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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.

 


The Stockholm Investment Landscape

THE STOCKHOLM INVESTMENT LANDSCAPE

This infographic from The Nordic Web gives you a nice overview of the state of the investment landscape in Stockholm. Did you for instance know that during H1 2016, Stockholm based startups had already raised $1.2B – thereby surpassing the total of investments made during the whole of 2015.

We are extra happy to be able to announce that SUP46’s members follow suit by surpassing $31M during the summer, the same amount that they raised during the whole of 2015!

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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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STHLM TECH PROTEST

STHLM TECH PROTEST

Today we were part of the friendly demonstration STHLM TECH PROTEST by Sveriges Riksdag. As SUP46 is one of the initiators of the Swedish Startup Manifesto we felt it was appropriate to attend and show our support. It was a very civil demonstration with attendees from the tech and startup scene.

We all gathered around 10am with flowers and some signs, thanks to 500Startups. Trust the americans to do a demonstration the right way! We handed out the Manifesto, talked to the political representatives that showed up and of course national and international media. In the end there was almost as many reporters as there were protestors. You can read more about it in English on The Local.

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Now we are off to Tokyo for the second edition of SLUSH Asia. The trip is a Nordic Showcase and we are traveling together with the rest of the #NordicMade initiative.

 


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