Susanne Birgersdotter, Serial Entrepreneur, Global Speaker and Author addressed the members of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce and the Epicenters Community at a lunch presentation on November 29, 2018 at our new premises at Epicenter Amsterdam.
Susanne is a Swedish self-made entrepreneur and investor founder of IGOTCHA, Stockholm App Lab, SBDM invet and Birgersdotter Innovate. Susanne is also partner in the invest company MilkWayCap. She has gone from designing her first app from the kitchen table to becoming a partner in the VC company MilkyWayCap within 7 years. On November 28 Susanne visited the Swedish Chamber of Commerce and shared her insights as an Entrepreneur, ups and downs, pitfalls and success stories with more than 50 members of the Swedish Chamber and the Epicenter Community. We would like to thank Susanne for her inspiring talk, Epicenter for the great collaboration and all members and guests for making this Founders lunch talk to a great success.
The Swedish Chamber and Young Professionals Entrepreneurs Café
Blockchain: What? Why? and How?
November 20, 18.30 – 20.30
The Entrepreneurs Café is coming up on Nov. 20. This time we will learn more about Blockchain: what, why and how. The blockchain technology created the backbone of a new type of internet by allowing digital information to be distributed but not copied. Originally devised for the digital currency, Bitcoin, the tech community is now finding other potential uses for the technology. Blockchain technology present opportunities for disruptive innovation, it enables global business transactions with less friction and more trust. How does it work? Are you ready to begin your Blockchain? Join us in the discussions after keynote presentations by Lara Plandsoen, IBM and Marcel Damen, Horizon Internet Technologies.
Our speakers will explain the Blockchain technology by presenting how it can be utilized in industrial solutions (how-to-use cases) and will involve the participants in a workshop on how Blockchain can be used in everyday life as well as in the future.
About the Entrepreneurs Café
The Swedish Chamber of Commerce and the Young Professionals organizes several Entrepreneurs Cafés each year. Each Entrepreneurs Café includes a keynote speaker and group discussions in a relaxed setting, in order to learn as much as possible and to share experiences and expertise. You will go home not only inspired but also with a toolbox for how to further explore the topic of the Entrepreneurs Café in which you have participated.
The Swedish Chamber of Commerce exclusive Business Woman Program 2018 presents four seminars for the empowering and support of woman business leaders. The seminars are designed to increase and sharpen your leadership skills and to help yourself to a higher level of efficiency, awareness, and success. Moderator is Malin Hedlund, MH Leadership. We welcome the women from the Swedish Chamber, Young Professionals of the Swedish Chamber with a focus to expand leadership communication and strengthen the skills to communicate with others. You can follow any number of seminars you prefer. If you attend all four, the Swedish Chamber will offer you the last one for free!
Date: November 15, 2018 How to promote yourself and sell your products
Time: 18.30 – 21.00
We want to be able to sell our ideas or products, but how do you get others interested and involved in what you’re creating? In this session we focus on the personal brand and image you convey, and how it affects
other people’s perception of, and their confidence in you. Time:
Swedish Fika will be served at all Seminars!
By invitation only.
The Swedish Chamber of Commerce and Young Professionals Mentorship Program is a 6-month program consisting of 4 mandatory Seminars and workshops, including a final evaluating and closing meeting. The Swedish Chamber of Commerce and Young Professionals Mentorship Program was launched in October 2012. It strives to provide participants with the opportunity to grow in their careers and to enrich their personal developments by exchanging experiences, views, and knowledge. By utilizing the Chamber’s extensive network of international business leaders, the program offers Young Professionals a unique Mentor experience.
The highly successful program includes one-to-one sessions, seminars, and workshops. It is designed for Young Professionals between 25 and 36 years old with high ambitions to develop and grow. The ideal Mentee has a few years of work experience and knowledge of managing and executing projects.
One-on-one meetings are encouraged to take place once every six weeks, offering opportunities for in-depth discussions while creating strong personal bonds. There will also be a possibility for personal meetings one-on-one at the seminars and workshops.
Seminars and Workshops
4 mandatory seminars and workshops are scheduled throughout the year to guide you through the Mentorship Program, and to help you reach your goal for personal growth and development, as well as to share experiences and insights with others and building on your business network.
The Swedish Chamber of Commerce and Young Professionals Mentorship Program is open to all members and encourages both mentors and mentees to register.
With this program, MercuriUrval and the Swedish Chamber of Commerce, in co-operation, is supporting the next generation’s leaders by connecting Mentees from the Young Professionals with mentors from the Chamber’s extensive network of international leaders.
What makes the difference between a career that thrives and one that stalls? For many in the business world, it’s a mentor. In addition to helping you define your professional development path, a mentor an help you deal with the everyday concerns in the daily job life. While one should never blindly follow in the footsteps of others, the lessons learned from others’ experiences and missteps, can prove invaluable.
The Mentor/Mentee couples will be selected carefully according to the application forms by the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in close co-operation with the Program Leader. After mentors are paired up with mentees both Mentors and Mentees are participating at the four scheduled Workshops and Seminars throughout the year both as individuals and as a couple. At these Seminars and Workshops, time has also been included for one-to-one meetings between the Mentor and the Mentee.
The Swedish Chamber of Commerce and Young Professionals Mentorship Program is a 6-month program consisting of 4 mandatory Seminars and Workshops including a final evaluating and closing meeting. In between the mandatory meetings the participants are encouraged to plan one-to-one meetings in person or via Skype.
During the whole year, you will learn about the benefits of having a Mentor or being the Mentor to a Mentee and how to get the most out of a Mentorship relation. You will also build on your (business) network within the Swedish Chamber of Commerce and get to know and share ideas with other members both from the Swedish Chamber of Commerce and YP Young Professionals.
The Participation Fee for Mentors and Mentees for the Mentorship Program 2018-2019 including 4 Seminars/Workshops, Workshop Material and final dinner Euro 30.00 p.p. to be transferred to the Swedish Chamber of Commerce before the start of the Mentorship Program October 23, 2018.
The Mentorship Program 2018-2019 is approaching, but there is still time to register as a Mentor or a Mentee! Below we have listed some of the confirmed Mentors for the upcoming year’s program. More Mentors will be announced.
Wilma Buis, Program Coach of the Mentorship Program and Managing Director at Mercuri Urval
Everth Flores, VP/GM Country Manager The Netherlands at Ericsson
Remy Steijger, Chief Operating Officer and Co-founder at Digital Captains
Roland van Pooij, COO Handelsbanken the Netherlands
Rüdiger Müller, Head of Economy Handelsbanken the Netherlands
Luuk Nooter, Head of Products Handelsbanken the Netherlands
Sandra van de Zijpp, Management Consultant Mercuri Urval
Camilla Degerth, Camilla Degerth
Ed Reichman, Managing Consultant, and Founder Reiyd
Hendrik Jan Guitink, Partner AIMS International-Netherlands B.V.
Find our brochure including application form by clicking on Programme below!
Application will be open from 6th of August 2018.
This Program is made possible by the Swedish Chamber of Commerce and Mercuri Urval sponsored by
Inter IKEA Systems.
The Swedish Chamber of Commerce, Finnish Dutch Chamber of Commerce, Norwegian Dutch Chamber of Commerce, and Danish Dutch Business Club would like to welcome you to this year’s #NordicTalks Diversity Summit on October 11!
This summit will interactively discuss the questions below from the Diversity perspective. Diversity meaning understanding, accepting, and valuing differences between people including those of different races, ethnicities, genders, ages, religions, disabilities, and sexual orientations as well as with differences in education, personalities, skill sets, experiences, and knowledge bases.
- Diverse and inclusive companies have a better competitive edge.
- Diversity often means higher financial performance.
- Diversity and inclusion bridge the talent gap.
- Diverse and inclusive organizations have increased adaptability.
- Diversity and inclusion promote creativity and innovation.
What does it take to work actively with diversity & inclusion strategies and why does it matter? How do some of our leading Nordic companies work with their Diversity Strategies and what can we learn from each other?
16.35 Introductory remarks by the Nordic Ambassadors
16.45 Keynote speaker Erna Versteegden
17.08 Fireside! Lena Herder, IKEA Netherlands + Caroline van Nieuwkerk, ISS Denmark
17.48 Fireside! Lotta Gunnarsson, Booking.com + Wenche Fredriksen, Accenture, Norway
18.20 Panel discussion and Q & A
18.40 Conclusion remarks by Moderator
18.50 Mingle and drinks
20.00 End of program
Moderator: Stefan Wijers
#NordicTalks is designed for sharing experiences, knowledge and inspiration from others to get new insights on how to move forward and reach important policy goals in your own environment.
Photo credit: Hanne Hansen. View all of the photos on the #NordicTalks website http://nordictalks.org/portfolio/2018-diversity-summit/!
It was the genuine pleasure of Inter IKEA Systems B.V. and the Swedish Chamber of Commerce to host a welcome reception in Delft for the new Ambassador of Sweden, H.E. Mrs. Annika Markovic, on Thursday, September 27. Invited were the members of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce, Svenska Klubben, SWEA, Svensk-Nederländska Föreningen, Svenska Skolföreningen, Svenska Kyrkan Rotterdam, Svenska Golfklubben and Cornelis Vreeswijk Genootschap as well as Business Sweden, Visit Sweden and the Swedish Consuls.
The Swedish Chamber of Commerce also took this opportunity to appoint H.E. Ambassador of Sweden, Mrs. Annika Markovic as Honorary Chairwoman of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce.
On behalf of Inter IKEA Systems B.V. and the Swedish Chamber, we wish to welcome the new Ambassador and to thank everyone that joined us in Delft.
View the photos in the slideshow below!
18.00 Introductory remarks by Ehsan Turabaz, Manager International Sales, IKEA B.V., and Chairman of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce
Welcome by Jon Abrahamsson, Managing Director, Inter IKEA Systems B.V.
Welcome to the Ambassador on behalf of the Swedish organizations in the Netherlands
Address by H.E. Ambassador Annika Markovic
20.00 End of event
Thank you to everyone who attended the annual Swedish Crayfish Party in Amsterdam!
We kicked off the autumn season with our festive Annual Crayfish Party on September 15, together with the Young Professionals, Svenska Klubben and SWEA for an evening of traditional Swedish festivities.
The crayfish season is one of the most popular cultural celebrations in Sweden. On September 15, we welcomed everyone to Roei- en Zeilvereniging De Amstel in Amsterdam to celebrate the end of summer with us.
The evening was gracefully lead by Ceremony Master, Aron Vrieler and Toastmaster, Gillis Danielsen. After a welcome drink on the beautiful terrace overlooking the Amstel River, a three-course crayfish menu was served. For dessert, we enjoyed coffee and Swedish Dajmtårta! When the hats and bibs were off, the tables and chairs were swept away, and the party continued at the dancefloor together with DJ Percy.
We would like to especially thank all of our sponsors for making this a magical evening!
View the photos from the event in the slideshow below! Photos by: Jenny Drost.