Do you want to experience what is like to build a social start-up?
About the position
The Innovation Team consists of a team of 4 people (1 team leader and 3 team members) taking on one of the most pressing social challenges in Rotterdam as researched by our Think Tank. We will teach you the skills and tools to build a self-sustaining social startup and provide you with the necessary guidance along the way. The team will be guided by a board coach and advised by business experts, whilst learning about the need groups issues, brainstorming solutions and coming up with a business model.
In order to create a successful start-up, you will first be provided with the research this year’s Think Tank did on the a topic soon to be determined. Your task will first be to understand the problem, after which you will go off into the ‘real world’: spend time with your need group, immerse yourself in their reality and understand their environment and challenges. Together with your team, you will then brainstorm possible solutions with the help of the experts from social and business backgrounds. The goal is for you as a team to create a sustainable business model around the chosen problem area.
What we offer
- Gain valuable experience on how to successfully build a self-sustaining social start-up
- Develop your communication, networking, negotiation, and problem-solving skills
- Gain confidence and responsibility in the business industry
- Work with agile management technique; Scrum. A popular and successful framework for problem solving.
- Work in a cross-functional team, which ensures that each person’s capabilities are used to their full potential
- Contribute and attend the National Competition of Enactus Netherlands! (June 7th, 2019)
- Join an ambitious and friendly community of social entrepreneurs
What we are looking for
- Creativity– you do not see problems but also seek solutions
- Proactiveness– willingness to try new things without being afraid of failure. Failing is part of learning.
- Reliability– people can count on you to get the work done, you follow through on assignments and take complete ownership of your ideas.
- Team player – able to work in a team and willing to compromise.
- Time management – some weeks will be more work than others. We seek for people who are flexible with their time and effort between university and being a social entrepreneur
- Motivation – your effort will dictate the success of your venture (i.e., start-up) so we need motivated people in order for the venture to work.
- Commitment – we are looking for people that are willing to stay in the position for next year as well.
Specifics about the position
- We are recruiting 3 team members and 1 team leader for the Innovation Team* (see below for a description about the difference between team member and team leader)
- As a team leader, 10 hours a week will allow you to make the best out of this position. For team members, 8 hours a week.
Team Leader or Team Member?
The difference between a team member and team leader is that a team leader is accountable for the progress of the venture and is the main contact with the board. Also, the team leader is responsible for coordinating the team (e.g., scheduling meetings). Nevertheless, decisions and venture-related tasks are made and shared with the group.