Start-Up Innovation Manager

Job description



This role is based at Innovation Lighthouse, a start-up initiated by The Student Hotel and partners. From the very first project openings in 2012, The Student Hotel had the ambition to create circular properties. Many of its hotels are developed in obsolete buildings to which it gave a new and sustainable purpose. As a part of this approach, The Student Hotel included innovative products and techniques that were tested in real-life situations and then implemented on a larger scale. With a growing portfolio of hospitality real estate, the ambition to create better buildings has also grown. TSH realized that it can have a much larger impact by sharing its "Lab" capability with other real estate owners and combine forces. Therefore, together with partners APG, Aermont & Redevco, the start-up Innovation Lighthouse ( was created.  


Innovation Lighthouse selects and tests sustainability innovations in real buildings, so we can prove their business cases and measure their impacts. By sharing the results and the expertise we gain, we can help scale up innovations to our broad commercial real estate network. We are convinced that this collaborative approach will contribute to a commercial real estate sector that is truly socially, economically and environmentally sustainable. We will change the industry (and the world) for the better! 


This is the role: 


As the Innovation Manager, you are part of the core team that leads the change and makes the Innovation Lighthouse initiative successful! You will take a leading role in finding and screening new innovation partners, including start-ups, scale-ups, connectors, and incubators, to ensure a strong pipeline of cutting-edge projects from well-vetted innovators. You will be responsible for scouting new innovations and initiating, forming and maintaining innovation partner relationships.   

Are you ready to change the real estate industry and make a big impact?    


These will be your responsibilities:

  • Securing high-quality partnerships and collaborations with innovators and connectors 
  • Continuously building up the project pipeline  
  • Matching innovations with challenges and opportunities in real buildings of different real estate asset classes 
  • Identifying new opportunities for innovation to solve challenges in real estate 
  • Implementing and managing selected projects with all partners (innovators, academics, investors) 
  • Leading internal and co-innovation projects (i.e., where we develop new innovations) 



You must have: 

  • Sustainability and innovation background  
  • 5 to 10 years of work experience 
  • Knowledge of, and experience in real estate and construction  
  • Fluent English skills + and preferably 1 other language (written and spoken) 
  • Strong project management skills, specifically in innovation projects 


You should be: 

  • An entrepreneur with commercial drive and a start-up mentality 
  • Highly organized, independent and extremely passionate about sustainability and innovation 
  • Calm under pressure and good at multitasking  
  • Flexible, motivated and social   
  • A fan of fun! 


We offer: 

  • The chance to build a company under the umbrella of strong sponsors  
  • A workplace where you will experience a great team environment with a fantastic vibe and lots of positive energy   
  • The opportunity to work with a dynamic, young, international organization; we are a game-changing innovator! 
  • 32-40-hour/week position starting ASAP 
  • The chance to learn and grow in your role and cooperate with other talented people who challenge you every day 
  • The facilities of The Student Hotel such as a great canteen, gym, awesome team members, and cool and memorable events 


Are you ready to make the world better and connect people?  

Great! Send your CV and short cover letter telling us why you’re made for this role.