Start-ups & Innovation Project Manager


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Start-ups & Innovation Project Manager

Swissnex in Brazil: Connecting Tomorrow in education, research and innovation

The mission of Swissnex 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, research and innovation between Brazil and Switzerland. As part of the Swissnex
global network, we connect Switzerland, Brazil and the world in education, research and
innovation. We support the outreach and active engagement of our partners in the international
exchange of knowledge, ideas and talent. The six main Swissnex locations are established in
some of the world’s most innovative regions: Boston, Brazil, China, India, Japan and San
Francisco. Swissnex is an initiative of the State Secretariat for Education, Research and
Innovation of Switzerland and is part of the Swiss Confederation’s network abroad managed by
the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.

Job Description
Swissnex is looking for a dynamic Start-ups & Innovation Project Manager based in São Paulo
or Rio de Janeiro with experience in working with startups and innovation for its multi-faceted,
transdisciplinary and international activities.
As a member 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 chance 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
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, has the following primary responsibilities: Brazil

● Startups & Innovation Projects: take a leading role in the management of the
internationalisation camps for Swiss startups and coordinate with the global Network.
Further expand 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 opportunities and form lasting partnerships with
leading local institutions in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro;
● Activities 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.
What we look for in a Candidate
● Degree in Engineering, Exact Sciences, Business, Economics, International Relations or
related areas;
● 1 – 2 years of startup related work experience;
● Professional mastery (reading and speaking) of Portuguese and English language;
● Proficiency with at least one (1) Swiss national language is strongly preferred.
● International experience (Swiss experience is a plus);
● Experience in managing projects with different stakeholders/managing complex
● Familiarity with the Swiss and local startup ecosystems (proven network of relevant
contacts, including startup-related contacts, in the São Paulo and/or Rio de Janeiro
regions is a plus).
● Excellent people, communication (verbal and written) and organizational skills;
● Passion for entrepreneurship and a high level of curiosity for new technologies;
● Outgoing, communicative; avid networker and connector;

• A full-time, local position; start date negotiable.
• Compensation commensurate with experience and Brazilian non-profit salary levels.
• Healthcare plan,
• Continuing education possibilities to take your career to the next level
• Flexible working hours and partial work from home.

Note: Only applications from Brazilian nationals and Swiss holders of a work permit in
Brazil (Carteira de Trabalho) will be considered.

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