Deep dive
The best HR practices and Tech players in Stockholm
The experience of leading companies in Sweden

 
2022
4 day week program
8 companies
Instead of learning them in theory, see the world’s best business practices in action!
Benefits of the “DEEP DIVE” tour:

4-day intensive training 

First-hand learning about internal business processes inside global companies & successful startups

Networking with large numbers of like-minded professionals 

Opportunity to deeply assess the market that you want to work in/with

Getting new ideas and energy boost 

Who should join? 
  • Business owners & CEOs
  • Strategy and Business Development Managers
  • C-executives, who are looking for expanding their business and new partnerships

We are going to visit: 

  • Most Valuable Technology Companies in the world
  • Experienced players in hiring, people management and corporate culture
  • Best teams/offices responsible for sustainability, agility, and new management models
  • Fintech accelerator and startups

Why Sweden? 

  • IKEA is the world's largest furniture retailer.
  • H&M is the Europian largest retail-clothing company.
  • Spotify is one of the largest music streaming service providers.
  • LEGO is the world's second-largest manufacturer of play materials with a fascinating history. 
  • Google Inc. is the undisputed leader in the search engine segment worldwide with a market share of 91.9% as of 2022 with an office in Stockholm.

Day 1
Sunday

Group arrival to Stockholm

Transfer to the hotel  

Rest time upon arrival 

Day 2
Monday

Tour of Stockholm

Tour Stockholm's waterways and bridges on this sightseeing cruise. Pass under all 15 of the bridges that connect the central islands of Stockholm's archipelago as you relax on board. Glide around leafy, tranquil Djurgården, snap photos of the colorful townhouses in Gamla Stan (Stockholm's Old Town), and pass through the locks that connect the city's canals to the Baltic Sea and Lake Mälaren.

Sightseeing cruise around Stockholm’s central bridges and islands 

Explore the city’s charming waterways and glide under 15 picturesque bridges 

Sail by the postcard-pretty Gamla Stan (Old Town) and islands of Södermalm, Lilla and Stora Essingen 

Admire the woodlands and parks of Djurgården from the water 

Pass through two locks connecting Lake Mälaren and the Baltic Sea 

Enjoy drinks and snacks from the on-board café (own expense)


Day 3
Tuesday

Meeting with Techstars

Line of business: accelerator

Techstars is an American seed accelerator founded in 2006 in Boulder, Colorado. Each year, they choose over 500 early-stage companies to join one of our 3-month, mentorship-driven accelerators, investing $120K and providing hands-on mentorship and access to the Techstars network for life.

Techstars operates four divisions: Techstars Mentorship-Driven Accelerator Program supercharges success and Techstars Startup Programs inspire, educate, and connect entrepreneurs. Techstars Venture Capital Fund invests in innovative and disruptive companies. 

● they have invested in more than 2,200 companies and today has a market cap of $27 Billion
● $16.5B of total funding
● $1.0M avg. first raise post-program

Meeting with H&M

Line of business: clothing production and retail 

H&M is Europe's largest retail-clothing company, known for its fast-fashion clothing for men, women, teenagers, and children. H&M’s design team creates sustainable fashion for all, always at the best price. 

It is the second-largest global clothing retailer, behind Spain-based Inditex (parent company of Zara). H&M became the first big fashion brand in the world to provide detailed information on product levels materials and the supply chain.

● it operates in 74 countries
● over 5,000 stores under the various company brands
● 126,000 full-time equivalent positions


Day 4
Wednesday

Meeting with Google

Line of business: IT corporation

Google LLC is an American multinational technology company that specializes in Internet-related services and products, which include a search engine, online advertising technologies, cloud computing, software, and hardware. Google’s parent company Alphabet Inc. is considered one of the Big Five American information technology companies, alongside Amazon, Apple, Meta and Microsoft.

Google's main site, google.com, is the most visited site on the Internet. In addition to the search engine, Google provides many other services, such as Gmail and Hangouts. Google Maps has become the most popular service among third-party app creators. It is this service that leads as the basis of integrated applications.

● more than 2 million custom servers around the globe
● more than 1 billion search queries are processed daily
● the company controls 86.6% of the search engine market

Meeting with Klarna

Line of business: eCommerce payment solutions platform 

Klarna is an eCommerce payment solutions platform for merchants and shoppers. The platform gives customers the freedom to choose how and when to pay. They also offer direct payments, pay after delivery options, and installment plans. 

Klarna is a regulated bank known for its “buy now, pay later” model that offers shoppers interest-free financing on retail purchases over a period of installments. Parts of Klarna's code base are written in Erlang, a programming language designed by Ericsson for highly parallel, scalable applications.

● it was founded in 2005 in Stockholm
● more than 4,000 employees
● in 2021, the company claimed to have a $45.6 billion valuation


Day 5
Thursday

Meeting with LEGO

Line of business: toy production and retail 

The Lego Group is a Danish toy production company. It manufactures Lego-brand toys, consisting mostly of interlocking plastic bricks. LEGO is one of the most popular, and best-selling, toys of all time and is a household name all over the world.

The Lego Group has also built several amusement parks around the world, each known as Legoland, and operates numerous retail stores. The Lego Group became the world's largest toy company by revenue, with sales amounting to US$2.1 billion, surpassing Mattel, which had US$1.9 billion in sales. In 2014, the LEGO Group became the world’s largest toy company. 

● it was founded on 10 August 1932 by Ole Kirk Christiansen
● the world's second-largest manufacturer of play materials
● approximately 10,000 employees

Meeting with IKEA

Line of business: 

IKEA is a Swedish-founded Dutch-based multinational group that offers a wide range of well-designed, functional home furnishing products.

The group is known for its modernist designs for various types of appliances and furniture, and its interior design work is often associated with an eco-friendly simplicity. In addition, the firm is known for its attention to cost control, operational details, and continuous product development that has allowed IKEA to lower its prices by an average of two to three percent.

● it was founded in 1943
● the world's largest furniture retailer since 2008
● 330 stores in 28 countries


Day 6
Friday

Meeting with Salesforce

Line of business: software development

Salesforce is a global cloud computing company that develops CRM solutions and provides business software on a subscription basis.

It is best known for its on-demand customer relationship management (CRM) solutions. It offers users a customer community, partner community, developer community, and an app exchange marketplace. Salesforce provides its products and services to various industries, including healthcare, finance, life sciences, automotive, media, retail, manufacturing, and communications.

● Fortune's 100 Best Companies to Work for 10 years straight
● regional offices in 25 countries
● the world market leader in CRM systems

Meeting with Spotify

Line of business: music streaming service

Spotify is a commercial music streaming service that provides restricted digital content from a range of record labels and artists. A key part of Spotify's success is driven by the company’s unique approach to organizing around work to enhance team agility.

Spotify offers more than 82 million songs, from record labels and media companies. As a freemium service, basic features are free with advertisements and limited control, while additional features, such as offline listening and commercial-free listening, are offered via paid subscriptions.

● one of the largest music streaming service providers
● over 422 million monthly active users, including 182 million paying subscribers
● it is currently available in 184 countries

Day 7
Saturday 

Departure

This is a working program and may be subject to slight changes and substitutions due to speakers’ availability, changes in companies’ office schedule and people’s factors. The program can be tailored according to your needs and preferences.
What are the benefits?
1
Learn about the method of decentralized management from the companies that have a proven track record
2
Receive a huge boost of inspiration and innovative ideas for your business
3
Learn practical tools and secrets of successful management
4
Connect on a personal level with the unique US entrepreneurial community
5
Discover real reasons for the success of the world’s leading companies
6
Learn from the best
What is included in the price?

What is included in the price?

  • University Tour 
  • Visit of the companies announced in the program (or pre-approved substitutions)
  • Meeting with company representatives announced in the program 
  • Interpreter 
  • Transfers to and from all official activities listed in the program
  • Informational materials 
  • Visa support 
  • FastForward expert accompanying and coordinating the group 
  • Taxes and fees

 

What is NOT included in the price?

  • Air Fares 
  • Accommodation 
  • Medical Insurance 
  • Meals 
  • Visa fees
FAQ
1. Each country has its own specifics of doing business. How useful could be the practical knowledge received from a foreign speaker in application to my local business specifics?
Although each country has its own cultural and business specifics, innovative ideas, trends in marketing, management and overall business don’t have geographical borders. Learning and networking with our speakers in the US, you will have a unique opportunity to learn new ideas/trends and be a step ahead of your local competitors.   
2. What is the optimal number of participants in the tour?
We’d recommend having a group of up to 15-20 people
3. Who are our speakers? 
Our speakers are top managers of the companies. We are carefully preparing our speakers for the meeting, sharing information about the group, the list of questions from the participants and the purpose of the meeting.
4. What is the format of the meeting? 
Meetings are usually interactive. A typical meeting takes about 2 hours. It starts with a speaker presenting on the topic announced in the program, followed by the Q&A.   
5. Where meetings are taking place?
We are arranging a comfortable bus to get to the location. Usually, meetings are taking place in the offices of the companies or in some instances at the pre-arranged conference halls if the office of the company we are visiting works remotely or cannot accommodate the large group. 
6. Will somebody be accompanying us during the program? 
Throughout the program, FastForward expert will be providing detailed information about all meetings, speakers and locations, accompanying and attending meetings, resolving the org. moments with translation equipment and internal logistics. He/she will be always in touch for any questions, ready to recommend good restaurants, or resolve an issue. 
7. Could I ask speakers specific questions related to my business? 
Yes, you can ask questions during the Q&A part of the meeting. 
8. What language is the meeting in?
All meetings are in English 
9. Do you assist in the hotel and airfare selection? 
We will be glad to help you choose a comfortable hotel, as well as select flight options based on your preferences. Hotel reservations and ticket purchases are on you. 
10. Will meals be arranged? 
Breakfast is usually at the hotel, lunches are pre-booked for the group close to the next meeting location. You have free time in the evening, so you could choose the location based on your preferences. Please note that the cost of the meals is not included in the package. 
Since 2006, FastForward has been conducting management tours in Europe
Each visit is a charge of breakthrough ideas and positive emotions! Here's how it was last time:

Managers and executives of over 250 companies have trusted their education and search for business ideas for us by joining our management tours.  
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