Press Invitation
STARTUP SUMMIT SWEDEN – THE NETHERLANDS 23 MAY, EPICENTER, AMSTERDAM In both Sweden and the Netherlands, the startup sector is booming. According to the recent Startup Genome ranking, both the Stockholm and Amsterdam startup ecosystems ranked top 20 globally. What are the key factors behind the thriving startup sectors in Sweden and the Netherlands? Leading experts and entrepreneurs will share their views during the Startup Summit, held the day before the opening of The Next Web at the brand-new Amsterdam premises of Epicenter.   Date: 23 May Time. 14.30-19.00 Venue: Epicenter Amsterdam, Fred Roeskestraat 115, 1076 EE Amsterdam   Please note: the summit starts at 15.00. Doors will close at 14.55 sharp.   Introduction by moderator Wilco Schuttelaar, Holland Innovation Network   HRH Prince Daniel of Sweden and HRH Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands will honor the event with their presence and make introductory remarks.  Speakers: Stina Billinger – State Secretary and Deputy Minister for Enterprise and Innovation, Sweden Mona Keijzer – State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, the Netherlands Ricardo van Loenen – Founder/CEO B.Building Business Patrick Mesterton – CEO Epicenter Stockholm Ruben Nieuwenhuis, Director StartupAmsterdam, private lead/Chair International Advisory Board, Amsterdam Metropolitan Region, Economic Board Alberto Corti – Head of SSES Ventures Robert Bueninck – General Manager DACH Klarna Don Ginsel – Founder Holland FinTech Elisabeth Thand Ringqvist, Senior Advisor to NFT Ventures, and Chairman SVCA Marc Wullings – Managing Partner SkipRed Nils Beers – Director of StartupDelta  

More information and full program

For press accreditation, please contact:  Jenny Lycke Communication Officer, Embassy of Sweden in The Hague +31 654 232213   Anne van Pinxteren Press Contact State Secretary Mona Keijzer, Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy +31 611 753583  
May 14, Chamber Luncheon with Jesper Brodin
On May 14 the Swedish Chamber of Commerce was very proud to host a Chamber Luncheon with keynote speaker Mr. Jesper Brodin, CEO & President of IKEA Group, in the presence of H.E. Ambassador of Sweden Mr. Per Holmström. We would like to thank Mr. Brodin for his inspiring speech about IKEA and its vision for the future as well as thank Courtyard by Marriot for excellent hosting. Thank you to all guests for participating and making this Luncheon to a successful networking event!   To view pictures from the event, click .
23 May Startup Summit Sweden – The Netherlands

Startup Summit Sweden – the Netherlands

All you need to know about connecting to the Swedish – Dutch Startup Scene

What are the key factors behind the thriving startup sectors in Sweden and the Netherlands?

Leading experts and entrepreneurs will share their views and provide knowledge and tools for future collaborations. The Swedish Chamber of Commerce, The Embassy of Sweden in The Hague and the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy invites you to exchange views on the development of the startup ecosystems in both countries. The goal is to benchmark and promote business cooperation between startups, incubators, accelerators and investors and to take part in the dynamic Startup match-making session. HRH Prince Daniel of Sweden and HRH Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands will honour the event with their presence and make introductory remarks.    
Chamber Luncheon May 14, 2018 hosted at Chamber member Courtyard Amsterdam Arena Atlas Hotel

In the heart of Amsterdam Zuid-Oost, located next to the corporate offices of Vattenfall, Nuon, Adidas and many more and right next to the entertainment district of Amsterdam and station Bijlmer Arena you’ll find the Courtyard Amsterdam Arena Atlas hotel.

  A 175-bedrooms hotel with meeting facilities and restaurant. Built and opened in June 2015 by Belvar, which is a hotel management and development company currently operating Marriott hotels under franchise agreement. The hotel has a Scandinavian look and feel due to the Scandinavian roots of Belvar. We are very proud of our own restaurant brand concept: GåRD Nordic Kitchen. The design is based on an old farmhouse located in Mönsterås, Sweden. The interior, the furniture and fireplaces create the homely atmosphere inside GåRD. We serve a menu inspired by the Nordic kitchen and created by formerly Michelin star Nordic chef Willy Solvang. Our restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Enjoy one of the famous flatbreads, a smørrebrød or one of Willy’s signature dishes. We are very proud to be the host for the Swedish Chamber Luncheon on the 14th of May and look forward to welcoming the co-members of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce to our hotel!       Courtyard Amsterdam Arena Atlas Hoogoorddreef 1 1101 BA Amsterdam
Welcome New Member Lindmark Legal

The Swedish Chamber of Commerce is very pleased to welcome Stina Lindmark for Lindmark Legal as new member.

After a large number of years as an employee in various legal settings, I recently decided to try my wings as an entrepreneur. My unique selling point is also my passion: the combination of Swedish roots & language and Dutch law. Over the past years, I have discovered that when working with parties that are somehow related to Sweden, I tend to work with a smile on my face. I am proud of being Swedish and at the same time I enjoy living in the Netherlands and practising Dutch law. So this is what I have decided to invest my time and energy in. Hence: Lindmark Legal! Obviously, I will continue providing my clients with Dutch legal advice, mainly in the field of corporate and business law. Assisting clients with mergers and acquisitions and drafting and assessing contracts is what I do best, from a legal perspective. But next to that, I would like to provide that little extra that clients can gain from my language skills and my experience with doing business between Sweden and the Netherlands. Swedish clients entering the Dutch market by start-up, acquisition, distribution relationship or otherwise. Or Dutch clients doing business in Sweden or with Swedes. Both type of client can gain from my language skills (I am fluent in Swedish, Dutch and English) and the fact that I know my way around both the Swedish and the Dutch business culture. Also, my netwerk in both Sweden and the Netherlands can be put to use for my clients. My working experience within a tax-firm, a management providing company (trust company) and law-firms has left me with a vast network of specialists in various fields. My aim is to, like the Öresund bridge connects Sweden with mainland Europe, make the connection between Sweden and the Netherlands that you need to optimise your business. Check out my website to see what Lindmark Legal can do for you. Please also feel free to drop me an e-mail or give me a ring for a free consult.   Stina Lindmark attorney-at-law PO Box 59718 1040 LE Amsterdam phone: +31 88 0110 672 mobile: +31 6255 18 993  
Annual Review 2017 available now!
The Swedish Chamber of Commerce's Annual Review for 2017 is now available for download.  Click to read.      
Stromma Nederland introduces the first electric tourist bus

Stromma Nederland will introduce a Hop on – Hop off bus service in Amsterdam this spring. Two of these Stromma double-deck tourist busses will be electrical which means that Stromma Nederland will be the first to drive double deck tourist busses in the Netherlands.

KLM starts flights to Växjö (VXO) in Sweden

In May 2018 KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will continue to expand its medium haul network, with scheduled services to Växjö in south Sweden. KLM will operate a daily flight to Växjö in an Embraer 175 with 88 seats. This brings the total number of European destinations KLM operates directly from Amsterdam to 89.

  Barry ter Voert, Senior Vice President Europe: ”North Europe is a strong and attractive region where KLM already operates a unique network. We are proud to be the first major international airline to launch daily flights to Vaxjo, the hometown of IKEA”.   About Växjö Located in the south of Sweden, Växjö is the capital city of the Kronoberg region. It has an entrepreneurial climate, a renowned university and is the hometown of Ikea. Växjö gives access to nature and outdoor activities and has an excellent reputation for gastronomy.