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At the core of the community that runs Slush lies our full-time team. We come in all shapes and sizes, but are united by our relentless curiosity, entrepreneurial drive, and ambition to create meaningful change. If it sounds like you might enjoy working alongside us, check out our open positions or send an open application.

Want to join the team? Check out our open positions for 2023.

Our full-time team works out of Helsinki, Finland. While we will expect you to spend certain periods of time at the office, we provide flexible options for remote work.

We will open more roles across all teams in the beginning of January 2023 – follow us on social media to stay informed.

Head of Investor Relations
About the Investor team

The Head of Investor Relations leads the Investor team at Slush. The Investor team is responsible for attracting the world’s leading venture capital investors to Slush, and creating the best investor experience of any event on the planet for them.

Investors are one of Slush’s core audience groups, and the Investor team works closely with the other two core audience teams (Startups & Media). The Investor team also cooperates closely with the Program, Partnerships, Marketing, and Production teams to realise its own and joint targets.

The Head of Investor Relations reports to the Chief of External Relations Elin.

Responsibilities of the Investor team
  • Selling the predefined number of Investor and Angel Investor tickets to Slush 2023 (joint responsibility with the Marketing team)
    • This includes creating the Investor application and reviewing applications
  • Responsibility of Slush’s relationship work towards the world’s leading venture capital investors
  • Curating and creating relevant program for the investors joining Slush, both independently and together with our partners
  • Investor partnership sales
  • Creating the world’s best meeting experience together with the Product and Startup teams
  • Customer service towards investors looking to join the event
Responsibilities of the Head of Investor Relations
  • Recruiting, onboarding and leading the three-person Investor team
  • Crystalizing and communicating the value proposition of Slush to the leading venture capital investors globally
  • Leading the expansion and management of our investor relations & partnerships
  • Owning the operations and sales of existing investor products
  • Conceptualizing, developing and executing Slush’s own Investor concepts, such as GP & Next Gen Breakfasts, Investor Day and Investor Lounges
  • Conceptualizing & executing new value-adding concepts together with the team
Ideally, you’d have
  • A curious mindset to absorb the dynamics of the global startup ecosystem and venture capital in particular, and excitement to build value within it.
  • Leadership skills with the ability make decisions, set and prioritize goals, and delegate tasks to oneself and the team members.
  • Excellent project management skills, including an ability to comprehend and lead multiple projects at once.
  • Understanding of the nuances of relationship-building & networking.
  • Ability to work and communicate effectively between internal teams and external stakeholders.
  • Excellent written and spoken English.

Most importantly, we don’t look for ready-made professionals rather than people with limitless potential. We believe that passionate curiosity and the ability to learn fast are what ultimately make people thrive.

Interested? Submit your application here. We’ll start reviewing applications in early January.

This is a full-time, paid position, and ideally you would be able to start in early 2022 – at the latest on March 1st.

If you have any questions, feel free to send a message to the Chief of External Relations Elin at [email protected]

We look forward to hearing from you!

Head of Marketing
About Slush

Slush is the world’s leading startup event and a community bringing together startup founders and operators, VC investors and the wider startup ecosystem. Our mission is to help and create founders to change the world. We do that by supporting startup founders and operators throughout their journey through events, online community, educational content and more.

About the role

As the Head of Marketing you lead the Marketing and Design Team at Slush. The Marketing and Design Team supports the mission of Slush by ensuring that we are seen and heard by our core customer groups consisting of startup founders, investors, and the wider entrepreneurial ecosystem. The Marketing and Design Team is a diverse group of marketers, designers, and other creatives.

Your responsibilities
  • Recruiting, onboarding and leading the Marketing Team, consisting of 2-3 marketers and 2-3 designers.
  • Leading and developing the Slush brand – i.e., contributing to how we look, feel and sound.
  • Overseeing and executing the daily marketing and communications operations of Slush.
  • Planning and owning the marketing budget for Slush in 2023.
  • Selling out the Slush 2023 main event efficiently using marketing and communications efforts.
  • Ensuring that our products reach their target audience(s)
  • Working closely with other Slush teams (Partnerships, Program, Startups, Investors, People etc.) to support the organization’s marketing and communication needs.
  • Managing and developing Slush’s marketing analytics & tracking.
  • Managing Slush’s creative agency partnerships (e.g., agencies and freelancers) together with the Art Director.
Ideally you possess some of the following
  • Experience in planning and executing marketing campaigns
  • Experience in project management and leadership
  • Ability to come up with creative ideas 
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Interest towards startups and entrepreneurship 
  • Interest towards multiple subfields of marketing, e.g., content creation, performance marketing, or media planning

Most importantly though, we don’t look for ready-made professionals rather than people with limitless potential. We believe that passionate curiosity and the ability to learn fast are what ultimately make people thrive. 

Apply here.

If you have any questions – feel free to send a message to [email protected]

We’re looking forward to hearing from you.

Head of Media & PR
About the Media & PR team

The Head of Media & PR leads the Media & PR team at Slush. The Media & PR team is responsible for Slush’s relationships and the work it does with media. Your goal is to attract 300 of the world’s leading technology journalists to Slush, and create the best experience of any event on the planet for them. The Media & PR team is also responsible for Slush’s own PR efforts.

Media is one of Slush’s core audience groups, and the Media & PR team works closely with the other two core audience teams (Startups & Investors). The Media & PR team also cooperates closely with the Program, Marketing, and Leadership teams to realize its own and joint targets.

The Head of Media & PR reports to the Chief of External Relations Elin.

Responsibilities of the Media & PR team

Media Operations at Slush 2023

Media is one of the three core audiences at Slush’s main event. We want to attract 300 media representatives to Slush 2023 – including the very best in technology journalism like The Information, Axios, and Forbes. The Media & PR team builds the relationships, concepts, and operations that attract these people to Helsinki and make them have a delightful time here.

Slush’s own PR

We believe that companies become the stories they tell about themselves. Therefore, we aim to tell great stories about Slush. It’s your responsibility to build the relationships with journalists that allow us to do this. You turn our key narratives into pitches and press releases that journalists pick up on. On top of this, you coach our team on how to talk to journalists.

Here we’ve listed some previous press written about Slush. It should give you a good idea of the kinds of stories you might find yourself pitching to media.

Responsibilities of the Head of Media & PR
  • Owning Slush’s relationships with top technology media, making sure we understand their needs and convincing 300 of them to join the event.
  • Curating and creating the media offering at Slush 2023, both independently and together with our partners. This will include Media Day, Media Area, Stage Announcements, Press Conferences, Media Bank and Media <> Speaker intros.
  • Planning and executing a marketing & comms plan for our media audience.
  • Creating and reviewing the media accreditation process and providing customer service to media representatives looking to join Slush.
  • Educating, supporting & collaborating with other Slush teams that rely on our media networks. This includes helping our Program team curate journalists as moderators on stage.
  • Leading Slush’s PR efforts. This included crafting narratives for Slush’s own PR work, preparing for interviews, writing press releases, and preparing for crisis communications.
  • Recruiting, onboarding and leading the two-person Media & PR team.
Ideally, you’d have
  • A curious mindset to absorb the dynamics of the global startup ecosystem and excitement to build value within it.
  • Previous experience working with media and PR, or exceptional excitement to learn how it’s done. Slush is a company that will always hire for potential over experience. However, if you’ve never seen a press release in your life you will have to be an exceptionally fast learner to succeed in the role. We will quickly expect you to be our team’s #1 expert on working with journalists.
  • High ambition levels. Our goal is to make Slush the most attractive tech conference on the planet for a tech journalist, and we want you to show us the next step on the way there.
  • Excellent project management skills, including the ability to comprehend and lead multiple projects at once.
  • Strong self-leadership skills. You thrive when you get to create concepts, turn them into roadmaps, and hold yourself accountable to achieving what you set out to do. For most of 2023, you will be the only person in your team. You should be a person that flourishes in an environment like this.
  • Once your team member joins, you’ll need leadership skills with the ability make decisions, set and prioritize goals and delegate tasks to yourself and your team member.
  • Excellent written and spoken English and Finnish, and an ability to work and communicate effectively between internal teams and external stakeholders.

Most importantly, we don’t look for ready-made professionals rather than people with limitless potential. We believe that passionate curiosity and the ability to learn fast are what ultimately make people thrive.

Interested? Submit your application here. We’ll start reviewing applications in early January.

This is a full-time, paid position, and ideally, you would be able to start in early 2022 – at the latest on March 1st.

If you have any questions, feel free to send a message to the Chief of External Relations Elin at [email protected].

We look forward to hearing from you!

Head of Technology

We are looking for a Head of Technology with a passion for software to take our digital infrastructure to the next level.

Slush is an entrepreneurial movement driving a paradigm shift toward a new era of entrepreneurship. Our main tool for the change is Slush Main Event – the world’s leading startup event taking place at the end of the year in Helsinki. The Product Team at Slush is responsible for ensuring a high-quality event experience for our event-goers, from ticket purchases to our in-house Matchmaking Tool.

About the role

In this role, you’ll be leading the Dev Team at Slush. The team is responsible for building the digital tools and products surrounding the event. In addition, we’re currently building our Founder community Node by Slush. You’ll be able to affect technical choices and contribute to product decisions from day 1. The dev team consists of 3-4 full-stack developers and works closely with a UI/UX designer. This position reports to the Chief Product and Technology Officer.

Responsibilities
  • Recruiting, onboarding, and leading the Dev Team
  • Planning roadmaps, setting goals, and following up on progress.
  • Leading the development of stable, secure, maintainable, and scalable digital products
  • Managing the development budget and ensuring that the organization has the right resources and infrastructure in place to support its needs
  • Participating in development along with the rest of the team
  • Ensuring the availability of world-class technical support for our attendees
  • Identifying and implementing internal tools that can improve the organization’s efficiency and productivity
Ideally you’d have
  • 2-3 years of experience in full-stack development, through work, studies or independent projects
  • We value a passion for building digital products and the ability to learn quickly over work experience.
  • Experience in building and deploying production-ready software.
  • Strong experience in software development, with a deep understanding of Typescript, React, NodeJS, PostgreSQL and Cloud Platforms.
  • Excellent problem-solving and critical thinking skills, with the ability to break down complex problems into manageable tasks and develop effective solutions.
  • Strong leadership skills, with the ability to manage a team of developers, prioritize tasks and ensure that the project stays on track and meets deadlines.
  • Ability to work in English
  • Ability to communicate effectively with both technical and non-technical stakeholders.
Bonus points for
  • Experience in building event-driven, service-oriented architectures.
  • Experience with other tech such as Redis, Elasticsearch, Kafka, etc.
  • Interest in some specialized field such as data engineering, machine learning, or UX research.
  • Experience in Product Management.
  • Interest in the Finnish startup ecosystem and an entrepreneurial mindset.
What’s in it for you?
  • The dev team aims to be a stepping stone for technical co-founders, you’ll learn how to build and iterate fast.
  • If you can justify it, you can build it. Ideas at Slush come from anyone, regardless of title or seniority.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to meet and connect with amazing people from the startup ecosystem, whatever you’re building, there’s always someone to reach out to for advice.
About Slush

Slush is a student-driven, not-for-profit organization on a mission to help and create founders to change the world.

Commitment

Ideally, we are looking for someone to start in February.

Sound good?

Submit your application HERE. If you’re curious to learn more, send our Chief Product and Technology Officer Axel Adlercreutz a message ([email protected]).

We’ll start reaching out to applicants on January 13th, 2023.

Junior Full-Stack Developer

We are looking for a developer with tremendous potential to join the Slush Product team to build the next generation of event products enabling extraordinary experiences, online and offline.

Slush is an entrepreneurial movement driving a paradigm shift toward a new era of entrepreneurship. Our main tool for the change is Slush Main Event – the world’s leading startup event taking place at the end of the year in Helsinki. The Dev Team at Slush is responsible for ensuring a world-class digital experience for our event-goers, from ticket purchases to our in-house Matchmaking Tool.

About the role

In this role, you’ll be developing the digital products and tools used by our attendees and internal teams. In addition, we’re currently building our Founder community Node by Slush. You’ll get a chance to contribute to the development from day 1. Whether you’re a user experience aficionado or a budding machine learning enthusiast, this role can be made to look like you.

Team

The dev team is led by the Head of Technology and is part of the Product team at Slush. The team is responsible for building all the digital tools surrounding the event and ensuring a world-class digital experience for our attendees. The team consists of the Head of Tech, 3-4 developers, and works closely with a UI/UX designer.

Responsibilities:
  • Developing and implementing front-end user interfaces using React
  • Building and maintaining back-end services using Typescript and Express
  • Working with databases and persistent data storage solutions, including designing database schemas and writing efficient SQL queries.
  • Testing and debugging software applications, identifying and fixing bugs, and improving application reliability and performance.
  • Providing technical support to our attendees.
Ideally, you’d have:
  • Prior experience in software development either through previous jobs or side projects.
  • We value a passion for building digital products and the ability to learn quickly over work experience.
  • Experience with front-end technologies, such as HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and web frameworks such as React or Angular.
  • Experience with back-end technologies, such as server-side languages, database technologies, and cloud platforms.
  • Ability to work and thrive in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong problem-solving and critical thinking skills, with the ability to break down complex problems and develop effective solutions.
  • Communication and collaboration skills, with the ability to explain technical concepts to non-technical stakeholders.
  • Ability to work in English
Bonus Points for
  • Experience building and consuming internal/external REST APIs
  • Interest toward some specialized field, such as data engineering, machine learning, or user research.
  • Interest in the startup ecosystem and an entrepreneurial mindset.
What’s in it for you?
  • The dev team aims to be a stepping stone for technical co-founders, you’ll learn how to build and iterate fast based on customer feedback.
  • If you can justify it, you can build it. Ideas at Slush come from anyone, regardless of title or seniority. If you’re curious and love building, the Slush dev team is the best place to be.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to meet and connect with amazing people from the startup ecosystem, whatever you’re building, there’s always someone to reach out to for advice.
About Slush

Slush is a student-driven, not-for-profit organization on a mission to help and create founders to change the world.

Commitment

Ideally, we are looking for someone to start in February. This is a fixed-term position until the end of 2023.

Sound good?

Submit your application HERE. If you’re curious to learn more, send our Chief Product and Technology Officer Axel Adlercreutz a message ([email protected]).

We’ll start reaching out to applicants on January 13th, 2023.

Partnership Manager

About Slush Partnership Team:

The Partnership Manager is part of Slush’s Partnership team, which generates half of Slush’s revenue. The team makes this by crafting partnerships adding value for the surrounding ecosystem, the partner, and Slush. The tight-knit team includes 3-4 Partnership Managers, led by the Head of Partnerships.

What you can expect from your role as a Partnership Manager:

You are part of defining our partnership strategy to (1) fund a significant portion of Slush operations and (2) lead Slush toward its mission by creating value for startups through partner presence. Your responsibilities include:

  • Being the account manager for tens of forward-looking companies, your deals total anywhere between hundreds of thousands and millions of euros.
  • Leading your own projects (e.g. business development in a specific offering, partner comms, partner feedback, etc) based on your interests and abilities.
  • Driving sales efforts in specific verticals, geographical areas, or offering packages – again based on your interests and ambitions.

What will you get?

  1. You will not have the same amount of freedom and trust in any other organization; leading a multi-million not-for-profit’s commercial operations and development will be fast-paced and highly rewarding.
  2. Due to our culture of “trust by default” and the constant need to renew ourselves, Slush has become one of the best founder schools on the planet.
  3. You will build a unique network of people throughout the global startup & innovation ecosystem (VCs, founders, facilitators), as well as an international tech/innovation/CVC network through our counterparties (leading tech companies globally).
  4. PS team is the commercial core at Slush, responsible for most activities seen from the outside during Slush week; 80% of events and 80% of production during Slush are organized by partners, 50% of all revenue, and most of all growth possibilities in the future.

What we expect from you:

  • Superb comms skills – grammar, rhetoric, and all the basic stuff. Empathy and ability to understand counterparties’ perspectives in client relationships and internal teamwork.
  • Furiously into learning and development – eager to learn about feedback, new industries, business models, project management, etc. You don’t have to know basically anything beforehand, but be able to quickly absorb new things.
  • Ability to strive, give high-fives, and be proactive even under immense pressure.
  • Experience in B2B sales or event sponsorships (from e.g. student activities).
  • Understanding of tech & startup scene, and how stakeholders benefit from startup collaboration.
  • Analytical mindset – perhaps experience in breaking down complex business cases, approaching problems in a structured manner, or just conducting analyses to support decision-making.

We at Slush don’t look for ready-made packages but rather for people with limitless potential. The broader team at Slush will support your growth within the startup ecosystem regardless of previous experience.

Commitment: The role is based in Helsinki and we are looking for two candidates to start in February / early March 2023. The role is a fixed-term position until the end of 2023. The positions are filled as the right candidates are found.

For more information or questions please get in touch with us at [email protected]

Apply here.

Program Curator

About Slush Program Team:

The program curator is part of Slush’s Program team, which takes care of all the 170 main stage speakers at Slush. Program team’s mission is to bring the successful venturers of the startup ecosystem to Slush to share their knowledge, learnings, and stories from the years of building their startups or VCs on stage. Our stages determine what 13 000 visitors see and hear at Slush and have a tremendous impact on the event and industry even years after.

Join the program team that works rigorously in researching, thinking, and communicating ideas and content with speakers, creating unique talks for Slush stages, and connecting the speakers with promising startup builders. The speakers we have worked with range from Twitter, Paypal, and Twitch co-founders to leaders from Tinder, Revolut, and OnlyFans to Managing Partners of Sequoia, Accel, and Lightspeed Ventures to the Finnish Prime Minister and former Vice President of the United States.

What you can expect from your role as a Program Curator:

Program team works closely together to build the stage program at Slush. As a program curator, you get to take ownership of one of our three main stages. This includes

  • Researching, finding, and inviting speakers
  • Establishing and maintaining speaker relations
  • Producing the speaking engagements (talk descriptions, preparation calls, stage schedule)
  • Managing speaker experience together with Speaker Operations (logistics, side events)
  • Planning and creating one mentoring concept to connect speakers with Slush startup visitors
  • Leading volunteers working on your stage

What we expect from you:

  • A curious mindset for the world around us and a perspective on the problems our world faces
  • Great research skills and ability to comprehend ideas and content quickly
  • Capability to synthesize broad ideas into interesting, individual components
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal (English)
  • Empathy and humility. In addition to establishing meaningful relationships with our speakers, you’ll be working in the intersection of internal teams to support their work
  • Self-starter with great execution skills: capable of advancing own projects independently

We at Slush don’t look for ready-made packages but rather for people with limitless potential. The broader team at Slush will support your growth and more importantly clarity of thought combined with relentless curiosity towards the inner workings of the startup ecosystem trump previous experience.

Commitment: The role is based in Helsinki and we are looking for one candidate to start in March and two in June 2023. There’s a possibility to start in August as well. The role is a fixed-term position until the end of 2023.

For more information or questions please contact our Head of Program, Anna, at [email protected]

Apply here.

Speaker Operations

About Slush Program Team:

The speaker operations is part of Slush’s Program team, which takes care of all the 170 main stage speakers at Slush. Program team’s mission is to bring the successful venturers of the startup ecosystem to Slush to share their knowledge, learnings, and stories from the years of building their startups or VCs on stage. Our stages are one of the most visible parts of Slush and have a tremendous impact on the event and industry even years after.

Join the program team that works rigorously in creating unique talks for Slush stages, and connecting the speakers with promising startup builders. The speakers we have worked with range from Twitter, Paypal, and Twitch co-founders to leaders from Tinder, Revolut, and OnlyFans to Managing Partners of Sequoia, Accel, and Lightspeed Ventures to the Finnish Prime Minister and former Vice President of the United States.

What you can expect from your role as a Speaker Operations:

In this role, you will be responsible for the speaker experience at Slush 2023. In doing your work, you should be guided by an ambition to create the best speaker experience of any startup or technology conference in Europe. After all, we want to be the one event that the brightest minds of the global startup ecosystem choose to speak at. What’s more, what we lack in attractiveness by virtue of not paying any of our speakers, we should make up for in experience. Your responsibilities include:

  • Ownership of exclusive events organized for speakers (Speaker off-site and Speaker dinner)
  • Managing speakers’ logistics (arrival, accommodation, flow at the event, speaker gifts)
  • Establishing and maintaining speaker relations: Responsibility for wider communication with all speakers
  • Leading one of the largest volunteer groups with 100 volunteers at Slush, and two other smaller volunteer teams
  • Recruiting and training stage hosts
  • Handling and arranging multiple documentation related to the stage program

What we expect from you:

  • Excellent project management skills, including the ability to comprehend and lead multiple projects at once
  • Succinct communicator, both written and verbal (English)
  • Self-starter with great execution skills: capable of advancing own projects independently
  • Excitement to create the best speaker experience and do excellent customer service
  • Empathy and humility. In addition to establishing meaningful relationships with our speakers, you’ll be working in the intersection of internal teams to support their work
  • Interest in entrepreneurship, startups, and technology

We at Slush don’t look for ready-made packages but rather for people with limitless potential. The broader team at Slush will support your growth and more importantly clarity of thought combined with relentless curiosity towards the inner workings of the startup ecosystem trump previous experience.

Commitment: The role is based in Helsinki and we are looking for one candidate to start in June 2023. The role is a fixed-term position until the end of 2023.

For more information or questions please contact us at [email protected]

Apply here.

Startup Operations (starting in April 2023)

Please note that this role is different from the other Startup Operations role.

Slush is the leading startup event on the planet – attracting thousands of the most promising young ventures in the Nordics, Europe – and beyond. Several of today’s unicorn companies have walked the halls of Slush in their early days, and the Startup team has always been there to help them.

Responsibilities of the Startup Team

The Startup Team is at the core of Slush, as we build the concepts and relations that attract the world’s leading startups. We work independently on the following responsibilities:

  • Reviewing and accepting Startup applications to Slush 2023
  • Creating a deeper relation with the world’s most promising startups
  • Building startup concepts and curating startup focused program
  • Helping startups with exceptional customer service

The Startup Team also supports others by jointly owning the following responsibilities with other teams:

  • Selling the Startup tickets to Slush 2023 with the Studio team
  • Creating the world’s best meeting experience together with the Product and Investor teams
  • Executing startup partnerships (Founders Day, Operator Dinners, Demo Booths, etc) with the Partnership team
Responsibilities of Startup Operations

In addition to the team-wide responsibilities, you will be directly contributing to the creation of the best startup experience on the planet by:

  • Being the first point of contact for the 5,000 startups arriving to Slush 2023
  • Sourcing, inviting & choosing promising startups to join the Startup Studio stage concepts
  • Planning & leading smooth operations of the Startup Studio stage
  • Preparing, informing & assisting startups joining our stage concepts before and during the event
  • Leading the Startup Studio volunteer operations
  • Communicating the value promise of Slush to the most ambitious founders and operators globally
Requirements

You will grow into our in-house expert and evangelist of the startup ecosystem, so we’re looking for someone who:

  • Is a succinct and persuasive communicator in English – both verbally and in writing.
  • Enjoys the prospect of executing various parallel concepts.
  • Is passionate to support founders & has endless excitement to build value for them.
  • Has a curious mindset to absorb the dynamics of the global startup ecosystem and is excited to build value within it.
  • Is empathetic and humble. In addition to establishing meaningful relationships with our external supporters, you’ll be working in the intersection of internal teams to support their work.
  • Excellent project management skills, including an ability to comprehend and lead multiple projects at once.
  • Self-starter with great execution skills: capable of advancing own projects independently.

We at Slush don’t look for ready-made packages. Your growth will be supported by the broader team at Slush, and more importantly clarity of thought combined with relentless curiosity towards the inner workings of the startup ecosystem trump previous experience. Ideally, you’ll be looking to join Slush for 1–3 years and use it as a launchpad on your path to founding or joining a world-changing growth company.

Commitment: The role is based in Helsinki and we are looking for a candidate to start on April 1st, 2023. The role is a fixed-term position until the end of 2023.

Interested? Submit your application here.

If you have questions about the role, send a message to the Head of Startups, Marko ([email protected]).

Startup Operations (Starting in August 2023)

Please note that this role is different from the other Startup Operations role.

Slush is the leading startup event on the planet – attracting thousands of the most promising young ventures in the Nordics, Europe – and beyond. Several of today’s unicorn companies have walked the halls of Slush in their early days, and the Startup team has always been there to help them.

Responsibilities of the Startup Team

The Startup Team is at the core of Slush, as we build the concepts and relations that attract the world’s leading startups. We work independently on the following responsibilities:

  • Reviewing and accepting Startup applications to Slush 2023
  • Creating a deeper relation with the world’s most promising startups
  • Building startup concepts and curating startup focused program
  • Helping startups with exceptional customer service

The Startup Team also supports others by jointly owning the following responsibilities with other teams:

  • Selling the Startup tickets to Slush 2023 with the Studio team
  • Creating the world’s best meeting experience together with the Product and Investor teams
  • Executing Startup partnerships (Founders Day, Operator Dinner, Demo Booths, etc) with the Partnership team
Responsibilities of Startup Operations

In addition to the team-wide responsibilities, you will be directly contributing to the creation of the best startup experience on the planet by:

  • Being the first point of contact for the 5000 startups arriving to Slush 2023
  • Planning & leading smooth operations of Founders Day, the largest founder-only gathering in the world with several activities throughout the day
  • Preparing & assisting Startups joining our stage concepts before and during the event
  • Leading the Founders Day Volunteer operations
  • Communicating the value promise of Slush to the most ambitious founders and operators globally
Requirements

You will grow into our in-house expert and evangelist of the startup ecosystem, so we’re looking for someone who:

  • Is a succinct and persuasive communicator in English – both verbally and in writing.
  • Enjoys the prospect of executing various parallel concepts.
  • Is passionate to support founders & has endless excitement to build value for them.
  • Has a curious mindset to absorb the dynamics of the global startup ecosystem and is excited to build value within it.
  • Is empathetic and humble. In addition to establishing meaningful relationships with our external supporters, you’ll be working in the intersection of internal teams to support their work.
  • Excellent project management skills, including an ability to comprehend and lead multiple projects at once.
  • Self-starter with great execution skills: capable of advancing own projects independently.

We at Slush don’t look for ready-made packages. Your growth will be supported by the broader team at Slush and more importantly clarity of thought combined with relentless curiosity towards the inner workings of the startup ecosystem trump previous experience. Ideally, you’ll be looking to join Slush for 1–3 years and use it as a launchpad on your path to founding or joining a world-changing growth company.

Commitment: The role is based in Helsinki and we are looking for a candidate to start on August 1st, 2023. The role is a fixed-term position until the end of 2023.

Interested? Submit your application here.

If you have questions about the role, send a message to the Head of Startups, Marko ([email protected]).

Open application

We’re always up for a chat with exceptional individuals. To submit an open application, drop our Chief of External Relations Elin a line at [email protected].

Please include your CV or LinkedIn profile.

Our values

BE CURIOUS

Slushers are some of the most curious people you will come across. We ask a lot of questions. We have strong opinions, but we are curious to hear reasons why we might be wrong. We refuse to act on the information we don’t fully understand. Many of us read voraciously. When we meet new people, we delight by being genuinely interested in them. Internally, we share what we’ve read and learned. Some of us have personal interests that border on irrational.

This is important for three reasons:

  1. Slush is a workplace that gives young people more responsibility than any other. What we lack in experience, we must make up for in curiosity.
  2. In our efforts to build a one-of-a-kind event and community, we have ventured beyond where any other event organizer has gone. No playbook exists for the work we do. Every day, we must answer questions that haven’t been asked before.
  3. Slush is not a destination it’s a launchpad. While we truly care about the work we do at Slush ultimately, we recognize that the measure of our time here will be everything Slush helps us do down the line.

TRUST BY DEFAULT

At Slush, trust is not earned, it can only be lost. From your first day as a Slusher, every person believes in you more than you believe in yourself.

We show this trust in ways that set us apart from most workplaces:

  • At Slush, decisions should be made by the team member who owns the corresponding domain. We trust each other to seek out the necessary perspective to make an informed decision.
  • We share all information openly. We believe that ample access to information results in the best work, and trust our colleagues to do what’s best for Slush with this information.
  • We are remote-first and highly flexible in working habits. We trust and encourage our team members to arrange their work in a manner that maximizes their productivity and well-being.
  • At Slush, leadership is a division of responsibilities, not an expression of hierarchy or a command chain. We trust every Slusher to act as if they were the founder of their own domain.
  • From Day 1, we trust our colleagues to be exceptional spokespeople for Slush.

Importantly, a company operating at this level of trust can only ever work if each of us tries hard to live up to that trust. In doing so, we are guided by our other eight values.

NEVER SETTLE

At Slush, we believe that only those who never settle thrive. In the past decade, we’ve built the world’s leading startup event with a group of students and volunteers. However, we are only getting started. We will never stop asking “what next?” and “how could this be improved?”.

In fact, we work in an ecosystem that was designed to dethrone incumbents. Therefore, we, if any, should know that category leadership is transient. Getting here was the easy part. The hard one is that which stretches out ahead.

The startup ecosystem reminds us that legacy and creativity are hard to reconcile. While we build on the great work we’ve done over the years, we must constantly evaluate that work from first principles, as if nothing had come before us. Equally, we don’t hire people who can execute a checklist, we hire those who can throw it out the window and redefine how to get to their goals. At Slush, every day is Day 1.

EXCELLENCE IS A HABIT

Attention to detail compounds over time. Even in startups, excellence is nothing more than a habit. For that, we have high standards for ourselves in doing the basics right:

  • We respect the intense struggle of the entrepreneurial process. When dealing with our community, we always show up on time and communicate promptly.
  • We respect the time and effort of our colleagues. We stick to commonly agreed routines and aim to put our progress out there to ensure our team has full information at all times.
  • We always close the loop – both internally and externally. If we are unsure, we say “I’ll figure it out and get back to you.”
  • We understand that there is always more work to be done than hours for doing it. To achieve our objectives, we actively take time to prioritize, de-prioritize, and plan our work.

By being consistent with the basics – even when no one is watching – we create an environment where we can expect the same from others. That, in turn, preserves our headspace for solving hard problems that deserve our attention.

STRIVE FOR CLARITY

We are a complex company. Very few organizations of 30–50 people have 17 teams, 4 main products, and thousands of customers. Even fewer employ a team whose average experience with the company is less than a year.

For these reasons, we try to be very clear in the following three actions:

  • Communication. Unclear or insufficient communication is a common root cause of failure. Therefore, we communicate succinctly, ask the right questions while providing ample context, and question our colleagues when we suspect we’re being asked the wrong ones. We put extra effort into documentation.
  • Decision-making. Every Slusher owns nearly all decisions related to their domain. Even after a heated debate, once a decision is made, we expect our colleagues to stand behind it. Therefore, we seek ample perspective before making a decision, reason rigorously, and then communicate clearly. At Slush, a decision isn’t considered made before it has been communicated to everyone who it might affect.
  • Leadership. As leaders, we recognize that our most important job is to reduce complexity. We set goals that clearly communicate what we expect of our team members and by when. Subsequently, we help our teams do intentional, clear, and specific work. We ask “why?” over and over again. When a team member gets really stuck, we are there for them with clear guidance.

Each of these modes of clarity is underpinned by a clarity of thinking. That is one of the core traits we look for when hiring.

Lastly, it’s worth mentioning that clarity and complexity can rarely be reconciled verbally. Therefore, in pursuing clarity, we default to writing.

CARE DEEPLY

We care deeply for our work and about our colleagues. We are curious to get to know our team members and proactively ask how they are doing. Even if in a hurry, we take time to pause and listen.

Work at Slush is about us, not me. We win and lose as a team and help beyond our own responsibilities. We own our failures and embrace them as a collective opportunity to learn. Moreover, we make sure to celebrate everything from the tiniest wins to major achievements.

We give and ask for candid feedback to help each other grow. We steer clear of gossip and encourage giving feedback directly by asking, “have you said this to…?”.

When encountering something uncomfortable or against our culture, we don’t close our eyes but run towards the pain.

DEFAULT TO ACTION

Like the startups we work with, Slush works best when we execute early and iterate rapidly. While we value rigorous thinking and thoughtful plans, we acknowledge that we rarely know the final solution before starting to work on it. We believe everything is a “work in progress” and therefore share our work openly for feedback, both internally and externally, already before it’s ready.

We recognize the difference between half-done and half-thought. While the former is acceptable and part of the iterative process, the latter is something we try to avoid. We aim to think-share-improve instead of making our colleagues do the thinking for us.

We are frugal like a startup, and default solving problems with creativity over budget. Whenever it makes a difference, we are ready to get our hands dirty and do things that don’t scale.

Slush trusts you more than you do. To complete our work, we first ask ourselves “can I do this myself”, and only then ask for help. More often than not, we learn something very useful along the way.

STAY HUMBLE

Slush exists to help and create founders to change the world. To pursue our mission, we actively put founders first in everything we do.

We acknowledge we’re not (yet) founders ourselves but make an effort to understand the founder mindset by going out there to ask, listen and read.

At Slush, all founders are equal. It does not mean that we serve every founder similarly, as founders’ needs differ based on where they are in their journey. It means that we obsess about solving founders’ problems at all stages.

We recognize that, while we’re at Slush, we have been put in charge of a project that is not our own. Ultimately, we know that doing what’s best for Slush translates into maximal personal learning for ourselves.

REDEFINE ENTREPRENEURSHIP

At Slush, we believe that entrepreneurship is the most efficient way to change the world at scale. Right now, perhaps more than ever, we face pressing problems to solve.

For these reasons, we feel a sense of urgency about shaping a brighter entrepreneurial future in Europe. We believe that it requires three axes of systemic change:

  1. We need companies to be built by diverse individuals that build in collaboration with the rest of society, including academia, governments, and the arts.
  2. We need those companies to take extraordinary risks that, if successful, change the future beyond recognition.
  3. We need them to pursue the most pressing problems of our time.

We call this Entrepreneurship Redefined.

We cannot enact this change unless we as a company live up to these same virtues. Therefore, diversity, inclusion, and sustainability are core to the way we build Slush. While we think deeply about the ethical questions inherent in technological progress, we strongly believe that better tech creates a better world.

Our team

All Team 2022

Adrien Fernandez

Dev Ops

Aino Bergius

Chief Financial and Operating Officer

Aino-Maija Muntila

Head of People

Ana Fernández

Node Operations

Anna Song

Head of Program

Antonia Eneh

Head of Finance

Axel Adlercreutz

Chief Product and Technology Officer

Diana Iamanaeva

Designer

Eerika Savolainen

Chief Executive Officer

Ekaterina Povarenko

UX/UI Designer

Elin Dölker

Chief of External Relations

Hau Phan

Junior Web Developer

Jessica Jäntti

People Operations

Joona Puro

Finance

Juha Hovintalo

Investor Operations

Karoliina Pärnänen

Art Director

Kimmo Pesonen

Full Stack Developer

Linda Björkenheim

President

Marko Voutilainen

Head of Startups

Maxine Buchert

Marketing Content Lead

Miranda Lehtonen

Production Operations

Natalie Lingwood

Expansion (Slush'D)

Noora Saksa

Head of Partnerships

Reetta Pesonen

Head of Media & PR

Valtteri Meriläinen

Head of Production

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