Launch of Student and Young Professional Platform

SACC-NE is pleased to announce the launch of our brand new Student and Young Professional Platform. With this initiative, we want to help facilitate networking and idea-sharing within our network of professionals and students, with an interest in all-things Scandinavia, in the New England area. Our first event, which was held at Earls, was a true success, and we want to thank everyone who came out!

We are already hard at work at planning the next event, which will be centered around a company visit to one of the biggest tech firms inn the area. Stay tuned for more information!


President's Letter | October 2018

Dear SACC-NE Members and Friends,


The last month has been an exciting time for the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce New England. A special thank-you to those who attended our Annual General Meeting on September 13 th and the European Cocktail Night on September 27 th (pictures here). It was great to see so many new faces as well as old friends of SACC-NE!

I’m pleased to announce the new changes/additions to the Chamber:

- Announcing new members of the Operations Team:

o Secretary, Susanna Bächle, Strategic Partnership Manager, Addgene

o Treasurer, Anders Utter, Finance Management Professional

o Trainee, Jacob Hansen Karaduman (interview here)

o Intern, Douglas von Rosen (interview here)

o SACC-NE Young Professionals Coordinator, Xenia Klark Kurpatow (interview here)

o SACC-NE Young Professional Coordinator, Elin Wolker (interview here)

- A warm welcome to newly elected SACC-NE Board Directors:

o Ann-Kristin Lund, Sweden’s Deputy Consul General to New York

o Göran Olsson, Founder, GOL Consulting

o Karin Hellsvik, Director of Global Patient Advocacy, Biogen

o Eric Buchka, Vice President, MERGE Boston

Over the coming weeks, we will be sharing with our members more information and updates regarding our program and events for the upcoming year. On this note, I’m happy to share with you that we’ve decided to reignite SACC-NE Young Professionals in an effort to support and serve as a networking platform for young Swedes and Swedish Americans in the area. Some notable young professionals in our network include Forbes 30 Under 30 member Erik Gatenholm, CEO of Cellink and John Samuelsson, PhD Candidate and Research Fellow at MIT. Stay tuned over the next weeks to learn more!

At your service,

Christina Björnström

SACC-NE, President

New Corporate Member: Fred & The Good Guys !


SACC-NE is beyond excited to be able to introduce our newest Corporate Member: Fred & The Good Guys.


“Effectiveness Is Our Objective, Creativity Our Strategy”

Biased toward the emotive, Fred & The Good Guys is an agile creative strategy and marketing agency on a mission to help brands gain an unfair share of the future.

Founded by Fredrik Särnblad, Fred & The Good Guys are ideas people who don't hide behind black-box methodologies and fashionable jargon. Rather, Fred & The Good guys help its clients solve their toughest problems through the art of asking better questions, thinking harder, applying creativity and never, ever settling for good enough. 

The services offering includes: Brand Positioning, Brand Architecture, Market Research (Exploratory Qualitative and Quantitative), Creative Strategy, Creative Platform (Big Brand Idea), Integrated Advertising Campaigns: digital, video, print and more.


You guessed it – His name is Fred

Fred is a culturally ambidextrous, multilingual and award-winning brand planner with over 15 years of global experience as a brand strategist in agencies, such as BBH, TBWA and MullenLowe. He is also a highly regular guy who loves hockey.

Fred was born in Sweden, educated around the world and after a decade working across Asia, he landed on US soil in 2012. 

When you hire Fred & The Good Guys, you get Fred. And depending on the nature of the assignment, Fred calls on The Good Guys and assembles an experienced, tailored team for the task at hand. 


Just Add Cooking Launches Crowdfunding Campaign

Swedish Success Story Just Add Cooking is Being Crowdfunded!  
Just Add Cooking, a Boston-based meal kit company and SACC-NE Corporate Member, is launching a WeFunder crowdfunding campaign.
Just Add Cooking, a company that epitomizes SACC-NE's mission of creating Swedish-American businesses success in New England, focuses on making local food accessible through customizable meal solutions. They will be using this investment to expand in the Northeast, launch new products and a provide a more personalized meal solution.

Here are some key metrics:

  • Average order value $92, compared to $57 for Blue Apron

  • 26% retention, compared to 13% in the industry

  • $1,862 average first-year customer spend, 3x more than industry

  • Named Best of Boston 2018: Meal Kit Delivery by Boston Magazine

You can read more about Just Add Cooking’s plans and their crowdfunding campaign here:

This is a fantastic way to support a local company that is doing unique things within both the meal kit and local food spheres, and providing real impact on the local food economy.

If you have any questions, CEO Katerina Cronstedt is happy to answer. You can reach her at

Introducing our new Young Professional Coordinators: Xenia & Elin

Meet SACC-NE’s newest talents: Xenia & Elin!

We are delighted to be able to present the newest additions to SACC-NE’s operational team! Xenia and Elin will be joining the organization on a part-time basis as the Chamber’s Young Professionals Coordinators. SACC-NE’s Young Professional network is something to look out for as we are now in the early stages of a revitalization of the initiative, which is led by Douglas von Rosen.

So who are our new stars? Have a look below for a quick highlight on both of them!

Xenia Klark Kurpatow

Xenia, a Swedish native, is currently enrolled at Northeastern University here in Boston, where she has just entered her junior year, studying Politics, Philosophy & Economics. For Xenia’s highlight, we decided to do a short interview:

What brought you to Boston?

I had a great and caring college counselor who helped me find my way to Boston, to attend Northeastern University. My university provides me with an interesting interdisciplinary degree, while also encouraging me to take time off my studies to gain valuable work experience with local and global partner organizations to the University.

How did you come in contact with SACC-NE?

Well, it’s kind of funny. I know Douglas (SACC-NE Intern) from Stockholm - and he knew I was studying here in Boston. Last semester, while I was working at the Swedish Chamber in London, Douglas was telling me about the amazing opportunity he had gotten here. Once I returned to Boston I was introduced to SACC-NE by Douglas. Eventually I was presented with the opportunity to assist the Chamber, which I was an offer that I was excited to be able to accept.

How will you contribute to the team?

My past experiences in London will be helpful in the sense that I am aware of the challenges, as well as the opportunities, that a chamber faces in this constantly changing and fast-paced world. I am excited at the opportunity to take what I have learned from previous experiences to help the Chamber. I also look forward to collaborating with the team and to learn from them.

What do you like to do in Boston, when you are not studying or working?

The Bostonians truly take their food seriously and I have thoroughly enjoyed experiencing the best of what the town has to offer food-wise. Pro tip: try the squid ink pasta at The Daily Catch in the North End. Other than that, I love to hang out with friends - going to concerts or other music events around the area.

Elin Wolker

Elin, tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am currently in my 4th and final year as an undergraduate student at Boston University. I am majoring in International Relations with a focus on business, politics, and economics in the European region. I was born in Sweden and raised in Southern California by my Swedish father and Mexican mother, and ended up moving to the East Coast to attend university. Besides academics, I enjoy the athletic and multi-cultural aspect of the city. I compete on the Cross Country and Track & Field team at BU and enjoy exploring Boston’s diverse restaurant scene in my spare time.

What led you to join SACC-NE?

I initially joined SACC-NE as a student member a year ago, as I was eager to meet other Swedes and be a part of the local Swedish community. I am interested in the cross-cultural communication and connection that exists between Sweden and the US and want to be a part of this relationship-building process through SACC-NE. I think SACC-NE will offer me a hands-on experience, where I can learn from professionals, but also contribute with my ideas and perspective as a student.

How will you contribute to the team?

This year, I hope to build a strong foundation and inviting atmosphere for Young Professionals - helping other students, like myself, gain valuable, career-related experiences and make the most of what the city of Boston has to offer!