Company visit at Google!

Last week the Young professional & Student group invited its members to a visit to the Google offices in Cambridge. The visit truly showcased why Google consistently ranks as the most popular employer to work for. Besides a tour of the office, the visit gave an insight into how the different divisions of Google work together, how the company manages to maintain its customer focus without sacrificing profitability as well as some much welcomed recruiting tips!

Overall, a very successful second event for the newly formed YP & Student platform, we hope to build on this with even more events and programmes throughout 2019.

As always stay tuned for more info and updates on upcoming events!

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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