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Part of a world-wide network, Swissnex in San Francisco is Switzerland’s innovation outpost in the Bay Area. We are a dynamic, international team connecting the dots in education, research, innovation, and the arts. We produce events, exhibitions, and startup bootcamps (to name a few) at Pier 17 on the waterfront in San Francisco.

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Entrepreneurship Program Officer

Entrepreneurship Program Officer

Status: Full-time

Start Date: January 17th, 2022

Reports to: Head of Entrepreneurship

About Swissnex 

Swissnex is the Swiss global network connecting the dots in education, research, and innovation. Our impact is centered around empowering next generation innovators to become changemakers by connecting talents and expertise from Switzerland, North America and the world. The Swissnex global network consists of six locations and outposts established in the world’s most innovative hubs. We contribute to strengthening Switzerland’s profile as a world-leading innovation hotspot. 

For over a decade, Swissnex has partnered with Innosuisse to help the most promising startups from Switzerland sharpen their entrepreneurial mindset, skills and networks to successfully establish a foothold in the US market. The program has actively supported the development and internationalization efforts of some of the most successful Swiss startups, including Mindmaze, Dacuda, Doodle, Beekeeper and Ava. We also work with Swiss universities and Swiss-based support organizations to complement and expand their offerings.

Position Summary

We are looking for an Entrepreneurship Program Officer (EPO) to manage and scale our startup programs and to be our in-house expert on all things entrepreneurship. The ideal candidate will be passionate about technology and innovation, forward-thinking, impact oriented, entrepreneurial and a solid networker and have experience working for/with startups and the SF Bay Area startup ecosystem. The EPO will be responsible for the successful execution of our entrepreneurship programs and support in designing and building new programs.

Key Responsibilities 

STARTUP PROGRAMS MANAGEMENT (40%)

  • Lead project management for entrepreneurship programs
  • Scouting and pipeline management of qualified participants for startup programs 
  • Manage Innosuisse startup application process and liaise with Innosuisse, including supporting global coordination of Innosuisse startup services
  • Liaise with subject matter experts and Silicon Valley network to arrange sessions and visits during programs and increase visibility for programs and events 
  • Main point of contact for all startup related inquiries
  • Ensure high quality of startup services and track feedback and success of alumni
  • Support design of new programs and continuous improvement of existing ones

STARTUP PROGRAM OPS/ADMIN/COMMS SUPPORT (40%)

  • Ensure accurate documentation of Innosuisse startup programs 
  • Steer communication, marketing and engagement with and about future, present and past program participants and the overall ecosystem in coordination with our communications team
  • Collaborate with operations teams to ensure smooth communication and execution of startup programs (lead for content and format)
  • Push and propose continuous improvement of these processes

NETWORK DEVELOPMENT & GENERAL SUPPORT (20%)

  • Proactively expand the network for startup support (through engagement with the Swiss and US startup ecosystems) and for all of Swissnex’s activities 
  • Benchmarking for new and existing programs 
  • Support entrepreneurship team with other administrative duties, as assigned
  • Support in building a global startup community

Our ideal candidate 

  • 1 to 2 years’ relevant professional experience, ideally working within the Silicon Valley startup ecosystem
  • First Experience leading projects and using project management tools
  • Experience with basic marketing, content development, and event planning is a plus
  • Experience in building and maintaining a community is a plus
  • Excellent English language and communications skills
  • Proactive problem solver and team player with a growth mindset and positive attitude
  • Passionate about entrepreneurship, the impact it can create and connecting people
  • Willingness to experiment and go the extra mile 
  • Reliable “doer” with the ability to follow processes where necessary
  • Ability to deal with uncertainty and thrive in a fast-paced, creative, and fluid work environment
  • Bonus: has connection to Switzerland / a network within the Swiss startup ecosystem 

What we offer

  • Collaborate with interesting internal and external partners in the fields of science, education, art and innovation in both the SF Bay Area and Switzerland
  • Opportunity for professional growth, both lateral and vertical
  • Attend regular free events and programs, weekly community lunches, and optional workout sessions and have access to professional development opportunities
  • The chance to work with an experimental, engaged, and strengths-based team that is guided by the following principles: We are curious. We value people. We take action. 
  • Non-profit and entry-level compensation range depends on background and country of residence for tax purposes. Benefits include: 4 weeks’ vacation, 12+ annual holidays, sick leave, medical insurance. Swiss employees receive a diplomatic visa and continue to pay into the Swiss benefits system.

Ready to apply? 

  • To be considered, you must apply through this link and include in your application both your resume (CV) and a cover letter detailing your qualifications and interest in the position. 
    Very important: due to our legal status as an annex of the Swiss Consulate, we can only hire Swiss citizens or residents or U.S. citizens or residents. There can be no exceptions. 

Apply soon. Deadline to apply is September 30, 2021

Apply now

Innovation & Startup Manager at Swissnex in Japan

Start November 1, 2021 or upon agreement

Workload           100%

Location             Consulate of Switzerland in Osaka – Swissnex in Japan

The new Consulate of Switzerland in Osaka is part of the global Swissnex network, which was founded on one simple idea: we connect the dots between Switzerland and the world in education, research, and innovation. Our mission is to provide a multi-faceted, transdisciplinary platform to facilitate international exchange in ideas, knowledge and talents. We operate on a non-profit, public-private partnership model, working closely with our extensive network of partners comprising of universities, research labs, innovators, startups, corporations and international organizations on fostering collaboration and ground-breaking innovation. We seek fearlessly innovative leaders and champions to generate collectively the very best outcomes in an international, highly dynamic, and most supportive team, working in a fast-paced, creative and collaborative ecosystem. The Innovation & Startup manager has a key role and scans for trends and “signals from the future” … with a wow factor.

Innovation & Startup Services: Our relevance depends on its capacity to observe and analyze innovation and trends across disciplines like higher education, research and innovation. The scouted information feeds on one hand all our activities, and on the other is translated into meaningful and actionable research and output for our partners and stakeholders (“Innovation Services”). Formats include reporting, seminars, public events, discovery expeditions, strategic partnerships and more, all the way to supporting partner innovation outposts and working synergistically with them. Startup Services include several initiatives targeting Switzerland’s startup ecosystem, fostering its competitivity and internationalization. A wide range of actors create this ecosystem: from entrepreneurially minded students to university spin-offs to seasoned serial entrepreneurs to investors, from publicly supported initiatives to private ventures including all types of incubation and acceleration platforms, as well as service providers.

Responsibilities
  • Project Management: Organization and coordination of startup, innovation and technology related activities and events, including project management, fundraising and logistics. Design and implement in-house and external startup and entrepreneurship projects, events, conferences, workshops, fairs, delegation visits and support startups during their involvement in projects such as the Innosuisse Internalization Camps, Swisstech or Venture Leaders.
  • Research & Trend Scouting: Conduct research on specific topics which are of relevance to startups and/or innovation mandates. Identify new trends and developments in the fields of innovation and technology. Research and report on innovation-related topics of interest to our partners and stakeholders. Facilitate knowledge transfer between Switzerland and Japan. Translate acquired knowledge into expertise to strengthen our services, relevance and visibility.
  • Innovation & Startup Portfolio: Devise and implement strategies to strengthen and diversify startup portfolio and innovation services. Foster networks and relationships in Swiss and Japanese innovation ecosystems with a focus on entrepreneurship, science & technology and innovation. Assist Swiss entrepreneurs and accelerate Swiss startups interested in Japan with targeted programs and services. Build and grow relationships with top Swiss tech corporations to engage in services like scouting, (open) innovation, transformation processes, partnership development, outposts, and more.
  • Communications: Manage communication between partners, sponsors, and other project stakeholders. Update and manage activities and contacts in internal CRM system. Edit and prepare on- and offline content such as blogs or brochures and collaborate with communications for the promotion of startup/innovation events.
  • General Administration: Provide support to Consul/CEO. Help with general office tasks.
Requirements & Competences
  • Swiss or Japanese passport holder
  • MA/MS degree in Science/Engineering or Business/Economics (or equivalents) and strong competencies in the other
  • 2-6 years of professional experience in fields related to entrepreneurship and innovation. Superior knowledge of and networks in the Swiss and Japanese startup and innovation ecosystems.
  • Team-player with a high sense of responsibility, curiosity, and interest for a wide range of topics. Forward-thinking, flexible and self-starter. Strong organizational skills with a proactive, hands-on and pragmatic attitude.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment with serious attention to detail and a commitment to excellence.
  • Networker with the ability to thrive in an international, multicultural and interdisciplinary environment. Professional appearance and demeanor for the many contacts with high level individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds, positions, ranks and responsibilities.
  • Professional communication and writing skills in English and Japanese (sonkeigo proficiency required).
  • Strong enthusiasm and ability to work outside regular office hours when needed, mainly for events and visiting groups.
  • Strong computer skills (MS Office, GoogleApps, Zoho, Zoom, etc.). Proven experience with teams and project management
Benefits
  • A full-time position; start date adaptable.
  • Compensation commensurate with experience and responsibilities in a diplomatic setting (non-profit)
  • 20-day vacation, 16-day holidays and sick leave
  • Competitive benefit package including Social Insurance: a) Employee’s Pension Insurance, b) Health Insurance, c) Children’s Welfare Insurance (when applicable) and Labor Insurance: d) Workman’s Accident Compensation Insurance, e) Unemployment Insurance.
  • Continuing education possibilities. A platform to grow your leadership skills, professional experience, and network.
  • A multicultural, creative, inspiring, and team-oriented work environment with unlimited coffee and lots of Swiss chocolate
General Conditions
  • The conditions of employment are local (no expatriate contract).
  • Costs for accommodation and traveling are to be borne by the candidate and will not be covered or reimbursed by the employer.
Application

Did we raise your interest? Then we look forward to hearing more about you!

Send your full application to this LINK until September 15, 2021!

Your application must include the following documents:

  • Cover letter (letter of motivation) and CV
  • Copies of letters of reference, work certificates and university diplomas, including transcript of records

We will reply to incoming applications in due time. No phone call inquiries please.

More details will be shared in the process of the recruitment.

Apply now

Operations & Events Manager at Swissnex in Japan

Start November 1, 2021 or upon agreement

Workload           100%

Location             Consulate of Switzerland in Osaka – Swissnex in Japan

The new Consulate of Switzerland in Osaka is part of the global Swissnex network, which was founded on one simple idea: we connect the dots between Switzerland and the world in education, research, and innovation. Our mission is to provide a multi-faceted, transdisciplinary platform to facilitate international exchange in ideas, knowledge and talents. We operate on a non-profit, public-private partnership model, working closely with our extensive network of partners comprising of universities, research labs, innovators, startups, corporations and international organizations on fostering collaboration and ground-breaking innovation. We seek fearlessly innovative leaders and champions to generate collectively the very best outcomes in an international, highly dynamic, and most supportive team, working in a fast-paced, creative and collaborative ecosystem. The Operations & Events manager has a central role and makes sure everything works, seamlessly … and with a wow factor.

Responsibilities
  • Human Resources: Draft job descriptions, conduct interviews and manage recruitments. Onboarding and welcoming experience of new team members (incl. documentation, handbooks, processes, evaluation). Observe performances of and act as mentor to the team. Process and record HR data.
  • Accounting: Process payments and enter in the bookkeeping system. Preparation of regular financial reports and maintaining of cash controls & cost statements. Payment transactions and maintain accounts payable / receivable. Conduct year-end closure and assist on annual budget making.
  • Project Controlling: Monitor project requests, evaluate reporting and budgeting. Manage mandates and agreements with various partners and stakeholders and keep overview including deadlines. Ensure compliance with organizational handbook and regulations.
  • Communications: Establish and maintain social media channels and website with regular content. Produce promotional material in-house and/or with external supplier.
  • General Operations: Develop, optimize, and streamline operational processes; oversee and ensure efficient implementation within the team. Work proactively on lean, structural improvements and innovations.
  • Events & Hospitality: Ensure event logistics & production, smooth operations and flawless technology in coordination with project managers / external partners. This may include outsourcing certain tasks and hiring additional staffing (caterer, etc.). Maintain event-related equipment, systems, facilities, and inventories. Ensure a warm welcome for all visitors, follow registration protocols, maintain elegance for spaces, contribute to workplace innovation projects and handle community inquiries.
  • General Administration: Provide administrative support to Consul/CEO. Help with general office tasks, including data entry and maintenance in the CRM and file server, basic IT and infrastructure, archiving, risk management, calendaring and scheduling, mail & shipping, etc.
Requirements
  • Swiss or Japanese passport holder
  • BA/BS; MA/MS degree, in hospitality, international relations, government OR equivalent work experience in operations / events management
  • Language: Professional communication and writing skills in English and Japanese (sonkeigo proficiency required)
  • Working experience in either a leadership capacity, or at least one distinct role in any of following organizations: bilateral or multilateral international institutions, nonprofit organization or government, startup or small organization. Experience with accounting, event planning/hospitality, operations and/or logistics management.
  • Strong organizational and problem-solving skills: Proactive, hands-on, and pragmatic attitude to roll-up sleeves to ensure successful operations. Able to manage multiple projects in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment with serious attention to detail and cost effectiveness, and a commitment to excellence. Capable of thinking fast on your feet in sometimes stressful situations and responding quickly and professionally to the unexpected.
  • Technical: At ease with basic IT infrastructure and other office technology management. Strong computer skills (MS Office, GoogleApps, Zoho, Zoom, etc.). Proven experience with teams and project management
Competences
  • Learning Agility: Ability to think through problems from a fresh point of view and comfort with ambiguity and complexity. Willingness to challenge the “status quo.” Curiosity and passion for ideas. The successful candidate is passionate about being of service to the team to ensure that things work.
  • Adaptability: Responds resourcefully, flexibly, and positively when faced with new challenges, transitions, and demands. Willingly and effectively deals with the stress and complexities of various situations. Moves forward productively and optimistically under conditions of change and uncertainty.
  • Building relationships: Establishes and maintains strong relationships internally and externally. Relates well to management, colleagues, peers, and direct reports. Champions a caring culture of respect, diversity, and inclusion that values the unique talents, ideas, and experiences of all employees. Earns the respect of others through effective interpersonal skills, integrity, compassion, and authenticity.
  • Collaboration: Models and promotes collaboration and works effectively with others across the organization to achieve goals and global opportunities. Demonstrates proficient cross company communication, cultural sensitivity, and partnership in interactions with others. Involves others in decisions and plans and credits them for their contributions and accomplishments.
Benefits
  • A full-time position; start date adaptable.
  • Compensation commensurate with experience and responsibilities in a diplomatic setting (non-profit)
  • 20-day vacation, 16-day holidays and sick leave
  • Competitive benefit package including Social Insurance: a) Employee’s Pension Insurance, b) Health Insurance, c) Children’s Welfare Insurance (when applicable) and Labor Insurance: d) Workman’s Accident Compensation Insurance, e) Unemployment Insurance.
  • Continuing education possibilities. A platform to grow your leadership skills, professional experience, and network.
  • A multicultural, creative, inspiring, and team-oriented work environment with unlimited coffee and lots of Swiss chocolate
General Conditions
  • The conditions of employment are local (no expatriate contract).
  • Costs for accommodation and traveling are to be borne by the candidate and will not be covered or reimbursed by the employer.
Application

Did we raise your interest? Then we look forward to hearing more about you!

Send your full application to this LINK until September 15, 2021!

Your application must include the following documents:

  • Cover letter (letter of motivation) and CV
  • Copies of letters of reference, work certificates and university diplomas, including transcript of records

We will reply to incoming applications in due time. No phone call inquiries please.

More details will be shared in the process of the recruitment.

Apply now

Empa Director

The ETH Board is advertising the position of Empa director

As an interdisciplinary research institute of the ETH Domain, Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, conducts cutting-edge materials and technology research and develops innovative solutions to meet the key challenges facing industry and society. Empa has research facilities in Dubendorf, St. Gallen and Thun (Switzerland) and employs over 1000 staff.

The ETH Board is the strategic management and supervisory body of the ETH Domain, which also includes ETH Zurich, EPFL and three further federal research institutes: PSI, WSL and Eawag. Due to the upcoming retirement of Empa‘s current director, the ETH Board is advertising the position of Empa Director in line with its mandate.

The ETH Board is responsible for proposing a candidate for this position to the Swiss Federal Council. It is planned that the person appointed will hold a joint
professorship at ETH Zurich and EPFL.

Requirements
You are an internationally renowned leader with a broad scientific background, a recognised scientific record in materials science and technology, and a deep understanding of their impact on sustainable solutions in areas in which Empa is active. You are experienced in managing a public or private research-oriented institution, a large research group, or large interdisciplinary projects. You have experience working in or with industry and in translating scientific knowledge into innovation and applied technologies through demonstration platforms or spin-offs, or together with private companies, public authorities or practitioners. You are respected by industry leaders and will continue to develop Empa’s bridging function between research and application. You are a dynamic, widely interested personality and show a strong interest in collaborating with other research institutions, in particular with institutions of the ETH Domain. You are interested in joining forces with other actors in the ETH Domain to strengthen its
ability to dynamically respond to new challenges and perform mission-driven, impact-oriented research. To that end, your ability to lead and inspire change is a prerequisite. You have strong leadership, interpersonal and communication skills and have proven your ability to interact with the public, the academic world and industry. You have a track record in empowering your team members and collaboration partners and in promoting an inclusive and ethical work environment. Your familiarity with the Swiss and European political and legislative processes, your international experience and a good understanding of Switzerland’s cultural diversity are an asset to successfully interacting with the various stakeholders, which is supported by your command of German, French and English.

Applications
Please send your complete application to [email protected] by 15 September 2021. Empa is an equal opportunity and family-friendly employer, values diversity, strives to increase the number of women in leadership positions, and is responsive to the needs of dual career couples. The President of the ETH Board, Prof. Michael O. Hengartner, will be pleased to provide additional information ([email protected], phone +41 58 856 86 01).

Apply now

Startup & Innovation Project Manager

Swissnex in Brazil: Connecting Tomorrow in Science, Education and Innovation

Swissnex’s mission in Brazil is to nurture the Swiss innovation ecosystem with ideas, concepts and contacts to help Switzerland maintain and strengthen its competitive edge. We foster dialogue and enable collaboration among opinion leaders, researchers and practitioners in education, science and innovation between Brazil and Switzerland. Structured as a public-private venture, Swissnex works with sector partners, sponsors and donors who are equally committed to furthering Switzerland’s leading position as an innovation nation, under the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) scope of work.

Job Description

Swissnex is looking for a dynamic Start-ups & Innovation Project Manager based in São Paulo with experience in working with startups and innovation for its multi-faceted, transdisciplinary, creative and international activities.
As one of the members of the Swissnex team, you are expected to take full ownership for accomplishing different requests and projects from Swiss and Brazilian stakeholders; to identify and explore opportunities to shape a sustainable portfolio of future activities, and to expand and deepen our relationships with Brazilian and Swiss partners.
Our office infrastructure enables hosting different kinds of activities as well as welcoming residents to explore opportunities in Brazil. You will get the opportunity to be part of a creative, international and innovative venture with a special focus on projects in entrepreneurship and innovation; interact and collaborate with high-level representatives of both Switzerland and Brazil; expand your skills and update your professional knowledge.

Key Responsibilities

Reactively and proactively work with the CEO of Swissnex in Brazil and the core team to accomplish tasks and respond to requests; take full ownership of the professional implementation of projects; take a leading role in projects; and contribute new ideas and initiatives to further Swissnex’s unique mission and objectives.
The Start-ups & Innovation Project Manager is a hands-on connector and startup coach with a passion for entrepreneurship and a high level of curiosity for new technologies. The position reports directly to the CEO and, in close coordination with the São Paulo Office, has the following primary responsibilities:
Startups & Innovation Projects: take a leading role in further expanding activities and services geared towards startups and innovation actors;
Networking & ‘Connecting the dots’: proactively reach out to relevant contacts, stakeholders, and act as a connector between people and ideas;
Partnership Development: identify locations and form lasting partnerships with leading local institutions for São Paulo-based projects;
Event Planning & Management: planning, implementation and evaluation of events, training and delegation visits with a focus on innovation/entrepreneurship;
Research: on- and offline research on specific themes as requested by stakeholders.

Startups & Innovation Projects

Conduct the Innosuisse Market Entry Program in Brazil: identify and manage Swiss technology and science-based startup pipeline in close coordination with the Rio de Janeiro Office team. Build a strong network of local coaches and partners, implement the program including communications, reach out, logistics, reporting, etc. Support any other activities related to the implementation of the Innosuisse Market Entry Camp in Brazil, collaborate and exchange with other Swissnex Global Offices project managers;
Support the planning and implementation of the Academia Industry Training (AIT) program in Rio de Janeiro & São Paulo;
Advise Swiss technology and science-based startups regarding Brazilian market activities/opportunities;
Organize individual and group startup camps;
Identify and consult on opportunities for startups and innovative companies, including responding to requests from startups interested in entering the Swiss / Brazilian market
Develop residency/training program for Swiss startups coming to Brazil, including the definition of target groups, partners, budget, funding sources, etc.

‘Connecting the dots’ & Networking

Build local know-how and trusted relationships with prime local representatives of science, technology, innovation and business;
Maintain a strong network in the São Paulo’s startup and innovation ecosystems and in Switzerland;
Attend and host meetings, events and conferences as a Swissnex representative, and share contacts, findings and learnings with the Swissnex team in Brazil;
Reactively and proactively promote collaboration between people and organizations in Switzerland and Brazil.

Partnership Development

Identify and onboard leading, value-adding local partners for projects in general;
Identify and onboard key opinion leaders, experts, mentors, coaches, speakers and partners for the Academia-Industry Training (AIT) and Innosuisse Market Entry Program;
Proactively identify and pursue opportunities with Swiss partners in close coordination with HQ in Switzerland.

Event Planning & Management

Conduct research and brainstorm for events in close collaboration with the Swissnex team: identify and contact potential speakers; identify and secure high-visibility event locations; identify funding sources; draft funding requests and pitch projects to potential funding partners;
Organize visits and delegations (multi-day group visits to São Paulo);
Implement events including communications, reach out to guests, logistics, reporting, etc.

Research

Assist in conducting on and offline research and write reports on science, technology and innovation topics as defined in collaboration with HQ and/or stakeholders;
Conduct fact-finding missions and market survey/research for specific sectors in Brazil which are relevant for Swiss technology and science-based startups;
Continuously follow developments trends in the entrepreneurship and innovation landscapes in Brazil and Switzerland;

What we look for in a candidate

Background / Experience
Degree in Engineering, Exact Sciences, Business, Economics, International Relations or related areas;
1 – 2 years of startup related work experience;
International experience (Swiss experience is a plus);
Experience in working with many different stakeholders/managing complex requests;
Experience in managing projects and/or programs;
Familiarity with the Swiss and São Paulo’s startup ecosystems (proven network of relevant contacts, including startup related contacts, in the São Paulo region is a plus).

Skills
Excellent people, communication (verbal and written) and organizational skills;
Excellent team-oriented working skills;
Proven organizational skills and ability to multitask;
Solid time management and ability to prioritize;
Professional mastery (reading and speaking) of Portuguese and English language;
Proficiency with at least one (1) Swiss national language is strongly preferred.

General / Personality
Outgoing, communicative; avid networker and connector;
Responsive, service-oriented, reliable;
Transdisciplinary mindset/systems thinking;
Can-do attitude and self-starter with the capacity to handle uncertainty and launch new projects;
Independent, self-motivated, hands-on, proactive, creative, resourceful;
Ability to work outside of regular office hours when needed (for events and delegations);
Passion for entrepreneurship and a high level of curiosity for new technologies;
Dedication to further Swiss excellence in science, education and innovation.

Additional Information

This is a 100% position; ideal starting date: based on contract signature;
Brazilian non-profit salary levels and local regulations apply;
Only applications from Brazilian nationals and Swiss holders of a work permit in Brazil (Carteira de Trabalho) will be considered;
Fluency in Portuguese and good familiarity with Brazil is required;
The position requires flexible work hours, including some evenings and weekends.

Apply now

Entrepreneurship Program Officer

Entrepreneurship Program Officer

Status: Full-time

Start Date: January 17th, 2022

Reports to: Head of Entrepreneurship

About Swissnex 

Swissnex is the Swiss global network connecting the dots in education, research, and innovation. Our impact is centered around empowering next generation innovators to become changemakers by connecting talents and expertise from Switzerland, North America and the world. The Swissnex global network consists of six locations and outposts established in the world’s most innovative hubs. We contribute to strengthening Switzerland’s profile as a world-leading innovation hotspot. 

For over a decade, Swissnex has partnered with Innosuisse to help the most promising startups from Switzerland sharpen their entrepreneurial mindset, skills and networks to successfully establish a foothold in the US market. The program has actively supported the development and internationalization efforts of some of the most successful Swiss startups, including Mindmaze, Dacuda, Doodle, Beekeeper and Ava. We also work with Swiss universities and Swiss-based support organizations to complement and expand their offerings.

Position Summary

We are looking for an Entrepreneurship Program Officer (EPO) to manage and scale our startup programs and to be our in-house expert on all things entrepreneurship. The ideal candidate will be passionate about technology and innovation, forward-thinking, impact oriented, entrepreneurial and a solid networker and have experience working for/with startups and the SF Bay Area startup ecosystem. The EPO will be responsible for the successful execution of our entrepreneurship programs and support in designing and building new programs.

Key Responsibilities 

STARTUP PROGRAMS MANAGEMENT (40%)

  • Lead project management for entrepreneurship programs
  • Scouting and pipeline management of qualified participants for startup programs 
  • Manage Innosuisse startup application process and liaise with Innosuisse, including supporting global coordination of Innosuisse startup services
  • Liaise with subject matter experts and Silicon Valley network to arrange sessions and visits during programs and increase visibility for programs and events 
  • Main point of contact for all startup related inquiries
  • Ensure high quality of startup services and track feedback and success of alumni
  • Support design of new programs and continuous improvement of existing ones

STARTUP PROGRAM OPS/ADMIN/COMMS SUPPORT (40%)

  • Ensure accurate documentation of Innosuisse startup programs 
  • Steer communication, marketing and engagement with and about future, present and past program participants and the overall ecosystem in coordination with our communications team
  • Collaborate with operations teams to ensure smooth communication and execution of startup programs (lead for content and format)
  • Push and propose continuous improvement of these processes

NETWORK DEVELOPMENT & GENERAL SUPPORT (20%)

  • Proactively expand the network for startup support (through engagement with the Swiss and US startup ecosystems) and for all of Swissnex’s activities 
  • Benchmarking for new and existing programs 
  • Support entrepreneurship team with other administrative duties, as assigned
  • Support in building a global startup community

Our ideal candidate 

  • 1 to 2 years’ relevant professional experience, ideally working within the Silicon Valley startup ecosystem
  • First Experience leading projects and using project management tools
  • Experience with basic marketing, content development, and event planning is a plus
  • Experience in building and maintaining a community is a plus
  • Excellent English language and communications skills
  • Proactive problem solver and team player with a growth mindset and positive attitude
  • Passionate about entrepreneurship, the impact it can create and connecting people
  • Willingness to experiment and go the extra mile 
  • Reliable “doer” with the ability to follow processes where necessary
  • Ability to deal with uncertainty and thrive in a fast-paced, creative, and fluid work environment
  • Bonus: has connection to Switzerland / a network within the Swiss startup ecosystem 

What we offer

  • Collaborate with interesting internal and external partners in the fields of science, education, art and innovation in both the SF Bay Area and Switzerland
  • Opportunity for professional growth, both lateral and vertical
  • Attend regular free events and programs, weekly community lunches, and optional workout sessions and have access to professional development opportunities
  • The chance to work with an experimental, engaged, and strengths-based team that is guided by the following principles: We are curious. We value people. We take action. 
  • Non-profit and entry-level compensation range depends on background and country of residence for tax purposes. Benefits include: 4 weeks’ vacation, 12+ annual holidays, sick leave, medical insurance. Swiss employees receive a diplomatic visa and continue to pay into the Swiss benefits system.

Ready to apply? 

  • To be considered, you must apply through this link and include in your application both your resume (CV) and a cover letter detailing your qualifications and interest in the position. 
    Very important: due to our legal status as an annex of the Swiss Consulate, we can only hire Swiss citizens or residents or U.S. citizens or residents. There can be no exceptions. 

Apply soon. Deadline to apply is September 30, 2021

Apply now

Startup & Innovation Project Manager

Swissnex in Brazil: Connecting Tomorrow in Science, Education and Innovation

Swissnex’s mission in Brazil is to nurture the Swiss innovation ecosystem with ideas, concepts and contacts to help Switzerland maintain and strengthen its competitive edge. We foster dialogue and enable collaboration among opinion leaders, researchers and practitioners in education, science and innovation between Brazil and Switzerland. Structured as a public-private venture, Swissnex works with sector partners, sponsors and donors who are equally committed to furthering Switzerland’s leading position as an innovation nation, under the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) scope of work.

Job Description

Swissnex is looking for a dynamic Start-ups & Innovation Project Manager based in São Paulo with experience in working with startups and innovation for its multi-faceted, transdisciplinary, creative and international activities.
As one of the members of the Swissnex team, you are expected to take full ownership for accomplishing different requests and projects from Swiss and Brazilian stakeholders; to identify and explore opportunities to shape a sustainable portfolio of future activities, and to expand and deepen our relationships with Brazilian and Swiss partners.
Our office infrastructure enables hosting different kinds of activities as well as welcoming residents to explore opportunities in Brazil. You will get the opportunity to be part of a creative, international and innovative venture with a special focus on projects in entrepreneurship and innovation; interact and collaborate with high-level representatives of both Switzerland and Brazil; expand your skills and update your professional knowledge.

Key Responsibilities

Reactively and proactively work with the CEO of Swissnex in Brazil and the core team to accomplish tasks and respond to requests; take full ownership of the professional implementation of projects; take a leading role in projects; and contribute new ideas and initiatives to further Swissnex’s unique mission and objectives.
The Start-ups & Innovation Project Manager is a hands-on connector and startup coach with a passion for entrepreneurship and a high level of curiosity for new technologies. The position reports directly to the CEO and, in close coordination with the São Paulo Office, has the following primary responsibilities:
Startups & Innovation Projects: take a leading role in further expanding activities and services geared towards startups and innovation actors;
Networking & ‘Connecting the dots’: proactively reach out to relevant contacts, stakeholders, and act as a connector between people and ideas;
Partnership Development: identify locations and form lasting partnerships with leading local institutions for São Paulo-based projects;
Event Planning & Management: planning, implementation and evaluation of events, training and delegation visits with a focus on innovation/entrepreneurship;
Research: on- and offline research on specific themes as requested by stakeholders.

Startups & Innovation Projects

Conduct the Innosuisse Market Entry Program in Brazil: identify and manage Swiss technology and science-based startup pipeline in close coordination with the Rio de Janeiro Office team. Build a strong network of local coaches and partners, implement the program including communications, reach out, logistics, reporting, etc. Support any other activities related to the implementation of the Innosuisse Market Entry Camp in Brazil, collaborate and exchange with other Swissnex Global Offices project managers;
Support the planning and implementation of the Academia Industry Training (AIT) program in Rio de Janeiro & São Paulo;
Advise Swiss technology and science-based startups regarding Brazilian market activities/opportunities;
Organize individual and group startup camps;
Identify and consult on opportunities for startups and innovative companies, including responding to requests from startups interested in entering the Swiss / Brazilian market
Develop residency/training program for Swiss startups coming to Brazil, including the definition of target groups, partners, budget, funding sources, etc.

‘Connecting the dots’ & Networking

Build local know-how and trusted relationships with prime local representatives of science, technology, innovation and business;
Maintain a strong network in the São Paulo’s startup and innovation ecosystems and in Switzerland;
Attend and host meetings, events and conferences as a Swissnex representative, and share contacts, findings and learnings with the Swissnex team in Brazil;
Reactively and proactively promote collaboration between people and organizations in Switzerland and Brazil.

Partnership Development

Identify and onboard leading, value-adding local partners for projects in general;
Identify and onboard key opinion leaders, experts, mentors, coaches, speakers and partners for the Academia-Industry Training (AIT) and Innosuisse Market Entry Program;
Proactively identify and pursue opportunities with Swiss partners in close coordination with HQ in Switzerland.

Event Planning & Management

Conduct research and brainstorm for events in close collaboration with the Swissnex team: identify and contact potential speakers; identify and secure high-visibility event locations; identify funding sources; draft funding requests and pitch projects to potential funding partners;
Organize visits and delegations (multi-day group visits to São Paulo);
Implement events including communications, reach out to guests, logistics, reporting, etc.

Research

Assist in conducting on and offline research and write reports on science, technology and innovation topics as defined in collaboration with HQ and/or stakeholders;
Conduct fact-finding missions and market survey/research for specific sectors in Brazil which are relevant for Swiss technology and science-based startups;
Continuously follow developments trends in the entrepreneurship and innovation landscapes in Brazil and Switzerland;

What we look for in a candidate

Background / Experience
Degree in Engineering, Exact Sciences, Business, Economics, International Relations or related areas;
1 – 2 years of startup related work experience;
International experience (Swiss experience is a plus);
Experience in working with many different stakeholders/managing complex requests;
Experience in managing projects and/or programs;
Familiarity with the Swiss and São Paulo’s startup ecosystems (proven network of relevant contacts, including startup related contacts, in the São Paulo region is a plus).

Skills
Excellent people, communication (verbal and written) and organizational skills;
Excellent team-oriented working skills;
Proven organizational skills and ability to multitask;
Solid time management and ability to prioritize;
Professional mastery (reading and speaking) of Portuguese and English language;
Proficiency with at least one (1) Swiss national language is strongly preferred.

General / Personality
Outgoing, communicative; avid networker and connector;
Responsive, service-oriented, reliable;
Transdisciplinary mindset/systems thinking;
Can-do attitude and self-starter with the capacity to handle uncertainty and launch new projects;
Independent, self-motivated, hands-on, proactive, creative, resourceful;
Ability to work outside of regular office hours when needed (for events and delegations);
Passion for entrepreneurship and a high level of curiosity for new technologies;
Dedication to further Swiss excellence in science, education and innovation.

Additional Information

This is a 100% position; ideal starting date: based on contract signature;
Brazilian non-profit salary levels and local regulations apply;
Only applications from Brazilian nationals and Swiss holders of a work permit in Brazil (Carteira de Trabalho) will be considered;
Fluency in Portuguese and good familiarity with Brazil is required;
The position requires flexible work hours, including some evenings and weekends.

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Open Application

We’re always looking for talented people to join the Swissnex in China team.

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Innovation & Startup Manager at Swissnex in Japan

Start November 1, 2021 or upon agreement

Workload           100%

Location             Consulate of Switzerland in Osaka – Swissnex in Japan

The new Consulate of Switzerland in Osaka is part of the global Swissnex network, which was founded on one simple idea: we connect the dots between Switzerland and the world in education, research, and innovation. Our mission is to provide a multi-faceted, transdisciplinary platform to facilitate international exchange in ideas, knowledge and talents. We operate on a non-profit, public-private partnership model, working closely with our extensive network of partners comprising of universities, research labs, innovators, startups, corporations and international organizations on fostering collaboration and ground-breaking innovation. We seek fearlessly innovative leaders and champions to generate collectively the very best outcomes in an international, highly dynamic, and most supportive team, working in a fast-paced, creative and collaborative ecosystem. The Innovation & Startup manager has a key role and scans for trends and “signals from the future” … with a wow factor.

Innovation & Startup Services: Our relevance depends on its capacity to observe and analyze innovation and trends across disciplines like higher education, research and innovation. The scouted information feeds on one hand all our activities, and on the other is translated into meaningful and actionable research and output for our partners and stakeholders (“Innovation Services”). Formats include reporting, seminars, public events, discovery expeditions, strategic partnerships and more, all the way to supporting partner innovation outposts and working synergistically with them. Startup Services include several initiatives targeting Switzerland’s startup ecosystem, fostering its competitivity and internationalization. A wide range of actors create this ecosystem: from entrepreneurially minded students to university spin-offs to seasoned serial entrepreneurs to investors, from publicly supported initiatives to private ventures including all types of incubation and acceleration platforms, as well as service providers.

Responsibilities
  • Project Management: Organization and coordination of startup, innovation and technology related activities and events, including project management, fundraising and logistics. Design and implement in-house and external startup and entrepreneurship projects, events, conferences, workshops, fairs, delegation visits and support startups during their involvement in projects such as the Innosuisse Internalization Camps, Swisstech or Venture Leaders.
  • Research & Trend Scouting: Conduct research on specific topics which are of relevance to startups and/or innovation mandates. Identify new trends and developments in the fields of innovation and technology. Research and report on innovation-related topics of interest to our partners and stakeholders. Facilitate knowledge transfer between Switzerland and Japan. Translate acquired knowledge into expertise to strengthen our services, relevance and visibility.
  • Innovation & Startup Portfolio: Devise and implement strategies to strengthen and diversify startup portfolio and innovation services. Foster networks and relationships in Swiss and Japanese innovation ecosystems with a focus on entrepreneurship, science & technology and innovation. Assist Swiss entrepreneurs and accelerate Swiss startups interested in Japan with targeted programs and services. Build and grow relationships with top Swiss tech corporations to engage in services like scouting, (open) innovation, transformation processes, partnership development, outposts, and more.
  • Communications: Manage communication between partners, sponsors, and other project stakeholders. Update and manage activities and contacts in internal CRM system. Edit and prepare on- and offline content such as blogs or brochures and collaborate with communications for the promotion of startup/innovation events.
  • General Administration: Provide support to Consul/CEO. Help with general office tasks.
Requirements & Competences
  • Swiss or Japanese passport holder
  • MA/MS degree in Science/Engineering or Business/Economics (or equivalents) and strong competencies in the other
  • 2-6 years of professional experience in fields related to entrepreneurship and innovation. Superior knowledge of and networks in the Swiss and Japanese startup and innovation ecosystems.
  • Team-player with a high sense of responsibility, curiosity, and interest for a wide range of topics. Forward-thinking, flexible and self-starter. Strong organizational skills with a proactive, hands-on and pragmatic attitude.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment with serious attention to detail and a commitment to excellence.
  • Networker with the ability to thrive in an international, multicultural and interdisciplinary environment. Professional appearance and demeanor for the many contacts with high level individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds, positions, ranks and responsibilities.
  • Professional communication and writing skills in English and Japanese (sonkeigo proficiency required).
  • Strong enthusiasm and ability to work outside regular office hours when needed, mainly for events and visiting groups.
  • Strong computer skills (MS Office, GoogleApps, Zoho, Zoom, etc.). Proven experience with teams and project management
Benefits
  • A full-time position; start date adaptable.
  • Compensation commensurate with experience and responsibilities in a diplomatic setting (non-profit)
  • 20-day vacation, 16-day holidays and sick leave
  • Competitive benefit package including Social Insurance: a) Employee’s Pension Insurance, b) Health Insurance, c) Children’s Welfare Insurance (when applicable) and Labor Insurance: d) Workman’s Accident Compensation Insurance, e) Unemployment Insurance.
  • Continuing education possibilities. A platform to grow your leadership skills, professional experience, and network.
  • A multicultural, creative, inspiring, and team-oriented work environment with unlimited coffee and lots of Swiss chocolate
General Conditions
  • The conditions of employment are local (no expatriate contract).
  • Costs for accommodation and traveling are to be borne by the candidate and will not be covered or reimbursed by the employer.
Application

Did we raise your interest? Then we look forward to hearing more about you!

Send your full application to this LINK until September 15, 2021!

Your application must include the following documents:

  • Cover letter (letter of motivation) and CV
  • Copies of letters of reference, work certificates and university diplomas, including transcript of records

We will reply to incoming applications in due time. No phone call inquiries please.

More details will be shared in the process of the recruitment.

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Operations & Events Manager at Swissnex in Japan

Start November 1, 2021 or upon agreement

Workload           100%

Location             Consulate of Switzerland in Osaka – Swissnex in Japan

The new Consulate of Switzerland in Osaka is part of the global Swissnex network, which was founded on one simple idea: we connect the dots between Switzerland and the world in education, research, and innovation. Our mission is to provide a multi-faceted, transdisciplinary platform to facilitate international exchange in ideas, knowledge and talents. We operate on a non-profit, public-private partnership model, working closely with our extensive network of partners comprising of universities, research labs, innovators, startups, corporations and international organizations on fostering collaboration and ground-breaking innovation. We seek fearlessly innovative leaders and champions to generate collectively the very best outcomes in an international, highly dynamic, and most supportive team, working in a fast-paced, creative and collaborative ecosystem. The Operations & Events manager has a central role and makes sure everything works, seamlessly … and with a wow factor.

Responsibilities
  • Human Resources: Draft job descriptions, conduct interviews and manage recruitments. Onboarding and welcoming experience of new team members (incl. documentation, handbooks, processes, evaluation). Observe performances of and act as mentor to the team. Process and record HR data.
  • Accounting: Process payments and enter in the bookkeeping system. Preparation of regular financial reports and maintaining of cash controls & cost statements. Payment transactions and maintain accounts payable / receivable. Conduct year-end closure and assist on annual budget making.
  • Project Controlling: Monitor project requests, evaluate reporting and budgeting. Manage mandates and agreements with various partners and stakeholders and keep overview including deadlines. Ensure compliance with organizational handbook and regulations.
  • Communications: Establish and maintain social media channels and website with regular content. Produce promotional material in-house and/or with external supplier.
  • General Operations: Develop, optimize, and streamline operational processes; oversee and ensure efficient implementation within the team. Work proactively on lean, structural improvements and innovations.
  • Events & Hospitality: Ensure event logistics & production, smooth operations and flawless technology in coordination with project managers / external partners. This may include outsourcing certain tasks and hiring additional staffing (caterer, etc.). Maintain event-related equipment, systems, facilities, and inventories. Ensure a warm welcome for all visitors, follow registration protocols, maintain elegance for spaces, contribute to workplace innovation projects and handle community inquiries.
  • General Administration: Provide administrative support to Consul/CEO. Help with general office tasks, including data entry and maintenance in the CRM and file server, basic IT and infrastructure, archiving, risk management, calendaring and scheduling, mail & shipping, etc.
Requirements
  • Swiss or Japanese passport holder
  • BA/BS; MA/MS degree, in hospitality, international relations, government OR equivalent work experience in operations / events management
  • Language: Professional communication and writing skills in English and Japanese (sonkeigo proficiency required)
  • Working experience in either a leadership capacity, or at least one distinct role in any of following organizations: bilateral or multilateral international institutions, nonprofit organization or government, startup or small organization. Experience with accounting, event planning/hospitality, operations and/or logistics management.
  • Strong organizational and problem-solving skills: Proactive, hands-on, and pragmatic attitude to roll-up sleeves to ensure successful operations. Able to manage multiple projects in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment with serious attention to detail and cost effectiveness, and a commitment to excellence. Capable of thinking fast on your feet in sometimes stressful situations and responding quickly and professionally to the unexpected.
  • Technical: At ease with basic IT infrastructure and other office technology management. Strong computer skills (MS Office, GoogleApps, Zoho, Zoom, etc.). Proven experience with teams and project management
Competences
  • Learning Agility: Ability to think through problems from a fresh point of view and comfort with ambiguity and complexity. Willingness to challenge the “status quo.” Curiosity and passion for ideas. The successful candidate is passionate about being of service to the team to ensure that things work.
  • Adaptability: Responds resourcefully, flexibly, and positively when faced with new challenges, transitions, and demands. Willingly and effectively deals with the stress and complexities of various situations. Moves forward productively and optimistically under conditions of change and uncertainty.
  • Building relationships: Establishes and maintains strong relationships internally and externally. Relates well to management, colleagues, peers, and direct reports. Champions a caring culture of respect, diversity, and inclusion that values the unique talents, ideas, and experiences of all employees. Earns the respect of others through effective interpersonal skills, integrity, compassion, and authenticity.
  • Collaboration: Models and promotes collaboration and works effectively with others across the organization to achieve goals and global opportunities. Demonstrates proficient cross company communication, cultural sensitivity, and partnership in interactions with others. Involves others in decisions and plans and credits them for their contributions and accomplishments.
Benefits
  • A full-time position; start date adaptable.
  • Compensation commensurate with experience and responsibilities in a diplomatic setting (non-profit)
  • 20-day vacation, 16-day holidays and sick leave
  • Competitive benefit package including Social Insurance: a) Employee’s Pension Insurance, b) Health Insurance, c) Children’s Welfare Insurance (when applicable) and Labor Insurance: d) Workman’s Accident Compensation Insurance, e) Unemployment Insurance.
  • Continuing education possibilities. A platform to grow your leadership skills, professional experience, and network.
  • A multicultural, creative, inspiring, and team-oriented work environment with unlimited coffee and lots of Swiss chocolate
General Conditions
  • The conditions of employment are local (no expatriate contract).
  • Costs for accommodation and traveling are to be borne by the candidate and will not be covered or reimbursed by the employer.
Application

Did we raise your interest? Then we look forward to hearing more about you!

Send your full application to this LINK until September 15, 2021!

Your application must include the following documents:

  • Cover letter (letter of motivation) and CV
  • Copies of letters of reference, work certificates and university diplomas, including transcript of records

We will reply to incoming applications in due time. No phone call inquiries please.

More details will be shared in the process of the recruitment.

Apply now
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