks all over the world. Comparable to significantly larger cities such as London, Amsterdam and New York.

The idea was born after the team around Level discovered gaps in the system where immigrants were being excluded, either directly or indirectly. They responded quickly by building a new community with a main goal to provide a safe and welcoming environment for everyone, regardless of their socioeconomic status, religious beliefs, gender, or ethnicity.  Level hopes to be able to position Malmö as an international hub capable of making a positive global influence.

“If we want to innovate, we have to bring our international communities into the conversation. Like everyone else, they pay into the system and should be given the same opportunities to succeed. We have to be inclusive to create a gentler, smarter, and more accepting world,” says Fadi Barakat, Business Developer for Malmö Stad, co-founder and member of the steering committee of Level.

Malmö is one of Sweden’s most rapidly expanding cities. It is considered a crossroads for people and cultures from all over the world. Around 180 countries are represented among the city’s residents. This diversity is considered one of Malmö’s most valuable advantages. The city has seen a significant transformation from an industrial center to a ‘city of knowledge’ in recent years. Substantial resources have been invested in new technology, research, and education.

In a global world, it is a fantastic strength, and with Level, different forces gather to take advantage of experience and skills to open new doors and fulfill big dreams, mayor Stjernfeldt Jammeh concluded.

 

Photo credit: Katrin Stjernfeldt Jammeh/Instagram