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Thursday 15 March 17:00 – Sharing Spaces

Co-create, co-work and collaborate with our co-hosts THINK Open Space and Hyperdrive!

Join us for a fun and inspiring event as we check out three great spaces in Helsingborg, starting at THINK Open Space and Mindpark, then moving across to Pixlapiren.

Rebecka Nilsson, Community Manager at THINK Open Space, will kick off the evening by introducing us to all the facilities on offer and letting us know about the many projects and events taking place. Did you know that THINK Open Space is a kommun-owned space, available to anyone to work, hang out and enjoy the friendly, international vibe? Or that the auditoriet can be used for free by any organisation wanting to put on a free knowledge-sharing event? This is your chance to find out more!

We’ll then have a guided tour of Mindpark, the cool and calm co-working space upstairs, where you can rent different sized offices or desk space, or even buy a card where you can use the facilities 12 times in 12 months. There’s a communal feel to Mindpark, where you can be involved in joint weekly lunches and other events or just chat by the coffee-maker with your co-workers!

At 17:45 we’ll walk across to Pixlapiren, where David Hare of Hyperdrive will talk to us about the many creative opportunities and activities available there. From 3D printers to an eco-friendly car, arts & crafts to DJ workshops, skateboarding to graffiti, there’s a place for all kinds of creative expression at Pixlapiren – come and find out how you can make the most of this child-friendly makerspace to engage with your hands, build what you planned, create it and paint it. Bring the projects that are too big to work on at home and let loose your creative energy, or set up a study circle or coffee morning at Pixlapiren. Did you know that you can even apply for funding from the kommun to help create your vision?!

We hope to have some of the artists and creators on hand to show you their projects, too 🙂

We can’t wait to show you these supportive, collaborative locations, so please join us to find out what’s happening in this part of town!

Event details:

17:00 Meet at the stairs in THINK Open Space, Bredgatan 11, 25225 Helsingborg for intro & tour

17:45 Walk to Pixlapiren, Oceangatan 2, 252 25 Helsingborg

18:00 Pixlapiren intro & opportunity discovery


Sign up for this event here by 18:00 on Wednesday 14 March

Wednesday 7 February 18:00 – Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Helsingborg

There is a huge amount of support in Helsingborg for people with new business ideas, and a thriving start up community. This is good news for international arrivals, who often find that moving to another country offers them the chance to reinvent themselves and start their own business.

A new initiative called Startup Labs is hosting Open Desk sessions at THINK Open Space on Wednesday mornings, where a representative from SoPactTHINK AccelerateTHINK Open Space or NyföretagarCentrum Skåne Nordväst (New Business Centre) will be available to listen to your idea and coach you over a cup of coffee. You don’t even need a fully-formed idea yet, just the beginnings of one!

We’re delighted to have Emelie Dahlström of SoPactAnneli Ödén of NyföretagarCentrum Skåne Nordväst, and Jenny Sandberg of THINK Accelerate talking to us about their work with these organisations and Startup Labs.

You’ll be able to pick their brains about setting up a new business or testing your idea to see how far you can take it.

“The Joy of Co-working” by Ilse Weisfelt at THINK Open Space, in collaboration with Joren Joshua, curated by Kulturhotellet.

We’ll mix in some “light entertainment” after the break, when we’ll hear from George Jonasson, the project leader for February’s Drömljus festival of light. He’ll talk to us about the spectacular light and sound installations, and exciting, interactive and vibrant activities that will fill Helsingborg from the 9th-18th February. It’s five years since the last Drömljus, so we are really looking forward to it! You can even book workshops and “behind the scenes” seminars, so check out the website as soon as possible!

Bringing us some much-needed light in February – Drömljus will be back!

Programme:

17:30 – 18:00 Arrival & refreshments 
18:00 – 19:30 Guest speakers & break 
19:30 – 20:00 Mingle
 
Address: Drottninggatan 7A, 252 21 Helsingborg

Public transport: Nearest bus stop is Helsingborg Rådhuset and Helsingborg C train station is a 5 minute walk away


Sign up for this event here by 18:00 on Tuesday 6 February

Tuesday 30 January 18:00 – New Year, New Beginning!

Alexandra Skoglund

We’re very excited to have the talented, inspirational life coach Alexandra Skoglund with us for an interactive session with tips and advice on how to say “goodbye” to last year and make the very best of the new one! 

New Year, New Beginning 

Closing 2017 & Opening 2018

  • During the workshop you’ll get the chance to reflect on the highlights of 2017, as well as dreaming big while setting out your intention and goals for 2018. In other words we’ll harness 2017 and kick off 2018

  • Come and gain the energy & focus you need to kick off 2018 and follow your heart’s big dreams!

About Alexandra
  • Alexandra is a certified Life Coach & Leadership Trainer from CTI® (The Coaching Training Institute)

  • She found her passion for life during the first 10 years of her professional life, as she let her heart guide the way as she lived, worked & travelled the world to realize her biggest dreams. Now she is back in Sweden to share her passion and insights of what brings out our full potential

  • Playful Productivity is the beacon she uses when developing innovative workshops, courses and coaching programs in the field of personal development and business development

  • You are the expert of YOU, Alexandra is the expert of the creative methods that put you in touch with your expertise!

17:30 – 18:00 Arrival & refreshments 
18:00 – 19:30 Guest speaker & break 
19:30 – 20:00 Mingle
 
Address: Drottninggatan 7A, 252 21 Helsingborg

Public transport: Nearest bus stop is Helsingborg Rådhuset and Helsingborg C train station is a 5 minute walk away


Sign up for this event here by 18:00 Monday 29 January

Thursday 16 November 18:00 – Business & Pleasure

We’ll have some great speakers for you at this event. People like you, who understand what it’s like to come to Sweden and start their lives again from scratch. People helping others to help themselves. People who can tell us what’s happening this winter, and where. Don’t miss it!

Passent El Soury from Innovation Skåne will talk about her experiences in Sweden since arriving here just a few years ago. She’ll explain her new role as Community Manager and will highlight the enterprenurial opportunities and support that Innovation Skåne can offer.

Passent is a good friend of HIC and we look forward to hearing all about her new position!

 

Calle Norling of Integratörerna Helsingborg will talk about his work with several projects aimed at making the integration process easier, including mentorship- and internship programs where the newly arrived (no matter the reason to come) are matched with established Swedes, based on their shared work identity.

Calle is participating in the SoPact Accelerator Program along with HIC, and is busy with some very interesting local projects.

 

We’re delighted to welcome Camilla and Anna of Kvinnokarta, the project literally putting women of Helsingborg on the map! They will talk to us about their free city walks which uncover the input of 10 memorable women into Helsingborg’s history. As a project that evolved out of both study circles and Vision Fund, this follows on very neatly from two of our speakers at the last HIC event.

We’ll also be looking ahead to Swedish traditions around this time of year and giving you the head’s-up for local events and markets which will have you feeling seasonal in no time!

We’ll adding more speakers to this event over the next week, so please check back!

Doors open at 17:30 for refreshments and first speakers will begin at 18:00. Feel free to bring a friend! We’re looking forward to meeting you!
 
Programme: 
17:30 – 18:00 Arrival & refreshments 
18:00 – 19:30 Guest speakers & break 
19:30 – 20:00 Mingle
 
Address: Drottninggatan 7A, 252 21 Helsingborg

Public transport: Nearest bus stop is Helsingborg Rådhuset and Helsingborg C train station is a 5 minute walk away


Sign up here by 12:30 on Thursday 16 November 

Thursday 19 October 18:00 – Your Next Steps

Join us as we help you discover your next steps in Helsingborg!
We’ll present a range of possibilities which will inspire you to take the next step forward, for example by studying, volunteering, receiving mentorship or coaching, setting up a business, and more. Looking for assistance with intercultural competence training or understanding how to crack the Swedish code? We’ll link you with people and organisations who can help!
 
Veronika Hoffmann of Helsingborgs Stad will share with our network some insights and opportunities that the city offers, and explain how you can access the Vision Fund if you have a really great idea that fits with Helsingborg’s Vision for 2035!
 
Åsa Devillaz of Devillaz & Co will talk about personal job coaching, business coaching & training, private language tuition, intercultural communication, Swedish business organisational and national culture, and corporate communication.
 
Zarrina Allieva of BrightMinds Consulting will explain how her company’s Virtual Assistant services can help international residents, and about her business helping people to set up their own company.
 
Liselott Hansson Malmsten of Medborgskolan will talk about the concept of study circles in Sweden and explain how you can set up your own!
 
Greg Gibson will talk to us about a communications volunteering opportunity for a new sports team, and Gun Persson will talk to us about volunteer options at the Red Cross and what volunteering meant to her when she returned to Sweden after many years abroad.
 
Let us help you “Make Life Happen!” 
 
Doors open at 17:30 for refreshments and first speakers will begin at 18:00. Feel free to bring a friend! We’re looking forward to meeting you!
 
Programme: 
17:30 – 18:00 Arrival & refreshments 
18:00 – 19:45 Guest speakers & break 
19:45 – 20:15 Mingle
 
Address: Drottninggatan 7A, 252 21 Helsingborg

Public transport: Nearest bus stop is Helsingborg Rådhuset and Helsingborg C train station is a 5 minute walk away


Sign up here by 19:00 on Wednesday 18 October

Wednesday 4 October 18:00 – Welcome to Helsingborg!

Whether you’re new in town or a long-term resident, young or old, international or local, working or at home, this event is for you!

Join us for refreshments, chat and inspiring information on Wednesday 4 October in central Helsingborg as we welcome you to find out all about what’s going on in town right now. 

Our first speaker will be Eva-Lotta Bergström from Helsingborgs Stad, who will talk about living and working in Helsingborg and update us on the new construction projects in town.  

We’ll have information on what support there is for newcomers, what there is to do in our area and ways for you to integrate more easily into life in Sweden. We’ll explain why we started HIC, what we do, and let you know about our new venture designed to help the international community.

Let us inspire you to reach out and find activities or interests just right for you!

Doors open at 17:30 for refreshments and first speakers will begin at 18:00. Feel free to bring a friend! We’re looking forward to meeting you!

Programme: 
17:30 – 18:00 Arrival & refreshments 
18:00 – 19:45 Guest speakers & break 
19:45 – 20:15 Mingle
 

Address: Drottninggatan 7A, 252 21 Helsingborg

Public transport: Nearest bus stop is Helsingborg Rådhuset and Helsingborg C train station is a 5 minute walk away


Sign up here by 20:00 on Tuesday 3 October

Thursday 10 November 17:30 – Do’s & Don’ts in Sweden

There’s always time for fika!

Join us for an interactive and informative discussion on what to do and what not to do in Sweden!

Find out how to bridge the cultural gap, smooth the way with your neighbours and fit in with your work colleagues as we explore customs, social niceties and taboos in one of the most modern, yet traditional countries on the planet.

We’ll compare cultures and values, discuss whether first impressions are lasting impressions and reflect on how our own identities can be influenced by the experience of living in another country. Mystified by “mysig”? Still looking for “lagom”? Whether you’ve been here for two months or twenty years, we’ll help you find the answers to your questions!

Looking for work in Sweden? We’ll hear hints and tips about business and workplace culture, and what to expect from your new Swedish colleagues.

We’re looking forward to a great evening!

Guest speaker: We are delighted to welcome Pavla Kruzela as our cultural guide for this event. Pavla has long been a keen supporter of HIC and we are very pleased that she brings her energy and wide range of experience to our international community this evening. Originally from the Czech Republic, Pavla describes herself as an inter-cultural broker, global citizen, master certified coach and academic researcher. You will find her observations and insight fascinating!

In addition to her teaching and research work at Lund University, she runs her own business consultancy which includes professional coaching to help people leverage their business skills and utilise them effectively, for example in creating meaningful balance between their career and personal life.

Read more about Pavla here

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Pavla Kruzela, guest speaker

Programme:

17:30 – 18:00 Arrival & refreshments
18:00 – 18:45 Cultural comparisons and social tips
18:45 – 19:00 Break
19:00 – 19:30 Workplace & business culture
19:30 – 20:00 Mingle

Address: Drottninggatan 7A, 252 21 Helsingborg

Public transport: Nearest bus stop is Helsingborg Rådhuset and Helsingborg C train station is a 5 minute walk away

Thank you to Helsingborgs Stad for your support in hosting this event!

 

Please sign up for this event here by 09:00 on Wednesday 9 November

Thursday 13 October 17:30 – What is there to do in Helsingborg?

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Photo courtesy of Jeremy Russell

Come and find out, as we welcome speakers from the arts, culture, tourism and tech worlds to tell us what’s happening in and around our city.

Whether you’re new in town or a long-term resident, young or old, international or local, working or at home, this event will inspire you to reach out and find activities or interests just right for you!

Join us for refreshments, chat and inspiring information on Thursday 13 October in central Helsingborg. Our first speaker will start at 17:45 on this occasion and there will be plenty of time later to ask questions and meet other guests. Feel free to bring a friend! We’re looking forward to meeting you!

Programme:
17:30 – 17:45 Arrival & refreshments
17:45 –  19:15 Guest speakers & break
19:15 – 20:00 Mingle

Address: Drottninggatan 7A, 252 21 Helsingborg

Public transport: Nearest bus stop is Helsingborg Rådhuset and Helsingborg C train station is a 5 minute walk away

Please sign up here for this event by 10:00 on Wednesday 12 October

 

Tuesday 10 May 17:30 – Lifestyle, Health and Entrepreneurship

Join us for a knowledge-sharing, entrepreneurial networking event with a health theme in the main office of Forza of Sweden!
This is an event for anyone wishing to discover ways to make the most out of their time in Sweden – whether as an entrepreneur or as someone searching for opportunities for personal growth and a healthy lifestyle. Members of the Forza network will share their entrepreneurial journeys in Sweden and welcome the audience to ask questions after the presentations.

We will hear how health, fitness or lifestyle entrepreneurs and practitioners have re-invented their careers, and discuss what lessons we can learn from them and apply to our own work situations. They will talk to us about which treatments, therapies and products can help boost the entrepreneur’s overall health, well-being and productivity.

HIC creates a softer landing for internationals in our region; our on- & offline English-speaking platform provides the tools needed to embrace your life and career in Sweden. We warmly welcome anyone with an interest in networking and knowledge-sharing to our community.

We look forward to matching the skills and expertise available between the HIC and Forza networks, and to create an excellent platform for any budding or existing entrepreneur in the Helsingborg area!

Event Programme:

17:30 – 18:00 Arrival & refreshments

  • One glass of organic red/white wine or juice
  • Creamy artichoke hummus
  • Beetroot hummus with a black rice salad
  • Vegetarian lasagne
  • Lentil & sweet potato soup
  • Sweet camp – rhubarb compote, lemon curd & hazelnut crunch
  • Coffee or tea

18:00 – 19:00 Be inspired by our Our Guest Speakers!

Tor Hansson – Welcome & introduction to the Forza of Sweden network. More information about Forza via this link: http://forzaofsweden.se/

HIC – Welcome & news update

Mats Bengtsson, Personal Trainer & Fitness Coach – “A passionate explorer of life, his surroundings and himself. Always with a twinkle in his eye and with the aim of joy. Mats will also speak about the little things in life that matter the most”

Monika Åkerblom, Certified nutrition advisor with CBT, certified ICF coach, BSc and founder of Må Bäst – “Let me help find your “Feeling Great” state of mind! Your personal lifestyle has a fundamental impact on how you feel – interest in nutrition and health is greater today than ever. I will help guide you towards a healthy lifestyle through individual counselling, coaching and CBT”

Contact Monika: 070-788 5479 or monika.mabast@gmail.com, www.mabast.org

Monika Åkerblom

Monika Åkerblom, Må Bäst

Christian Schönefeld, Reflexology – “Hi everyone, my name is Christian Schönefeld and I’m the Footsie Guy! During this great evening I will show you how zonterapi/reflexology works. And also tell you why I became a reflexologist”.

Contact Christian: 070-870 7944 or info@salongschon.se, www.salongschon.se

Martine Kvilhaug – “Martine has a background in IT & marketing and for the last six months has been working as a bereavement counsellor. Martine will tell us all about her brand new business idea that will benefit all citizens in Helsingborg!”

Contact Martine: kvilhaug.martine@gmail.com

Martine Kvilhaug

Martine Kvilhaug

Johanna Olsson, Zumba – “Embrace Your Body spreads joy, energy & health to you with Zumba. Get on your feet and dance to fiery Latin music!”

Contact Johanna: 070-430 8314 or info@embraceyourbody.se, www.embraceyourbody.se

Johanna Olsson, "Embrace Your Body"

Johanna Olsson, “Embrace Your Body”

19:00 – 20:00 Mingle

Maximum of 30 participants

Address: Forza of Sweden office, Drottninggatan 29, 252 21 Helsingborg

Tickets: HIC/Forza members 185 SEK + MOMS, non-members 235 SEK + MOMS

Please register for this event here by 17:00 on Saturday 7 May