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How to become a SUP46 member

HOW TO BECOME A SUP46 MEMBER
One question we receive quite often is how one becomes a SUP46 startup member. So we thought we would take the opportunity to tell you a bit about our screening process and what we look for when we consider companies.

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STEP 1

To start off, every month we receive around 20 membership applications, they come in through our website where applicants have filled in our pre-screening form. These are screened by our Membership Manager and any applications from non-tech or non-startup companies are rejected straight away.

STEP 2

All other applications proceed to the second stage, in which each startup receives a full application form with more extensive questions. Once this is sent in, it is shared with SUP46’s Screening Jury, which includes representatives from our partners, investors and mentors. The Screening Jury considers all incoming applications and gives input on each case, bearing our criteria in mind:

  • Post-launch, traction and proof of concept
  • Scalable business with large market potential and global ambitions
  • Great team with winner attitude
  • Financial “stability” with 6-12 months runway
  • Interest in contributing to SUP46 community
  • Relevant recommendations / references / endorsements
  • Industries: Internet, mobile, media, gaming and IoT

STEP 3

Our Membership Manager looks at the feedback from our Screening Jury and decides whether or not to invite the startup for a personal interview or reject the application. This interview is the third stage in the process and is used for follow-up questions, to get to know the team on a personal level and also to give the startup a chance to ask any questions they might have.

STEP 4

After the interview, references are taken and the Membership Manager finally makes a decision on whether or not to accept the startup as a member or not.

Sometimes we receive recommendations from people we trust in our network for potential members. This can result in a fast-track application for the startup, although this is not the norm.

Only the most exciting and innovative companies, roughly 10% of all applications, are accepted into the SUP46 community.

THEN WHAT?

Once accepted you get the opportunity to tap into our network of world-class investors, partners, service providers and advisors. You are granted a results-based membership spanning over 12 months and will have regular check-point meetings with both our Membership Manager and Community Manager. This way we can ensure we stay updated on your progress and are able to do everything we can in order for you to grow as you set out.

Everything you need to know about our different types of memberships and the application form can be found here.

If you have any additional questions, feel free to reach out to our Membership Manager Lukas!

 


Meet the team – Petra

MEET THE SUP46 TEAM – PETRA

SUP46 is first and foremost a member-based community for Sweden’s next startup stars. Our 50+ startup members are offered competitive advantage through a world-class ecosystem of investors, partners and advisors. More than 500 people are in one way or another involved in our network and to properly be able to take advantage of the opportunities that creates, there need to be someone keeping track of it all, right? Absolutely right.

Meet our Community Manager Petra!

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  • How did you end up at SUP46?

I have always been interested in the startup scene with its passionate and driven believers. And it’s both the inside and the outside that interests me, meaning that I’m as passionate of an entrepreneur set out to start and develop my own business to conquer the world, as helping others do the same.

So, I consider myself very lucky to have a background in both running my own business as well as helping other startups and small companies grow (mainly through business and market strategy consulting projects).

As I was moving back to Sweden from Los Angeles in Fall 2015, I started to map out the Swedish startup landscape and soon realized that SUP46 was the place to be. I kept my eyes open until an opening came, applied for it and can now proud myself of saying that I’m part of one of the best ecosystems in the world. Ultimately, my passion for the startup scene and my desire to help startups at a larger scale was what led me to SUP46, and I’m super happy to be able to do what I love.

  • What does your role at SUP46 entitle?

In my role as the Community Manager I manage the whole SUP46 Community 😉 That means I take care of all the members of the Community, including Startup Companies, Partners, Sponsors, Investor Members, our Global Friends and Mentors.

My main responsibility is to make sure that everyone has what they need to be able to do their job even better and succeed! How I do that is mostly by connecting people/companies who can benefit from each other or each other’s services. It can be by matching investors with startups in the right stage of fundraising, or making sure our startups benefit from our partner’s expertise in financing, legal advice, IT services, strategic decisions, etc. It can also be by connecting the startups with each other to open up for knowledge exchange within the community (there’s a lot of knowledge here, trust me!), or finding and making external deals and talent that our members are looking for accessible.

To make this happen, I regularly organize workshops, seminars, 1-1 meetings, Office Hours, mentorship meet-ups and other formal and informal events and activities. Lastly, I’m responsible for the internal communication so if you want to get in contact with our members for any reason, you’re welcome to reach out to me!

  • What do you like most about your job?

Everyone in the SUP46 Community is very open and friendly and willing to contribute with what they can, I think that’s what I enjoy the most with SUP46. It makes my job of creating a powerful community so much easier!

What really makes my day is when someone comes up to me and thanks me for something I helped them with (a great introduction, a new connection, a meeting that I facilitated, etc), it really is the best feeling and makes me confident that I contribute to the development of our members.

And of course, all the new connections and great people I get to meet from all around the world is an enormous bonus of working at SUP46!

  • If you were starting your own scalable business tomorrow, what would it be all about?

There are soo many interesting fields (which is another benefit of working at SUP46, that I get to be part of many different things). I get super excited about everything that makes it easier for people/businesses to progress, improve and create the life they want, ultimately reaching their goals. I think where we’re heading within AI and VR will be very interesting to see.

Outside of SUP46 I’m also part of a project that connects exceptionally skilled and innovative students with startup projects and I see a lot of interesting opportunities here. Although there are cooler and bigger stuff that can be done, I think the way we work is changing fast and I find it interesting to work on solutions for being part of forming how the new workspace will look.

  • What is SUP46 to you in one word?

Possibilities! We are committed to providing the best environment to unlock new opportunities for our members to succeed.  

Want to know more about our community? Take a look at this infographic on our member’s progress during 2015.


Interim PR Mgr to SUP46

Interim PR & Communications Mgr to one of Europe’s leading startup hubs

Are you an experienced and inventive communicator with an interest in the flourishing Swedish startup scene? Take this rare opportunity to join the SUP46 team, as its interim PR & Communications Manager, covering a maternity leave.

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WHAT YOU WILL BE FOCUSING ON

You will be in charge of all external communications at one of the leading startup hubs in Europe. You will work in an entrepreneurial environment, with many of Sweden’s most promising startups, and your responsibilities include:

– Making sure SUP46 & our CEO is seen and heard in the right places and with the right messaging, in Sweden and internationally
– Setting statements, opinion pieces and other external comments as well as supporting CEO with content in advance of interviews, speeches and more
– Being available as a support function within PR/comms for our 50+ startup members, strengthening their knowledge and exposure
– Managing, creating content for and curating all external channels (website, social channels, monthly newsletter, blog, newsroom, YouTube and more) to strengthen SUP46’s brand and recognition
– Supporting the rest of SUP46’s team with content where relevant
– Helping members, sponsors and partners communicate with their separate target groups by leveraging SUP46’s platforms, through various collaborations and initiatives
– Keeping up the on-going process of bettering the conditions for all Swedish startups, with Swedish Startup Manifesto as a foundation
– Collaborating with initiatives in the other Nordic countries, in order to drive Sweden and Nordics as a region forward in the eyes of the rest of the world

WHO YOU PROBABLY ARE

To enjoy this role and be able to contribute in a successful way we think that you are:

– Experienced in PR and communications, with an understanding of the media and digital landscape – either through working at an agency or on the client side.
– A great project manager with the ability to prioritize
– As comfortable making long-term plans as you are about thinking on your feet and making quick strategic decisions
– A great lover of content of all sorts and enjoy writing texts and copy with varying tonality, for different purposes and recipients – in both Swedish and English
– Happy working independently with a strong drive to get things done
– Interested in, and preferably has experience from, the tech and startup scene and of course a great curiosity in the possibilities of developing SUP46 further

ABOUT THE EMPLOYMENT

This is a temporary employment covering a maternity leave. The start date will be as soon as possible and the contract will span over roughly 15 months. Apply before August 24th via Jobylon. Contact elin@sup46.com with any additional questions.

ABOUT SUP46

SUP46 is a grass root initiative and today one of the leading startup hubs in Europe for fast-growing tech companies. Our current 50+ startup members range from seed stage to post-Series A. They raised a total of $31M during 2015 and include companies like Universal Avenue, Detectify and Soundtrap.

We accept less than 10% of all applicants and once accepted as members, they are offered a competitive advantage through our world-class ecosystem of investors, partners and advisors. The startups receive a results based membership that spans for a maximum of 18 months.

We are also an open meeting place for the whole startup scene and run a startup café in the venue. Around 250 tech and startup related events are hosted in our event space every year and we have around 30,000 visitors annually.

– Sharing is caring 🙂 if you know someone that might fit, please let them know about this opportunity! – 

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How to know you should startup

How to know you should startup (w HappyTail)

Have you ever had the urge to break free and start your own company but feel unsure of whether or not startup life is for you? We asked Maja and Katharina – the founders of HappyTail, one of our members – a few questions about their thoughts on starting and building a scalable startup. Hopefully their input can be of help and answer some of the questions you might have about starting out.

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– Firstly, please tell us a bit about your startup.
HappyTail matches dog lovers locally. It is a fun and social network for people sharing the same interest: dogs! In the app you can easily find dog friends and dog sitters as well as dog friendly places nearby or join social walks in your neighbourhood.
The problem we see today is that dog lovers with common interests such as breeding, agility, social walks or mutual benefits – say you need dog sitter or want to borrow dog – can’t get in touch easily today.
We are solving the problem with a fun and social network based on location.

– How did you know you wanted to start your own company?
We have always been inspired by great ideas – especially when we see a need on the market but no solution for it – and if this is the case, then you have to go and fix it yourself!

– Do you have a routine of some sort to create order in the normally quite versatile startup life?
Yes, of course! We have weekly to do’s that we have split among the different team members and that we follow up each week. It helps to focus on the most important tasks and to see and evaluate our progress.
In addition we always start the week with looking through what else needs to be done and when and who we will do those tasks.
Maja: I personally exercise regularly, once a week with a trainer and the other days I keep active with cycling, running and power walking. For me it is important to eat healthy and combined with my daily exercises, it gives me the energy I need to feel good in the otherwise very stressful startup world.

– What is the best thing about running your own company?
You can work with something that you love. You can be a part of changing the future and making the world a better place 🙂

– What is the best thing about being female founders of a startup?
We stick out, there are not that many female founders in the tech startup scene (yet)!

– If someone reading this has thoughts or plans to start their own company, what would you say they should start with?
Find the right team that fills the necessary skills to get started without the need to have an investment in place.
It is important to check your own network first, because the longer you have known the person to join your team the better 🙂 But of course there are other ways as well, for example your friends’ networks or more formal networking events where you can find for example tech people. It is always important though to get a reference from a person you trust!

– How does one find a co-founder?
This part is really hard! You need to find someone that complements you and at the same time believes in the same vision as you. You should be able to trust each other and work well together, so the optimal situation would be that you have known this person for a long time, maybe have done some projects together and know that you can endure hard times together!

– What are the three things you wish someone had told you before starting up?
Most things we were told, but it’s hard to take in when you haven’t experienced it yourself. But what can be a challenge is:
1. Everything takes much longer than you think and also cost much more, you should multiply estimated time and money with 3 when planning your roadmap
2. It takes time to build the perfect team, because there are many components that are “more important” than a persons skills, for example passion AND personality. Don’t rush when building your team, it might be more costly in the end if you employ the “wrong” person
3. Try to get your legal papers and shareholder agreements in place as soon as possible, it can be harder and more time consuming to do this later on in the process

Do you have further questions or has this perhaps sparked an idea or two? Look out for the next SUP46 FemTech event, a great opportunity to meet and network with entrepreneurs and other women in tech. It will take place in our event space on June 20 and we will soon publish all the information here. You can also take a look at one of our previous FemTech events here.

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Meet the team – Lana

MEET THE SUP46 TEAM – LANA

A startup, just like any other company, is built up by the people who are part of them. Ask an investor what they look at when they consider an investment and we’re prepared to bet that all of them will have “The team” at no lower than third place.

So what better way to start off than by properly introducing the SUP46 team to you? Let’s start off by getting to know the first face you see when visiting SUP46 a little better, which is of course our event assistant and receptionist, Lana.

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  • How did you end up at SUP46?

Before joining SUP46, the startup world was absolutely unknown to me. Previously I worked with events in Malta and the Netherlands, marketing, and a non-profit organization focusing on development in the Middle East. Initially, I came to Stockholm to study, and while waiting for the acceptance letter from the school I wanted to do something fun. I started volunteering at SUP46, became extremely excited about the whole environment and a few months later I started to work here full time. Soon it will already be 1 year from when I started, and not a day has passed without bits of fun, challenge and learning.

  • What does your role at SUP46 entitle?

I am usually the first face people see when coming in. So some part of my day is dedicated to greeting people, answering their questions and helping with anything they might need. Most of my time I spend assisting people who are organising events in our space. We have around 20 events a month, some days as many as 3 events in one day. I also have a team of around 20 people who are volunteering at the events. I am responsible for recruiting, training and motivating them. Besides that, I am also responsible for the conference room reservations for external companies.

Of course, every day something different is happening and I enjoy solving problems and taking on and following through new projects. One of the most recent projects I took part in was the opening of the new Startup Café by SUP46.

If you want to book a conference room, need to know more about SUP46 or just want to say hi, shoot me an email.

  • What do you like best about your job?

The best part of my job is all the people I meet here. It is truly inspiring to see what people are able to build, how they think and how they do business. There are a lot of lessons to learn here. People are very open to give advice and help. Most of the fun usually happens after working hours, when the office starts to calm down and you are able to have these really interesting conversations, idea bouncing, and also sometimes some pep talk to keep motivation up.

  • If you were starting your own scalable business tomorrow, what would it be all about?

I believe that business can do both – doing good and making money. I also think that ideas comes from needs, and as soon as I have the need to solve a problem, I will turn it in a scalable business.

  • What is SUP46 to you in one word?

Steppingstone. Does a dash make it one word? 😀

Want to know more about any of us? Our contact details can be found here.

Apart from the core team we have an army of absolutely outstanding Service Interns and Event Admins making sure the SUP46 world keeps spinning, but more about them another time.


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