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Chief Executive Officer

Salary Competitive

Maria 01 has grown to be one of the most relevant startup ecosystem players in the Nordic region. Located in a beautiful old hospital in central Helsinki, Maria 01 houses over 180 startups, 13 venture capital funds, and other ecosystem supporters, with around 1500 international individual members working full-time on tech and startups. 

Maria 01 is an international community, awarded the Internationalization Price by The President of the Republic of Finland in 2021. Maria 01 operates as a community-driven, not-for-profit organization co-owned by the City of Helsinki, Startup Foundation, and Helsinki Enterprise Agency.

We are now looking for a CEO to lead Maria 01 to the next level

Join Maria 01 and elevate your career as a visionary leader as we’re looking for a forward-thinking Chief Executive Officer to build upon our track record of success and drive the growth of our vibrant startup community. 

As our CEO, you will not only have the remarkable opportunity to lead the Maria 01 team, but also the largest and most vibrant startup community in the Nordics. With over 1500 members, including startup companies, investors, ecosystem experts, and corporate partners, you’ll have the chance to shape the future of innovation. 

As our CEO you will also have the opportunity to connect and work with the wider startup ecosystem on a global scale, and as you will be the face of Maria 01 to our engaged community, stakeholders and wider audience, you will bring your exceptional presentation skills and bilingual fluency in English and Finnish to the forefront. Moreover, your outstanding people and leadership skills, combined with a keen business sense and firm work ethic, will set you apart.

What sets Maria 01 apart, is our truly unique position in the startup ecosystem. Here you’ll have the unique opportunity to cultivate an extensive network while making an impact on our campus and the Finnish startup community. If you’re ready to leave a lasting legacy and share the future, we invite you to meet with us.

The CEO’s tasks include (but are not limited to):

  • Set and lead the company strategy, goals and execution for performance and growth

  • Lead and develop the company culture and vision

  • Oversee the company's daily operations and business units

  • Be responsible for the company's P&L 

  • Lead the negotiations related to campus expansion and the operating model

  • Actively collaborate with the community, owners, stakeholders, policymakers and media

  • Giving support and guidance in service business development

  • Actively collaborate with the board of directors

Great candidates will probably identify most of the following:

  • Experience as an entrepreneur or working in a startup, venture capital, corporate venturing or similar

  • Very good understanding and network within the Finnish and Nordic startup scene 

  • Excellent leadership skills backed up by relevant experience

  • Natural presenter with exceptional skills to inspire and motivate people around you

  • Proven track record in P&L management and budgeting

  • Ability to lead new service creation for corporates, service providers and investors 

  • Understanding the importance of diversity, inclusion and equality in company/community culture

  • Experience in working with the board of directors 

  • Knowledge about real-estate is a plus

  • Fluency in English and Finnish. The official language of the Maria 01 Community is English and Finnish is required due to the administrative nature of the role (additional languages are considered a plus).

What we offer:

  • Work with a diverse international team in a flat, flexible organisation

  • Flexible working hours in a combination of remote and onsite work 

  • Central location with free car parking 

  • Free gym access, yoga room and sauna

  • Enjoy,  frequent,  local and international events, social gatherings and networking opportunities inside the exciting startup ecosystem, (including travel).

  • Company bonus scheme

Please submit your application with your salary request by the 17th of September via The Hub.

For more information or questions please contact us at recruitment@maria.io

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.

Free coffee / tea
Free coffee / tea

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

Social gatherings
Social gatherings

Social gatherings and games; hang out with your colleagues.

Near public transit
Near public transit

Easy access and treehugger friendly workplace.

Free friday beers
Free friday beers

Friday is something special, let's enjoy a beer together.

Maternity / paternity leave
Maternity / paternity leave

Kids are the future, go spend time with them.

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Working at
Maria 01

Maria 01 is the Nordics' Leading Startup Campus. We are a not-for-profit combination of a selective tech-club, a community house, and a tribe of people building the products and services of the future. We provide the best possible environment for early-stage startup teams to work alongside venture capitalists, corporations, and other startup organisations. Our community values are collaboration, trust, internationality, and impact & responsibility.

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