On the 29th floor of 900 Third Avenue, in the very heart of Manhattan, is Gateway — a state of the art co-working and innovation hub. As part of the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce (SACCNY) — the oldest international chamber of commerce in the United States — Gateway’s mission is to help Scandinavian companies gain a strategic foothold and become more successful in the U.S. market. Recently, top communication technology brands Sennheiser, Barco and QSC all collaborated to help deliver a fully integrated, world class conferencing and equipment demonstration environment within Gateway’s 20,000 square feet facility.
Gateway opened its doors in January of 2019 as a ‘landing’ and ‘launchpad’ for Scandinavian businesses, providing members everything they need to help accelerate their success — whether it be business matchmaking, service-oriented partnerships, administrative set up, desk and event space, and a myriad of other offerings. The Gateway conferencing and technology demonstration center — which features advanced videoconferencing-oriented solutions from Sennheiser, Barco and QSC among other brands — was implemented during 2020 and was completed in March of 2021.
Anna Throne-Holst was appointed as SACCNY’s President in 2017, following life as a public servant — including running on the Democratic ticket for congress in the 2016 election and serving as a Town Supervisor on Long Island: “In my public life, much of my work was supporting small business,” she says. “So, when I was offered the opportunity with SACCNY, I jumped on it, with the goal of creating a model chamber, offering both services and support to the innovation and start-up sectors, while facilitating important synergies with the long time, large corporate members. Now, Gateway is a co-working, meeting, and innovation platform mostly geared to Swedish start-ups and corporates, but open to other companies as well.”