Wanted – Director with passion towards health startups


Wanted – Director with passion towards health startups

Want a front seat in the health startup world, and have an impact on how the scene will develop in Finland? Then this is your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

HealthSPA is looking for a Director that will have a key role in developing the association to the next level. We have high ambitions and strive to make Finland the best place for health startups, and we want to support the creation of meaningful health innovations that help people to live even healthier lives.

What do we offer?

  • Versatile job where your main role is to develop the activities of the association and deliver results to serve startups and other industry players in the best way.
  • Amazing opportunity to develop your networks in the sector – we deal with all the players in the ecosystem ranging from startups, corporates, public sector to hospitals. Both nationally and internationally.
  • Key role in building the most exciting health event in Europe – Upgraded Life Festival.
  • Motivated team with a great team spirit – we truly enjoy working together.
  • Office at the largest startup hub in Nordics, Maria 0-1 in Helsinki.
  • Flexible working hours and possibility for remote work.

Tasks include:

  • Responsibility for the development of the association and for delivering value to our startup members and other players in the health ecosystem.
  • Being the key representative of the association.
  • Looking for and guaranteeing flow of new projects that match the associations visions.
  • Administrative tasks including e.g. budgeting and HR.

Qualifications needed

  • Strong English skills, excellent Finnish a plus
  • Great communication skills in writing and speaking
  • Suitable degree (e.g. health, leadership, economics) and experience from health and/or startup field.
  • Strong skills to lead multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Strong ability to prioritize and work under pressure.
  • Open and positive attitude and hunger to learn more.
  • Excellent social skills and the ability to deal with multiple stakeholders, and to understand their needs and wishes.
  • True passion towards supporting health startups.
  • Willingness to do also “small tasks” that come alongside when working in a small team. One moment you might be shaking hands with a minister, while the next you need to update the website.
  • Public speaking skills a plus, alongside with experience in building membership models and communities.
  • Flexibility in working hours – some periods will be more intensive than others.

Apply as soon as possible, but latest on 31.8.2017.  The position is filled immediately when suitable person is found. 

About the organization:

HealthSPA is Finland’s most advanced health and wellbeing startup ecosystem developer. We are a non-profit organization supporting early-stage companies to grow by creating important contacts with corporates, investors, media and industry experts.

During the past five years we have achieved e.g. the following:

  • Supported more than 300 startups
  • Built the largest health startup event in the Nordics, Upgraded Life Festival
  • Brought health theme to Slush and curated the track for the first years
  • Created more than 40 projects and events to support the ecosystem, including matching health startups with investors, finding new solutions to improve the daily life of cancer patients and coordinating an event in Singapore for Helsinki City.

Peek to our company culture:

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Contact information: / +358 400 456 813

The contract is permanent, and start would be as soon as possible.

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