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Meet the team – Colin

MEET THE SUP46 TEAM – COLIN

Ever wondered how we manage to keep an office of roughly 250 people running? It all comes down to the person in our core team that heads up the title of Service Coordinator, his name is Colin. He is in charge of making sure the walls are intact, the coffee keeps flowing, that we are as safe as we can possibly be and basically a hundred or so additional, equally important tasks. To his help he has a team of volunteering Service Interns that he manages.

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  • How did you end up at SUP46? 

Most of my previous work experience has revolved around administrative support roles in law firms and consulting businesses, but I have a very diverse skill-set and have worked in landscaping, restaurants, pool management and a little carpentry too. I honestly didn’t have much experience with, or knowledge of the startup world, but now that I’m being exposed to it I am completely intrigued. Having so many bright, motivated and passionate people in one place is an absolute goldmine.

I moved to Stockholm to be with my then girlfriend, now fiancé Paula. I had been in Sweden for about 4 months and had been applying for every job under the sun. It’s not an easy job market when you aren’t fluent in Swedish, and it can be a bit daunting. When I came across the posting for the Service Coordinator, however, I thought it really described me to a T and I got excited about the prospect immediately. I came in for my first interview and found the lobby full of people drinking beer and playing a foosball tournament and thought to myself: “I sure hope this is the right place.” I hadn’t heard about SUP46 before then, but the more I learn every day, the more fortunate I feel to be part of this team.

  • What does your role at SUP46 entitle?

As Service Coordinator, I am in charge of office practicalities, i.e. keeping the place running smoothly. That covers everything from keeping the coffee flowing, to security, fire safety, handyman stuff, cleaning, managing interns and quite a bit of administrative work as well. Please let me know if there is anything that needs to be fixed, could be potentially dangerous, or is simply an inconvenience. Being that the company and office are relatively new, I think there is always room for improvement redesign and evolution.

  • What do you like best about your job? 

It’s very busy. I think that a job that keeps one from watching the clock is important. I am really beginning to enjoy the challenge of prioritizing tasks in order to maintain the office and keep everything in good working order. Besides that, as I previously said, I get to work with incredible people. The SUP46 staff are all wonderfully friendly and welcoming, and the members are an amazing group of people as well. It’s also nice to have a job where you can get up from your computer and swing a hammer for a while. Most people don’t get the chance to do both.

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

I’m very interested in indoor factory farming. I believe it’s the future of agriculture, and ecologically and economically, it’s is one way to feed the masses without destroying the environment. Indoor farms reduce water use drastically, remove the need for pesticides and as they can be built in metropolitan areas, the food can be delivered directly without the need for a lot of trucks. Obviously this is a large scale business which is already being implemented, but I find it fascinating.

  • What is SUP46 to you in one word?

Tribe!

 

If you want to be part of SUP46’s insanely awesome team of Service Interns, helping out in making the days run smoothly for our members – thus getting to know some of the most promising startups in Sweden – you can read more and apply here.

 


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.


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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Dear Diary

Hello and welcome to our first ever blog post! 

SUP46 has been the hub and meeting place for the startup scene in Sweden for two and a half years now. Some of you might think that this blog post is a tad overdue for someone who is a rather strong voice for the startup people of Sweden – but we say better late than never.

Going forward you will be able to find everything from our thoughts on industry news and a deeper look into the SUP46 community, to guest posts and interviews with inspiring and interesting startup people. We also hope to give you a better picture of what goes on behind the scenes at SUP46. After all, the open meeting place is just one part of what we do whilst the exclusive member-based community, and helping our members grow, is where our focus truly lies.

The curator of this blog will be the same person who “is” SUP46 in all of our other digital channels, my name is Elin and I am in charge of PR & Communications at SUP46. If you want to share your own thoughts and insights in this channel or have something you would love to read about – don’t hesitate to get in contact on elin@sup46.com.

We hope you are as excited as we are about this new blog of all things startup AND of course our brand new website – isn’t it pretty? It is built by Sandström / Zethelius.

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