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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.

Our values

Curiosity
A strong desire to know or learn something new

We ask questions emphatically, give candid feedback often to help each other grow, and enthusiastically share what we’ve read and learned. We love people who are insanely passionate or obsessed about something.

 

Courage
The ability to do something that frightens one

When setting goals, we ask ourselves “are we thinking too small?”. We talk about our challenges openly and aim to solve them together. We openly admit failures and share what we learned from them.

Trust by default
Do what’s best for Slush

We give and express trust from day one. We are careful to do only what’s best for Slush, and expect the same of our peers. We avoid unnecessary hierarchies and believe decisions should be made by the team member with the most domain expertise of the topic.

 

Humbleness
The quality or state of not thinking you are better than other people

We look to give back relentlessly to help the surrounding community. We remind ourselves that it is always Day 1 at Slush – past success is no guarantee of a bright future. We share our learnings openly because helping and creating founders is not a zero-sum game.

 

 

Long-term thinking
The ability to think long-term in everything

By optimizing for the long term in our decision-making, we aim to leave Slush and the world in a better shape than we got it. We don’t want to be in a position where we have won the battle but lost the war. For instance, our personal health always trumps the concepts we execute.

Want to join the team? Check out our open positions for 2022.

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.

Open Application

We’re always up for a chat with exceptional individuals. To submit an open application, drop our COO Eerika a line at eerika.savolainen at slush.org. Please include your CV or LinkedIn profile.

Head of Partnerships

We are looking for a Head of Partnerships to lead the commercial core of Slush.

In this role, you will lead Slush’s Partnerships Team, responsible for generating roughly half of Slush’s revenue and bridging the gap between startups, corporations and universities. In addition, you will lead the development of partner processes and concepts, and act as an account manager for tens of forward-looking companies.

At Slush, we look for people with limitless potential. We believe that passionate curiosity and the ability to learn exceptionally fast are what ultimately makes people thrive.

Responsibilities:

  • Define our partnership strategy to (1) fund a significant portion of Slush operations and (2) lead Slush towards its mission by creating value for startups through partner presence
  • Lead and recruit the Partnerships team at Slush
  • Lead the development of partnership concepts
  • Lead the development of partnership processes (operations, sales, comms, etc.)
  • Be the account manager for tens of forward-looking companies, your deals totalling anywhere between hundreds of thousands and millions of euros

We are looking for a person who…

  • Has an analytical mindset – perhaps experience breaking down complex business cases, approaching problems in a structured manner, or conducting analyses to support your own decision-making.
  • Has superb communication skills – grammar, rhetoric, and all the basic stuff. Empathy and ability to understand counterparties perspectives in client relationships and internal teamwork.
  • Has previous experience or interest towards working with B2B clients.
  • Is a team player – the ability to strive, give high-fives, be proactive, and efficiently lead a team even under pressure.

This role requires working proficiency in English.

Commitment:

Ideally, you would start as soon as possible. If you are curious to learn more, send Aino Bergius a message aino.bergius (at) slush.org

Click here to apply

Strategic Partnerships Manager

We are looking for a Strategic Partnership Manager with a can-do attitude, excited to jump into the next challenge on your journey.

In this role, you will act as an account manager for tens of forward-looking companies, your deals totalling several hundreds of thousands, even 1M€+. In addition, you will be responsible for leading your own projects, including but not limited to driving sales efforts in specific verticals, process development, and concept execution.

At Slush, we look for people with limitless potential. We believe that passionate curiosity and the ability to learn exceptionally fast are what ultimately makes people thrive.

Responsibilities:

  • Be the account manager for tens of forward-looking companies, your deals totalling several hundreds of thousands, even 1M€+.
  • Lead your own projects (e.g. process and concept development, concept execution) based on your interests and abilities.
  • Drive sales efforts in specific verticals, geographical areas, or offerings – again based on your interests and ambitions.

We are looking for a person who…

  • Has superb comms skills – grammar, rhetoric, and all the basic stuff. Empathy and ability to understand counterparties perspectives in client relationships and internal teamwork.
  • Is 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 absorb new things quickly.
  • Has ability to strive, give high-fives, and be proactive even under immense pressure

This role requires working proficiency in English.

Commitment:

Ideally, you would start as soon as possible. If you are curious to learn more, send Aino Bergius a message aino.bergius (at) slush.org .

Click here to apply

Editor, Soaked by Slush

We are looking for a highly motivated Editor for Soaked by Slush. Soaked is Slush’s European startup media, fulfilling Slush’s mission of helping and creating founders through curating horizontal advice for founders and operators. We do this by the means of our two products, articles and the Soaked by Slush podcast.

In this role, you will be the an Editor of Soaked, working in close cooperation with and under the guidance of Soaked’s Editor in Chief. You’re a curious and creative person who genuinely enjoys marketing and writing. Furthermore, you’re passionate about building Soaked by Slush into the best source of curated advice for European founders and operators.

At Slush, we look for people with a lot of potential. We believe that passionate curiosity and the ability to learn exceptionally fast are what ultimately makes people thrive. Optimally, you’re a person that wants to grow into the sharpest startup/tech Editor in Europe.

Responsibilities:

  • Take Soaked by Slush’s content distribution to the next level by planning, developing, and executing our marketing & growth efforts
  • Writing captivating and delightful articles for Soaked by Slush
  • In collaboration with the Editor in Chief, plan the content strategy of Soaked by Slush
  • Anything and everything to take Soaked forward as a product. Soaked by Slush is still developing, so there is a wide set of tasks available based on your interests and developmental goals.

We are looking for a person who…

  • Has an excellent level of written English and great attention to detail
  • Has pre-existing knowledge of the startup/tech ecosystem OR an ability to absorb new information and grasp novel concepts rapidly
  • Has previous experience working as a copywriter, content creator, marketing specialist, or similar OR has experience in writing brilliant text from another context
  • Is able to work both independently and in a team – at times under pressure and with tight deadlines
  • Has a high level of self-awareness – you’re able to both give and receive feedback empathetically, and apply it in your work

Commitment:

We are looking for an individual for a full-time vacancy, with opportunities for partial remote work. Ideally, you would start as soon as possible. If you are curious to learn more, send Susan Hyttinen a message susan.hyttinen (at) slush.org and she’ll get back to you in January.

Click here to apply

Junior Web 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 towards 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 high-quality event experience for our event-goers, from the ticket purchase to our in-house Matchmaking Tool. In addition, the Product Team is in charge of developing Node by Slush.

Job description

In this role, you will be developing products & tools for both Slush’s internal use and its customers in close collaboration with different Slush teams.

The right person for this role will have the ability to learn by doing and will not be afraid of taking ownership of developing world-class products that our customers love.

At Slush, we look for people with limitless potential. We believe that passionate curiosity and the ability to learn exceptionally fast are what ultimately make people thrive.

Responsibilities

  • Write readable, testable and efficient code.
  • Create and maintain software documentation.
  • Contribute to the product roadmap.
  • Integrate data from various back-end services and databases.
  • Talking and testing with customers/users in development.
  • Technical customer support throughout the year.
  • Collaborate with different teams in-house.

Our current tech stack:

Technologies: Node.js, React, Typescript, PostgreSQL, REST APIs and Google Cloud Platform.

Tools: Bitbucket, Figma, Jira.

Ideally you’d have:

  • 1-2 years of experience in web/software development through work, studies or hobby projects.
  • Good collaboration skills (e.g., coordinating, building consensus, influencing without authority, listening, being open to others’ perspectives).
  • Ability to work and thrive in a fast-paced environment, learn rapidly and master diverse web technologies and techniques.
  • A passion to build amazing products.
  • Ability to work in English.

Bonus points for:

  • Experience implementing products/services with 3rd party partners.
  • Experience building and consuming internal/external APIs.
  • Interest towards some specialisation field, for example backend development, data & analytics, user research, or machine learning.
  • Entrepreneurial spirit.

This position reports to the Head of Technology and works with two other developers and a designer.

Commitment:

Ideally, you would start as soon as possible.

Click here to apply

If you have any questions about the position, send Elmo Pakkanen elmo.pakkanen (at) slush.org a message.

Junior UI/UX/Product Designer

We are looking for a designer 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 towards a new era of entrepreneurship. Our main tool for the change is the 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 the ticket purchase to our in-house Matchmaking Tool, as well as other products such as Node by Slush. While our brilliant development team is more than capable of building these products, we need someone to perfect the look and feel of our digital experience. This is where you come in.

 

 

Job description

In this role, you will be designing products & tools for both Slush’s internal use and its customers in close collaboration with different Slush teams. We are currently building a completely new line of digital products so you’ll get a chance to contribute to the design choices made from day one, along with the direction of the products themselves.

The right person for this role will have the ability to learn by doing and will not be afraid of taking ownership of designing world-class products that our customers love.

At Slush, we look for people with limitless potential. We believe that passionate curiosity and the ability to learn exceptionally fast are what ultimately make people thrive.

 

Responsibilities

  • Designing pixel-perfect user interfaces for our products.
  • Conducting user research and product experiments to create exceptional user experiences in our products.
  • Design graphic user interface elements, like menus, tabs, and widgets that follow our brand guidelines.
  • Creating wireframes, user flows, and prototypes on products and collaborating with developers.
  • Contribute to the product roadmap and ideation.
  • Gathering requirements and collaborating independently with different teams in-house.

 

Our stack

Figma, Adobe products.

 

Ideally you’d have

  • 1-2 years of experience in web/UI/UX design through work, studies or hobby projects.
  • Good collaboration skills (e.g., coordinating, building consensus, influencing without authority, listening, being open to other perspectives).
  • Ability to work and thrive in a fast-paced environment, learn rapidly and master diverse web technologies and techniques.
  • A passion to build amazing products.
  • Ability to work in English.

 

Bonus points for

  • Experience designing products from idea to real users
  • Ability to independently make small design changes directly in code
  • Entrepreneurial spirit

This position reports to the Chief Product Officer and works in close collaboration with the software development team and our Art Director.

 

About Slush

Slush is a student-driven, not-for-profit organization on a mission to help and create founders to change the world. More about Slush: https://www.slush.org/.

 

Commitment

Ideally, you would start as soon as possible. This is a full time position.

Click here to apply

If you have any questions about the position, send Elmo Pakkanen elmo.pakkanen (at) slush.org a message.

Head of Investor Operations

Slush 2021 was the world’s largest gathering of venture capital – attracting 1,700 investors representing nearly $1 trillion in assets under management, including Sequoia, Kleiner Perkins, Accel, ICONIQ, Union Square Ventures, Index Ventures, and SoftBank Vision Fund.

Now, we’re looking for an exceptional Head of Investor Operations to take charge of this group in 2022. In this role, you’ll take the lead on customer acquisition, relationship management, and concept creation & development. In short, your ambition level should be to create the best investor experience of any event on the planet. Some of the concepts that you can expect to lead or closely contribute to include Investor Day, GP Breakfast, Investor Lounges, and our Meeting Area.

You’ll report to your Head of External Relations Juhana. You’ll work closely with our other stakeholder teams: Startups, Media, Program, and Partnerships. In addition, you will need to work seamlessly with our Marketing and Production teams to realize on your vision.

While the prospect might sound daunting, we at Slush don’t look for ready-made packages. Clarity of thought and relentless curiosity about the inner workings of venture capital trump previous experience. Ideally, you’ll be looking to join Slush for 2–3 years and use it as a launchpad into a career in VC.

Responsibilities:

  • Crystalizing and communicating the value promise of Slush to the leading VCs, CVCs, LPs and angel investors globally
  • Leading the expansion and management of our investor relationships
  • Owning the operations and sales of existing investor products
  • Conceptualizing & executing new value-adding concepts
  • Supporting other Slush teams that rely on our investor networks, such as our (stage) Program team
  • Growing into our in-house expert and evangelist of venture capital

We are looking for a person who…:

  • Is a succinct and persuasive communicator – both verbally and in writing
  • Understands and enjoys the nuances of relationship-building & networking
  • Has a curious mindset to absorb the dynamics of the global startup ecosystem and is excited to build value within it
  • Is emphatic and humble. In addition to establishing meaningful relationships with our external supporters, you’ll be working in the intersection of internal teams to enable their work

Commitment: Ideally, you would be able to start in early 2022. If you have questions about the role, shoot your Head of External Relations Juhana Peltomaa a message juhana.peltomaa(at)slush.org

Click here to apply

Head of Startup Operations

Slush is the leading startup event on the planet – attracting thousands of the most promising young ventures in the Nordics, Europe – and beyond. In their early days, companies like Getir, Bolt, Kahoot, Aiven, and Spacemaker have tread our hallways on their path to breakout success.

Now, we’re looking for an exceptional Head of Startup Operations to take charge of this group in 2022. In this role, you’ll take the lead on customer acquisition, relationship management, and concept creation & development. In short, your ambition level should be to create the best startup experience of any event on the planet. Some of the concepts that you can expect to lead or closely contribute to include Startup Studio, Founders Day, Slush 100 Pitching Competition, and Startup Demo Booths.

You’ll report to your Head of External Relations Juhana. You’ll work closely with our other stakeholder teams: Investors, Media, Program, and Partnerships. In addition, you will need to work seamlessly with our Marketing and Production teams to realize on your vision.

While the prospect might sound daunting, we at Slush don’t look for ready-made packages. Clarity of thought and relentless curiosity about the inner workings of venture capital trump previous experience. Ideally, you’ll be looking to join Slush for 2–3 years and use it as a launchpad on your path to founding or joining an world-changing growth company.

Responsibilities:

  • Crystalizing and communicating the value promise of Slush to the most ambitious founders and operators globally
  • Leading the expansion and management of our founder network
  • Owning the operations and sales of existing startup products
  • Conceptualizing & executing new value-adding concepts
  • Growing into our in-house expert and evangelist of the startup ecosystem

We are looking for a person who…:

  • Is a succinct and persuasive communicator – both verbally and in writing
  • Enjoys the prospect of executing various parallel concepts
  • Thinks about the world analytically – down to the finest details
  • Has a curious mindset to absorb the dynamics of the global startup ecosystem and is excited to build value within it
  • Is emphatic 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

Commitment: Ideally, you would be able to start in early 2022. If you have questions about the role, shoot your Head of External Relations Juhana Peltomaa a message juhana.peltomaa(at)slush.org.

Click here to apply

Our team

All Team 2021

Adrien Fernandez

Dev Ops

Aino Bergius

Strategic Partnerships

Anna Song

People Ops

Annastiina Koivusalo

Head of Program

Annika Leppäaho

Art Director

Axel Adlercreutz

Head of Technology

Benjamin Begley

Lead Program Curator

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Eerika Savolainen

Chief Operating Officer

Elmo Pakkanen

Chief Product Officer

Henri Mäkivirta

Node Operations

Juhana Peltomaa

Head of External Relations

Miika Huttunen

Chief Executive Officer

Miikka Talja

Chief Financial Officer

Natalie Lingwood

Strategic Partnerships

Ossi Tuominen

Insights

Reetta Pesonen

Head of Media & PR

Santeri Toivanen

Chief Marketing Officer

Susan Hyttinen

Editor-in-Chief

Valtteri Meriläinen

Producer

Venla Rantanen

Developer

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