Do you need help with startup?
When you start up your own business, you can get tips and advice from various resource people in your region. You can obtain guidance, take courses or join a network with others who are also in the start-up phase.
Who can help me?
There are many resources available which can help you set up and run your business. Local authorities, including development companies, Innovation Norway and many other organisations employ experts who can assist you as advisors and mentors. Useful resources may include people who have industry knowledge, knowledge of local conditions and who can provide guidance before, during and after start-up.
Spend some time building up a picture of the resources you can draw on in your local area and who you can contact in the start-up phase. It may save you a lot of time and money.
These useful resources include:
- a discussion partner to guide you through the process,
- information and guidance about starting your own business,
- a meeting place where you can meet other entrepreneurs,
- help to plan your start-up business,
- help to join resource networks,
- help to establish links with funding sources.
The services available vary from municipality to municipality. You should decide at an early stage what type of help you can expect to receive from your local resource people.
You can use Innovation Norway's Entrepreneur Hotline (Gründertelefon) to discuss your idea. You can also obtain the contact information of the supervisor at your location.
Test your idea
It is important to spend time out in the market in order to get feedback on your idea. Innovation Norway holds free short courses on how you can test and develop your idea further.
Introductory course for new entrepreneurs
The Norwegian Tax Administration arranges courses specifically for entrepreneurs who have just started a business. On these courses, you will be able to learn about taxes and duties, etc. These courses are held nationwide and are free of charge.