As an experienced entrepreneur or industry expert you probably still remember the time you first started out and the challenges that came with it. Maybe you miss the feeling that comes with developing a company with the potential to make a difference, change behaviors and perhaps shape an entire market? Or maybe you get a kick out of seeing new talents push their boundaries and challenge the status quo in your industry?
We are looking for people who want to be part of a shadow board for startups and who want to share their experience, help our company founders avoid common pitfalls, think big and strategically and play a part in driving the company forward.
What is a shadow board? Being part of a shadow board is a learning opportunity for both startup companies and board members to gain experience of corporate structures and working methods. The focus is on strategy. All shadow boards have an experienced chairman who heads the work. Members have no legal responsibility for the company.
a global insight into the latest innovations in your industry.
the chance to test your expertise in a new industry.
to find, get to know and keep track of companies for investment or future board assignments.
a risk-free learning period to work on a board and gain valuable experience.
the chance to expand your network and create relationships with other experienced people both inside and outside your industry.
How we match a company and board member:
Declare your interest in sitting on a shadow board by clicking on the "I’m interested" button on this page, or contact Magdalena Lindström.
Describe in as much detail as you can:
Previous work experience/expertise.
What you think you can contribute to a startup company.
Your motivation for wanting to sit on a shadow board.
We will read your answers and contact you when a startup company needs a shadow board member that seems to match your skills.
You can increase your chances of getting an assignment by keeping track of Uminova Innovation's companies and letting Magdalena know if any company seems particularly interesting to you.
Frameworks for assignments
6 + 6 months including 5-6 board meetings a year An evaluation takes place after 6 months to decide whether the company and the member want to continue working together. We assist shadow board members who want to get involved between meetings to support the company in any challenges raised at board meetings.
No legal liability for the company
Fee SEK 5,000/six months
We hope you think this sounds exciting and that we get a chance to collaborate with you in the future!
Uminova Innovation based in Umeå in northern Sweden is one of the country’s leading incubators, and has been selected for Vinnova's Excellence Program. With business support at the forefront we help people invest in and develop their business ideas. We work to ensure that more people, both in and outside of Sweden, discover and engage with northern Sweden’s companies and innovators. We achieve this through ambitious collaborations with industry, major companies, investors, partners and our extensive network of talent and skills. Uminova Innovation aims high, invests big and inspires others to do the same. Learn more about us here.