3 March 2021|Latest Posts, Meet the Successful Founder
Maria Frykman is founder and CEO of premium yet truly sustainable outdoor childrenswear company Isbjörn of Sweden. In 2005, frustrated by the lack of durable outdoor clothing for children, new mum Maria changed the direction of her career from being a management consultant into becoming an entrepreneur. Together with her friend Camilla, she was determined to make the most durable yet sustainable “no compromise” outdoor clothing for kids of all ages.
What would you love to share with other women wanting to start their own business?
Believe in yourself and your ability to achieve your goals. Don’t expect the journey to be easy. If you passionately believe in your idea and have the determination to succeed – you will! Our very first order of 800 fleece overalls was sewn with our very own hands and we worked all night to ensure our first customer received their order on time. Our products are now available all over the world, in more than 15 countries.
What are your top 5 tips for entrepreneurial success?
Believe in what you want to achieve and stick to your path
Try to start organically and build from there
Avoid any unnecessary start-up costs
Stay focused and don’t make too many compromises
Learn from those early mistakes – they will become invaluable in future years
Who are the women who inspire you the most?
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
What are your favourite inspirational quotes?
Malala Yousafzai “If one man can destroy everything, why can’t one girl change it.”
Angela Merkel “When it comes to human dignity, we cannot make compromises.”
Ruth Bader Ginsburg ”Every now & then it helps to be a little deaf.”
Michelle Obama ”Success isn’t about how much money you make. It’s about the difference
you make in people’s lives”
Oprah Winfrey “Anything you can imagine you can create”
Emma Watson “I don’t want other people to decide who I am. I want to decide for myself.”
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