Acting Director (maternity leave replacement)

Salary Competitive

Want a front seat in the health startup world, and have an impact on how the scene will develop in Finland? Upgraded - Health Startup Association is looking for an Acting Director (maternity leave replacement) that will have a key role in running and developing the activities of the organisation. We strive to make Finland the best place for health startups, and we want to support the creation of meaningful health innovations that help people to live healthier lives.

What do we offer?

  • A versatile job where your main role is to run and develop the activities of the association and deliver results to serve health startups and other industry players in the best way.

  • The opportunity of having a real input on the activities and the development of the organization

  • Amazing opportunity to develop your networks in the sector – we deal with the whole ecosystem ranging from startups, corporates, public sector to hospitals. Both nationally and internationally.

  • Opportunity to build and develop Health100, the association’s main event of the year.

  • Office at the largest startup hub in the Nordics, Maria 01 in Helsinki.

  • Flexible working hours and the possibility for remote work.

Tasks include:

  • Responsibility for running the activities of the association and for delivering value to our startup members and other collaborators.

  • Being the key representative of the association.

  • Business development, looking for and guaranteeing the flow of new projects that match the association’s vision.

  • Administrative tasks including e.g. budgeting, reporting, HR.


  • Full-time job (flexible hours)

  • The contract is for a fixed 6 months term, with the possibility of extending it to 12 months and more. Possibility to continue in the team as a senior team member beyond the maternity leave replacement period.

  • Office in Helsinki

Qualifications needed :

  • Entrepreneurial mindset - open and positive attitude and hunger to learn more.

  • Skills in project management, making sure that multiple simultaneous projects are proceeding according to the project timeline

  • Strong English and Finnish

  • Great communication skills in writing and speaking

  • Experience of a leadership position, budgeting and strategic planning. Experience from health and/or startup field is a plus

  • Strong ability to prioritise and work under pressure.

  • Excellent social skills and the ability to deal with multiple stakeholders, and to understand their needs and wishes.

  • Willingness to do also “small tasks” that come alongside when working in a small team. One moment you might be shaking hands with a minister, while the next you need to update the website.

  • Flexibility in working hours – some periods will be more intensive than others.

Upgraded is a non-profit association for health & wellbeing startups and innovations in Finland, founded in 2012. We are an active community of over 60 health startup members and dozens of partners and other friends. Our goal is to make sure that startup innovations have an established role in society as a source of health and wellbeing solutions. No good health innovation should be lost due to the lack of knowledge about it.


Deadline: Apply by 29th November or, as soon as possible.

The positions are filled immediately when suitable people are found.

For more information or questions please contact us at or phone number +358503698833

Perks and benefits

This job comes with several perks and benefits

Flexible working hours
Flexible working hours

Time is precious. Make it count. Morning person or night owl, this job is for you.

Near public transit
Near public transit

Easy access and treehugger friendly workplace.

Social gatherings
Social gatherings

Social gatherings and games; hang out with your colleagues.

Healthcare insurance
Healthcare insurance

Break a leg! Seriously, we got you covered in our company healthcare plan.

Free coffee / tea
Free coffee / tea

Get your caffeine fix to get you started and keep you going.

Remote work allowed
Remote work allowed

You know how you perform best. Work from your couch, your favorite cafe or abroad when you feel like it.

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Upgraded* - Health Startup Association of Finland

Non-profit association for health & wellbeing startups and innovations. Our goal is to make sure that startup innovations have an established role in the society as a source of health & wellbeing solutions. We help startups stand out by making their solutions visible and finding the right connections. No good health innovation should be lost due to the lack of knowledge about it.

Read more about Upgraded* - Health Startup Association of Finland

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