At LUTES, we believe in building a strong community of doers. Doer is someone who is driven by the curiosity of finding out what is possible. Doer is someone who realizes that they are not living in a world of limitations, but in a world of possibilities. When a group of doers get together, great things happen.
Together with other entrepreneurship societies and country level startup initiatives we aim to build a strong startup ecosystem in Finland.
For 2023, we are keeping the application simple.
First is the board application, after which the new Board (Managers) is selected in General Meeting. After this we open team applications. All new Board members and team members are selected and announced before the year ends. Newly selected members will start their work in January 2023.
LUTES consists of 8 Board members and teams that work together in building a bigger, more amazing startup ecosystem than before. There is also one Board member managing operations in Lahti with a specific team. You can apply for Events, Community Lappeenranta or Lahti, Marketing, Funds or as the President.
No worries if you’re still unsure whether Manager position is for you – read on to learn more about each team and check the FAQ to find answers to any questions you might have!
Programs builds various startup development projects. Programs is led by an Program Manager, board member of LUTES. Programs team is in charge of the following activities:
Community builds a strong group of doers. Community is led by a Community Manager, a board member of LUTES. Community is divided into Lappeenranta and Lahti operations. A good Finnish language skill is strongly recommended for Community Lahti position. Community team is in charge of the following activities:
Marketing works closely with Events and Community on their projects, creating content and other marketing efforts. Marketing is led by a Marketing Manager, a board member of LUTES, who maintains a consistent LUTES brand. Marketing team divides the roles themselves, but will include at least:
Designers are the Picasso’s of LUTES, who produce the coolest content in digital and print form. Photography, video, graphic design, they know their stuff.
Marketers work closely with Events, Programs and Community in coming up with amazing marketing efforts. Marketers work closely with designers as well by distributing and copywriting content to various channels, such as social media, website and prints.
Funds is an administrative team, consisting of two LUTES Board members; Partnership Manager and Treasurer.
Makes the calls and arranges stuff. Partnership Manager is in charge of a centralized sponsor and partner acquisitions, working closely with Events and Community. Partnership Manager is also in close contact with strategic partners, such as other ES organisations, university, the city and other organisations.
A good Finnish language is a necessity in this role.
Knows where all the money went. Treasurer is in charge of budget allocation, expense tracking and working closely with Partnership Manager and accounting firm.
A good Finnish language is a necessity in this role.
Jack of all trades. President is the Chair of the Board and in charge of managing LUTES and making sure that all the Teams work smoothly together, fulfilling the strategy and vision of LUTES. President works closely with the VP, representing LUTES outside of the office.
A good Finnish language is a necessity in this role. You're also expected to have some prior experience in LUTES or other ES activities, such as a prior active role in LUTES Board or teams.
If applied to President position, make sure you have your calendar free on the evenings of 14th - 16th November for application interviews.
What is the difference between a Manager (a Board member) and a team member?
Manager / Board members application period is 31.10. - 13.11. Team member application period is 30.11. - 9.12.
Manager is a LUTES board member, leading the team. Managers have more responsibilities, and the positions require more hours - but they can be largely involved in all LUTES activities. Team members on the other hand can dive straight to doing with the most interesting projects and have a more flexible timetable only focusing on their team responsibilities.
How many hours LUTES positions take weekly?
We are a very flexible organization - when you're a bit too busy, we can always work things around. On the other hand, when you feel inspired and motivated, we have no reason to stop you! You can yourself decide your preferred working hours, but as a team member the estimate required is 5 hours per week. Board positions require minimum of 20 hours per week but we warn you - it's going to be so fun you'd want to work full-time with LUTES.
Can I apply if I don't live in Lappeenranta or Lahti?
Board / Manager positions require live presence, and cannot be done remote. Of course, as the hours are flexible, you are not tied to either of these cities - but we strongly recommend you live in the same city as the position you're applying for. All Board positions are located in Lappeenranta, Skinnarila campus, expect "Community Lahti", which is located in Lahti, Mukkula campus. Team positions are not tied to these cities, but we strongly recommend living in the city, as most of our operations happen live on campuses.
Are the positions paid?
Shortly, no. All Board and Team positions are unpaid trusteeship positions. Our whole organization bases on volunteering and students learning by doing. Though, there is not a single soul in LUTES doing this for money - you get back 100 times more with the new experiences, skills and possibilities to grow.
How the application process runs with Manager / Board member position?
First, you have to fill the application form. The deadline for applications is on Sunday 13th November by the end of the day. After application you'll receive an email to reserve your interview slot for the next week - this will be a short, 15-minute interview by our current Chair and new Chair applicants. Nothing too serious, we just want to know you a bit more and also figure out what positions you prioritize and fits you best. After the interview, you will be invited to our General Meeting on 29th November at 5 pm. The new board will be decided in this meeting by LUTES members, our highest decision-making body. Save the date in your calendar and good luck for the application!
How the application process runs with team member position?
After the General Meeting, we open team member application. The application period starts on 20th November and we'll add detailed information about the process and positions to this page before that.
What positions can I apply for as a non-Finnish speaker?
LUTES works fully in English, so many positions are open for you, both in Managers and in teams! Finnish is only required for Chair, Treasurer, and Partnership Manager positions, and strongly recommended for Community Manager Lahti, as many organizational practices and finances are done in Finnish.
Do I need some experience to apply for LUTES?
We think motivation and interest is far more important than skills and experience - even though they are a bonus and will make your journey easier. In LUTES we want to offer every member a possibility to grow and develop themselves whether that is soft skills or special features in your position. We also have a strong alumni network ready to help you anytime you feel a bit stuck.
Tell me once again, why should I apply?
If you don't want to be a part of actual doers, dig your hands into inspiring events and a crazy new project you haven't done before, then LUTES is not for you. But if you're up for the roller coaster of your life while meeting people around the Finland just like you and learning more than any school year can teach - I think we both know the answer.
Application for board is from 30.10. until 13.11. at 23:59. The application for teams comes after that, for 30.11. until 9.12. Good luck with your application!
If you have any questions or problems regarding the application process, send email to lauri(a)lutes.fi