Finding you the top Nordic talent, ready to build from day one.

Startuplifers is a personalized matchmaking service that connects your startup with the most qualified, pre-screened tech and design talent in the Nordics. We’ll handle the visa process for you and you focus on working on the things that really matter, soon with your new employee who’s ready to build from day one.

Are you

  • A startup based in San Francisco?
  • In need of pre-vetted, skilled and motivated candidates?
  • Looking for an easy and reliable way of recruiting?
  • Willing to increase the diversity in your company?

If yes, then this is what we can

Easily hire Nordic talent

Startuplifers is probably the easiest way to hire talent from abroad.

Hand-picked candidates

We provide only the most relevant profiles for your specific talent needs.

No commitments before hiring

We take a flat finder’s fee if you end up hiring one of our candidates.

Some of the talents hired through Startuplifers

Veeti Haapsamo

Helsinki, Finland

EDUCATION
Bachelor’s degree in computer science,
University of Helsinki

FIELD
Software development

COMPANY AND LOCATION
Webflow – San Francisco

TIME OF INTERNSHIP
1/2019-7/2019

WORK EXPERIENCE BEFORE THE INTERNSHIP
2 years as a software developer, 2 years as a sysadmin.

Susanna Nevalainen

Espoo, Finland

EDUCATION
Master’s Degree in ICT Innovation, Human Computer Interaction,
Aalto University and KTH

FIELD
Front-end engineering

COMPANY AND LOCATION
SafetyWing – San Francisco

TIME OF INTERNSHIP
10/2018-12/2018, continues full time remotely

WORK EXPERIENCE BEFORE THE INTERNSHIP
3 years as a software developer, first more technical, two last years also design.

Alex Colb

Helsinki, Finland

EDUCATION
Bachelor of science in computer science,
Aalto University

FIELD
Full-stack engineering

COMPANY AND LOCATION
ViSenze – Singapore

TIME OF INTERNSHIP
9/2018-

WORK EXPERIENCE BEFORE THE INTERNSHIP
11 months as a full stack and software developer

Pietro Rancati

Helsinki, Finland

EDUCATION
Master’s degree in cloud computing and services,
Aalto University and TU Berlin

FIELD
Data science

COMPANY AND LOCATION
Datatron – Mountain view

TIME OF INTERNSHIP
7/2018-7/2019

WORK EXPERIENCE BEFORE THE INTERNSHIP
2 years as a data scientist, 7 months as a back-end programmes

Marre Viikeri

Helsinki, Finland

EDUCATION
Master’s student in information design,
Aalto University

FIELD
Design

COMPANY AND LOCATION
PlateIQ – San Francisco

TIME OF INTERNSHIP
7/2018-1/2020

WORK EXPERIENCE BEFORE THE INTERNSHIP
years of design experience in a design agency and as a freelancer.

Sini Toivonen

Turku, Finland

EDUCATION
Master’s in sales marketing,
Turku School of Economics

FIELD
Sales and marketing

COMPANY AND LOCATION
PFX – San Francisco

TIME OF INTERNSHIP
8/2018-10/2018

WORK EXPERIENCE BEFORE THE INTERNSHIP
Several years of different sales positions

Alessio Spallino

Espoo, Finland

EDUCATION
Master’s degree in software and service architecture,
Aalto University and University of Trento

FIELD
Full-stack engineering

COMPANY AND LOCATION
Ellipsis Health – San Francisco

TIME OF INTERNSHIP
10/2018-12/2019

WORK EXPERIENCE BEFORE THE INTERNSHIP
1 year as a software engineer and 1 year as an android developer

Recruiting world-class talent is easy… with us

Startuplifers is a Nordic, student-run nonprofit organization, with an access to a pool of great talent, that no one else in the US can reach. We get applications from the top students in the Nordics, pre-vet the most motivated and talented applicants and hand-pick the candidates for you. Our goal is to help you grow your company faster and smarter by matching you with the most fitting candidates.

Please note that we’re Finnish, and we don’t really know how to brag or lie. However, we’ve already sent over 200 talents to work at amazing companies like Coinbase, Webflow, and Leap Motion, just to name a few. They’ve had an amazing experience working together with us, so why wouldn’t you?

Here’s how the process works

Typically it takes a couple of months for you to get your new employee on a plane. This however can vary based on your own hiring processes, which is something we can’t affect.

Step 1

Send us your job descriptions for the roles you want to fill.

Step 3

Select and get introduced to the most fitting candidates for your needs.

Step 5

When you’ve found your match and want to make a hire, we help you with every step, with practicalities from visas to flights and legal stuff. We’ve partnered with a lawyer specialized in employee and immigration law and Kilroy, a visa and travel agency.

Step 2

We share you a list of 5-10 pre-vetted candidates based on the requirements within a few days.

Step 4

You carry out your own interview process.

Step 6

The talent will arrive on an agreed date and starts working at your company. We charge 5K finder’s fee per hired talent.

Step 1

Send us your job descriptions for the roles you want to fill.

Step 2

We share you a list of 5-10 pre-vetted candidates based on the requirements within a few days.

Step 3

Select and get introduced to the most fitting candidates for your needs.

Step 4

You carry out your own interview process.

Step 5

When you’ve found your match and want to make a hire, we help you with every step, with practicalities from visas to flights and legal stuff. We’ve partnered with a lawyer specialized in employee and immigration law and Kilroy, a visa and travel agency.

Step 6

The talent will arrive on an agreed date and starts working at your company.

References

“When I first discovered Startuplifers, I thought it was too good to be true. The entire process has been straight-forward and efficient and the quality of candidates is very high. Even though many of the candidates are university graduates, they already have quite a bit of experience from internships and our hire was able to get set up and running more quickly than the average new graduate. This program is an absolute no-brainer for any startup that is looking for product talent and will definitely be in the future of sourcing talent at Coinbase!”

– AURORA HARSHNER, RECRUITING MANAGER AT COINBASE

“We’ve hired over 10 people through Startuplifers, because for us using Startuplifers is easier than trying to recruit from the schools in the US. We care about quality, and we’re able to get people who write higher quality code than the fresh graduates coming from the top universities here in California.”

– ANTHONY BICICCHI, TALENT ACQUISITION LEAD AT BETTERDOCTOR

“Their whole process was great! We had a 20 minute call to talk about our talent needs, and three days later Startuplifers presented us the perfect candidate that they had hand-picked based on our chat. Interviews with our team went well even with the 10 hour time difference, and the visa process was surprisingly straightforward! I’m a fan of Scandinavian design so with Startuplifers, it was easier for us to have an extremely talented Finnish lead designer move here from the other side of the world, than to look for a local designer with the same skill set.”

– QASAR YOUNIS, EX-COO AT Y COMBINATOR

“I hope no other companies find out about this amazing program.”

– DAVE FOWLER, FOUNDER & CEO AT CHARTIO

“Startuplifers has been our secret weapon in finding top-notch engineering interns, so much so that I’m a little bit scared of other companies finding out about the program. We’ve hosted two excellent interns in the past two years, and both have had a great impact on our company from day one. Startuplifers makes the entire process completely pain-free, which is a breath of fresh air after having to deal with international visa issues.”

– VLAD MAGDALIN, CO-FOUNDER & CEO AT WEBFLOW

Interested? Great, let’s do this!

Send us a question through the form below or send an email regarding your status and needs at jarkko@startuplifers.org. You can also just send us a message through the form below if you wish to book a 15-minute intro call with us.

FAQ

We take a flat finder’s fee per each hire. Finder’s fee covers our operational costs, flights, visas. Other than that, there are no hidden costs and there aren’t any commitments before you decide to make a hire.

We get it, the quality of the talent is the most important factor for startups. We have candidates for the very core roles needed in a young, growing company: engineers to build the product, designers to make everything look pretty and intuitive, and business people to market and sell the whole thing.

Our applicants range from 2nd year Bachelor students to PhDs. In Nordics you get paid to go to school, so most students don’t have a hurry to graduate, and they start working full-time and studying part-time. This means, that many of our near graduate applicants have +3 years of work experience.

Nope, not a remote thing – our Startuplifers will move to your area and work at your office to get the real startup experience! The average length that our Startuplifers spend with a company, is around 12 months. Many candidates end up staying for years when they realize that you can actually see the sun outside and wear a t-shirt all year round. That’s something they haven’t gotten used to in the Nordics.

You’ll negotiate the salary with the candidate, we don’t take part in that. Usually, engineering interns with some years of working experience are paid $5000 or above per month.

We use J-1 visa for interns and trainees and our partners guide you through the whole visa process.

Startuplifers is probably the easiest way to hire talent from outside the US. Our applicants will get a J-1 intern or trainee visa, that allows them to spend 3-18 months in the US, after which they can apply for another J-1 with a short hiatus period or H-1B or O-1.

We work with CIEE, one of the biggest sponsoring organizations in the US. Kilroy is an international travel agency coordinating the visa process between the candidate and CIEE, and we even have a US-based lawyer making sure that the visa application will get approved.

The easiest way is booking a 15-minute intro call with Jarkko to discuss our co-operation. If you want to move even faster, you can skip the chit-chat and send your role description to us at startuplifers@startuplifers.org.