Mitt Liv

Sofia Appelgren.
A social enterprise that tackles the dual challenges of integration and employment among highly educated young migrants, through offering mentorship programmes that foster labour market integration and promote cultural diversity.
What solution does the innovation propose?

Mitt Liv ('My Life' in English) offers mentorship programmes aimed at young migrants who have completed post-secondary education and want to get guidance and build a professional network in the Swedish labour market. The organisation also offers mentoring and training to companies aimed at increasing the diversity of their workforce and migrant integration in the workplace.


Sustainability Sweden (2017). Gothenburg’s Entrepreneur of the Year (2015). Sofia Appelgren is an Ashoka Fellow (2010).

Impact evidence

  • Over 400 young participants are engaged every year.
  • The network includes 35 partner companies.
  • 54% of all mentees reported having received some kind of work experience (employment or training) through the programme.
  • 66% felt that Mitt Liv had enhanced their ability to reach the goals they strive for.
How does it work?

The organisation’s main programme, Mitt Livs Chans (Chance of a Lifetime), is based on three goals:

  • Increasing knowledge of the labour market.
  • Expanding the mentee’s professional network.
  • Improving language skills.

Participants are selected through an application and interview process. They are offered a free, nine-month evening programme that consists of training and individual mentoring as well as opportunities for networking and sharing with peers. The mentors come from partner companies or apply online, and Mitt Liv offers them a preparatory course in coaching techniques. In addition to mentoring programmes, lectures, training and networking meetings are offered to individual companies to help them diversify their recruitment base and increase their knowledge about cultural diversity.

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Where was initially developed
Gothenburg, Stockholm, Östergötland and Skåne, Sweden.
Last updated: 
June 2017

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