Manager of startups and innovations


About the Innovation Center of the Košice Region


The Innovation Center of the Košice Region is a unique organization that deals with the support and development of the regional innovation ecosystem. Our mission is to fulfill the vision and goals set in the Regional Innovation Strategy of the Košice Region. Our main activities include: strengthening, developing and coordinating cooperation between members and third parties operating in the business and non-business spheres at the regional, national and international levels; search for and support for the transfer of capitalized R&D results and technology transfer between academia, R&D and business; support and coordination of access to academic and scientific research infrastructure to entities operating in the business sphere; creating conditions for the establishment and development of small and medium-sized innovative enterprises focused on the use of new production processes and technologies, producing competitive products and providing better quality services; consultancy, support and provision of services to innovative enterprises; development of regional research infrastructure.


Job description, powers and responsibilities


We are looking for a creative and independent project manager who is interested in new technologies, startups and innovations. You will become a member of the Košice Region Innovation Center team, whose goal is to change the Košice Region for the better. Your task will be to cooperate with individual regional actors with the aim of supporting innovation and entrepreneurship in our region. You will participate in interesting projects that will be implemented within the region and you will become a key partner for the development of the innovation ecosystem.


Job description, powers and responsibilities


  • Management and development of the innovation/startup ecosystem in the Košice region through the implementation of system projects/programs aimed at supporting innovations and startups
  • Searching and submitting project applications to national or European innovation/research programs
  • Implementation of selected innovative projects from OP Slovakia - we expect your direct involvement in 1-2 projects per year, from writing the project to its implementation
  • Regular implementation of ecosystem support events such as innovation days, meet-ups, etc.
  • Cooperation and coordination of innovative actors/start-ups in developing their business activities
  • Preparation and implementation of project plans for grant financial instruments within the European Union (Recovery Plan, Horizon Europe, etc.)
  • Support for technology transfer and cooperation with universities
  • Evidence of innovative actors - creation of a list of start-up institutions in the region and in Slovakia
  • Various other tasks assigned to superiors

  • Completed university studies
  • Sense of entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity
  • Experience with project management and writing project applications to EU and national grant opportunities
  • A team player who identifies with the ICKK vision and contributes to the development of the organization with his ingenuity
  • Proactive approach to assigned tasks
  • Organization and ability to coordinate project activities
  • Systematicness, attention to detail and consistent tightening of tasks
  • Communication in English min. C1
  • Experience in writing project applications to the EU and national grant calls
  • Ability to work with MS Office, Google Workspace and general high knowledge of information and communication technologies
Required minimum education

  • University 2nd degree

What we offer

  • Apple MacBook Pro
  • Flexible working hours and home office options
  • Pleasant working environment respecting the so-called New Normal
  • Business phone also for private purposes
  • Trainings and workshops

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