Student Assistant for Business Development and Project Execution – Nordics

Climate-KIC Nordic
Fixed term - one year
29 Jun 2018
Nordic Business Development Lead
03 Sep 2018
Lyngby, Denmark

Business Background

EIT Climate-KIC (Knowledge and Innovation Community) is the EU’s largest public-private partnership addressing climate change through innovation. Our community consists of over 300 leading partners from business, academia, the public sector and NGOs. Our purpose is to help create a prosperous, inclusive, climate resilient society founded on a circular, zero-carbon economy.

We focus on levers of systemic change, looking for where innovation is most needed to accelerate deep decarbonisation (elimination of fossil fuels and negative carbon) and effective adaptation. EIT Climate-KIC is predominantly grant-funded by the European Institute for Innovation and Technology, a body of the European Union and acts as a platform to work across boundaries and across sectors, fostering innovation as a catalyst for transformation. We:

  • provide funding,
  • facilitate the creation of innovation consortia,
  • work together with our partners to take a portfolio approach to innovation options,
  • challenge and seek to enrich business model design,
  • offer tailored support for experimentation, implementation and scaling, and
  • incubate very early stage ideation and pre-seed innovation.

To make ourselves accessible to key actors and ‘challenge owners’, we work along four priority themes: urban transitions, sustainable land use, sustainable production systems, and decision metrics and climate finance. In all four areas, we place an emphasis on entrepreneurship and innovation design, on education as a driver of behavioural change through new skills and capabilities and on policy innovation. We run programmes for students, start-ups and innovators across Europe via centres in major cities and regions, convening a community of excellence in people and organisations.

We balance strategic innovation, aimed at renewing core business models, with a significant portfolio of bottom-up innovation – e.g. through our start-up accelerators – to learn, evaluate and continuously adjust our efforts to impact climate change. Ultimately, we aim to become a leader in systemic innovation that contributes to a paradigm shift from a linear, industrial production system to a circular, regenerative model, leveraging the power of our unique community of innovators and inspiring change beyond it.


Purpose of the role

The purpose of this role is to generally assist on Business Development processes such as developing specific service lines, identifying non-EIT funding, which will count against Climate-KIC’s targets for revenue diversification, and securing private sponsorships. As a student assistant in the Nordic Business Development team, you will also support the Climate-KIC Nordic project execution team with: matching research results with demand side needs in for example companies and cities, co-hosting workshops and disseminating information, communication services, assisting with the open innovation processes and other similar innovation competitions.

You will work with a diverse set of stakeholders, ranging from students, researchers, start-ups, business developers, company experts and investors as well as the partner group in the Nordic region and across Europe.

Key responsibilities

  • Support our bid management processes and funding applications, including working with our finance staff to develop strong financial propositions.
  • Strengthen our communications, marketing, knowledge sharing and partnership management processes within Business Development.
  • Assist with proposal development: Support to develop large-scale fundraising project proposals for Foundations, Corporates, EU Institutions and other clients such as city, regional and national administrations.
  • Support the development of new products and services on climate innovation.
  • Ideate and identify new opportunities for furthering innovation across the Nordics with our existing partners.
  • Maintain CRM database and log outreach and engagement activities.
  • Diverse tasks to support the Nordic Office together with other Student Assistants

Key working relationships

  • Nordic Business Development Lead
  • Nordic Project Managers
  • C-KIC Business Development team
  • Nordic Partners


  • Studying for a BA, MSc or equivalent in e.g. Innovation, business studies, engineering or another relevant degree


  • Familiar with the Microsoft Office package, and strong experience with Excel either from other student positions or your studies

Key skills

  • Strong analytical, organisational, coordinating and planning skills
  • Good spoken and written English language skills
  • Good spoken and written Danish, Swedish or Norwegian is desirable

Qualities, Personal style and Approach

  • A structured approach to tackling tasks, paying attention to detail but not losing the overview
  • A high level of independence and the ability to prioritise whilst working across different teams is essential
  • An energetic, flexible and proactive approach
  • Ability to work with an international team and in a multidisciplinary context

Terms of employment

The job is 15 hours per week and we would expect to agree fixed days of working that can be changed in consultation with the Nordic Business Development Lead.

Additional information

Please note that candidates must have the right to work in the EU prior to applying for the position. The successful candidate will normally be based at the nearest EIT Climate-KIC office to where they are currently living.

Application Process

Climate-KIC values diversity and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified candidates regardless of age, gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion or ethnic background.

Your application should consist of a full curriculum vitae and a covering letter describing briefly how your profile, skills and experience meet the criteria outlined in the person specification, and outlining your interest in and vision for the role.

Please send your full application using the “apply now” button above.

We are:

Dynamic • Passionate • Engaging • Open • Inspiring • Excellent • Empowering

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