Combient Foundry launched in 2018, with KONE and Stora Enso, to speed up industrial-grade innovation by working with startups in a way that creates real value for all parties. Since then, we’ve expanded our alliance of like-minded global brands to include Atlas Copco, Scania, Husqvarna Group, Autoliv and Epiroc. We work with some of the most capable startup founders on industry-pressing, even globally critical challenges, such as reducing waste and energy-consumption, and development of autonomous vehicles, robotics, and logistics solutions to build the next one hundred years of industries.
We are now looking for the brightest, entrepreneurial-minded students to join our exciting journey as Venture Client interns.
As a Venture Client intern, you’ll be working at the intersection of ambitious startup founders and business development teams of leading industrial brands. You’ll get to learn:
[i] what the cutting-edge solutions in the world are and how the top-tier startups stand out in the crowd,
[ii] what industry-leading companies are looking to solve now and in the future, and
[iii] how large companies and startups work together to decrease time-to-market.
You will be responsible for designing and executing startup market analysis, analyzing startup deal flow, synthesizing startup scouting results, and participating in internal business development initiatives.
We welcome brilliant individuals with varying educational backgrounds, hunger to learn fast, and capability of stellar execution. Here's what we value important:
Our ideal intern candidate is doing their master's program, or is on the last leg of their bachelor studies
We value a proactive problem-solving mindset, a sense of ownership, and an entrepreneurial drive to get things done.
In our daily work, we value an optimistic attitude with a mind for deep analysis.
When it comes to your life outside working hours, we make sure you can take time for what is important for you. You might even find a colleague sharing the same passion or get to teach us something new.
This internship begins preferably in January 2023 and lasts until end of May. This can be a full-time or part-time (minimum of 60%) internship with flexibility in terms of working hours. Our Helsinki office is located at Bulevardi 44, next to Sinebrychoff Park.
What to expect from our interview process?
We look for people driven by innovation and entrepreneurial mindset, ready to be part of uncertain and circuitous industry-wide transformations. We are welcoming interns with all backgrounds and pursue the following framework for all candidates:
Do not hide your true self in your application. We are here to get to know you. Send us your CV, study transcripts and cover letter, in English, by October 2nd. If you are wondering what to write in your cover letter, we encourage you to at least tell us:
In your opinion, what main benefits industrial corporations get from utilising external innovation?
Why are you interested in external innovation (that is, the corporate & startup space)? What would you like to learn during your internship at Foundry?
Describe a situation where you had to take initiative on something - how did you get others on board? What did you do as the main driver of the initiative? How did you overcome possible obstacles?
2.Round of interviews
In this stage, you will have a chance to meet two of our team members in 30 min interviews each. Just like your application, the rest of the interview process will be conducted in English.
In the first interview, we will present Combient Foundry to you and let you ask all the questions you might have. We will ask questions from you regarding your previous experience at work, expectations from the internship and future aspirations.
In the second interview, let’s discuss open innovation and venture clientships. Together we will conclude your best understanding of Foundry’s Venture Client - cycle, its stages and main goals during each step. This stage includes a short case-type of discussion.
We will provide you with a 1-page description of Combient Foundry in text format. Based on the provided information, we will ask you to prepare a 3-slide presentation deck and a 3-minute-long pitch to be presented in the second round of the interview. More information will be provided at that stage, but this should not take more than 3 hours.
In the final round, you will have a chance to speak with the Head of Foundry, Lauri Lehtovuori, in a 30 min interview. He will be eager to listen to your 3-minute pitch prepared as your “Homework”.
In case of any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the recruiting responsible Martyna Kosmala, martyna.kosmala[at]combient.com
This job comes with several perks and benefits
Get your caffeine fix to get you started and keep you going.
Peckish after lunch? We got your back with soft drinks, treats and fruit.
Your local office is your anchor point, thus, we placed it centrally at your convenience.
Carve out time for your kids, friends and personal cider projects.
Metropolitists, beach boys and mountaineers we salute you and pay you to go and explore the world.
Time is precious. Make it count. Morning person or night owl, this job is for you.