In a Nutshell

AustrianStartups is in search of a COO to help us accelerate growth, develop new projects and products and professionalise our internal processes. This is an incredibly exciting role, with lots of opportunities to learn, get your hands dirty, and take on responsibility from day 1. You will work closely with our CEO, our leadership team and the board of AustrianStartups to shape our strategy for the future and optimize organizational structures accordingly. The ideal candidate has a background in the Austrian startup scene and combines a hands-on mentality with a structured and result-driven management approach.

Who we are

AustrianStartups is the leading non-profit platform and think tank for startups and innovative entrepreneurship in Austria. Together with our 30,000 supporters, we are working towards a brighter entrepreneurial future in Austria. Over the past 8 years, we have inspired more than 160,000 people across our communication channels, connected more than 15,000 event visitors, started Austria’s biggest entrepreneurship project for schools with the Youth Entrepreneurship Week and published Austria’s largest startup study – the Austrian Startup Monitor. With your help, we aim to change Austria’s entrepreneurial culture sustainably and for the better!

What you will be doing

You will own 3 main areas of responsibility: project management, think tank and operations:

  • Shape our overall strategy for the future and actively drive growth on all levels.
  • Coordinate and execute projects & programs that support entrepreneurship in Austria.
  • Co-organize & continuously develop our Entrepreneurial Leadership Program
  • Guide our recruiting efforts to attract exceptional candidates for our team & programs
  • Optimize our internal processes, project management & team structures
  • Lead our financial management, prepare financial statements and management reports.
  • Take over leadership of our data infrastructure & build our databases
  • Strengthen our role as Austria’s leading startup think tank & shape our thought leadership
  • Manage our existing research initiatives (eg. Austrian Startup Monitor) & launch new ones
  • Develop strategies to steer political change & improve conditions for founders in Austria

What we are looking for

  • Experience in working in a startup environment
  • Experience in leading projects and teams
  • Excellent communication skills – offline and online
  • Business fluency in English and German
  • Proactive and hands-on mentality
  • Structured thinking, curiosity, and attention to detail
  • Strong analytical thinking and affinity for numbers
  • Passion for entrepreneurship and startups
  • Curiosity to conduct self-directed research and keep up with startup- and tech news

Why you should apply

With us you will dive into the heart of the Austrian startup ecosystem and constantly be exposed to new technologies and individuals who have a lasting impact. You will play a leading role in the advancement of AustrianStartups, while collaborating with a diverse core team and volunteers all over Austria. We work hard, but we also craft moments that allow our team to pause, create, and connect – or in other words: We encourage you to bring your whole self to work and you will become part of our truly special family and get to participate in our super cool team activities (like going for boat trips).


Hard facts

  • Position: 20-40h/week
  • Salary: Monthly gross salary of 2.800€ (Full-time equivalent, 14x yearly)
  • Working Location: Impact Hub in the 7th district and Student Hotel in the 2nd district (home office possible)
  • Starting Date: October 2021 (asap)


Awesome! Apply here until October 10 by uploading your CV and personal pitch, convincing us why you are the right candidate. If you have any questions, please contact us at

Join a winning team

Without our team, pushing our agenda for innovation and entrepreneurship in Austria would be impossible, and we always on the hunt for talented individuals wishing to lend a hand and help us push our.