SoPact is presenting our latest superheroes!

As we are moving into autumn and darker times – we thought this should be the perfect timing to announce the people and the startups bringing a bit of extra light into this world. The fourth edition for the SoPact accelerator program is now running from October to January and there are six fantastic startups participating in the program.

– With Sopact we want to explore the opportunities to identify and support entrepreneurs as well as intrapreneurs who, together with students and researchers, want to develop and spread new methods, tools and services for social work in a changing world with complex societal challenges, says Marcus Knutagård, Deputy Head of Socialhögskolan.

In the beginning of October, we kicked off this accelerator program with an intensive bootcamp experience which really made us see how much fantastic people and potential we have the great opportunity of working with in this round of SoPact. The participating entrepreneurs are active in areas such as integration and health and are all driven by contributing to positive social development.

– We are very proud to have been accepted for Sopact’s accelerator program that comes in perfect time for our startup. All our ideas and loose threads have got more structure and guidance to implement them. Says Emir Mujezinovic, co-founder of ett hem att trivas i, en stad att trivas i

Helsingborg City is one of the co-financiers of the SoPact project and they also enable social entrepreneurs to sit and work in a creative environment at Think Open Space.

– SoPact is a way for the city to create conditions and a context for entrepreneurs with ideas that are socially, environmentally and economically sustainable that can contribute to the city’s vision that Helsingborg in 2035 will be the creative, vibrant, common and global city for people and companies, says Peter Arvebro, responsible for higher education, Helsingborg City.

Proudly presenting:

Social Business Lab Builds bridges between the Swedish IT-sector and newly arrived by offering tailor-made educations within programming and IT-development.

I am Coaching Works to expand people’s self-knowledge and transformation for the purpose of well-being and unlocking potential, through playful productivity and experiential-based workshops, coaching and courses.

Helsingborg International Connections – A knowledge-sharing network for global talents and their families. Our on- and offline platforms create a welcoming and informative experience, supporting our region’s aim to attract and retain international companies and key experts.

EOS Cares  Promotes social responsibility and integration of international and local citizens. Supported by EOS Lund Basketklubben, several activity groups per week provide room and times to meet, socialize, play and learn together – regardless of age, cultural background and profession.

Ett hem att trivas i, en stad att trivas i – Everybody deserves a home to enjoy themselves in, no matter the income. A low cost home styling agency using recycled furniture and materials. Bringing together working groups that normally do not meet, on a mission for a better society, together.

Velohouse – An open Co-Op styled workspace in Helsingborg, inspiring and facilitating creative projects with an appreciation for cultural diversity and multidisciplinary fusion. Velohouse projects focus on building a positive and sustainable community with activities that bring people together.

Emelie Dahlström becomes Program Manager at SoPact

It is Emelie Dahlström who is the latest addition to the SoPact team in her role as Program Manager with responsibility of developing the collaboration between the accelerator program’s social entrepreneurs, Helsingborgs Stad and researchers at the School of Social Work at Campus Helsingborg.

In connection to the start of the fourth batch of the SoPact Accelerator Program Emelie Dahlström starts as Program Manager. Emelie comes immediately from Kodcentrum, a nonprofit organization which works to introduce children to programming and digital creation, without cost. As secretary-general she has built up a national organization from scratch in close collaboration with partners as Spotify, Microsoft, Sigma, Informator Utbildning, Vinnova and Stockholms Stad.

Emelie has a background in international development cooperation and has worked in the borderland between the nonprofit sector and the business sector, among other as project leader at Svenska PostkodStiftelsen. As one of the co-founders of Sweden’s first clothing library Lånegardeoben, she has a special interest for circular economy.

SoPact is a very interesting collaboration project which aims to support entrepreneurs and organizations which are contributing with solutions to local and global societal challenges. Returning to my home region, I look forward to continuing to work with my big passions: social entrepreneurship, meeting people and societal development in a dynamic and progressive region, says Emelie Dahlström.

Emelie
Foto: Maria Uhr