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Venture Associate

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December 19, 2021
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Job Description

Do you want to become the next leading early-stage technology investor? Or are you aiming to found or join a technology company in the future? If so, this is your opportunity to take the next step within the world of tech startups by co-shaping the Techstars Berlin Accelerator.

Techstars is a worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed as they create a better future for everyone. We are on a mission to enable every person on the planet to contribute to, and benefit from, the success of entrepreneurs. And we believe breakthrough ideas can come from anywhere in the world – you don't need to be in Silicon Valley to succeed.

In line with this vision, Techstars Berlin Accelerator is now entering a new growth phase. Our aim is to build the number one launchpad for European high-growth startups. Having hired a new managing director, we are on course to take the accelerator to the next level.

The role of Venture Associate is a key part of this journey, with a focus both on program operations and investments. You will play a pivotal role in company sourcing, assessing startup applications and preparing investment decisions. You will also refine and execute the Techstars playbook to deliver the best possible program experience for founders, mentors, partners, investors and other stakeholders.

As a Venture Associate, you have the chance to broaden your network in ways you could never have imagined and receive exposure to some of the greatest early startup teams in Europe. Historically, most associates end up either being employed by a startup team, pursuing an investor career or going on to build their own companies.

What You Will Do:

  • Refine the investment theses, including sourcing, recruiting, evaluating, and closing investments in target companies via direct outreach, diverse sourcing efforts, marketing events, referrals, and inbound accelerator applications
  • Form and foster effective relationships with founders, investors, mentors, service providers, and other ecosystem partners to build a support network around our founders and develop sourcing and due diligence relationships
  • Deliver content and workshops during our 13-week accelerator programs, ensuring the best possible accelerator experience for founders, mentors, partners, investors and other program stakeholders
  • Serve as a mentor to our founders and provide them with the network, tools, and knowledge they need to succeed
  • Ensure the program follows best practices and is carried out based on the content and curriculum outlined in the Techstars playbook
  • Own the year-round logistics, operations, administration, scheduling, calendar management and event planning for the program
  • Recruit, hire and manage the seasonal associate team
  • Build relationships across Techstars by working on cross-collaborative projects and supporting the Global Program Management team
  • Travel for this role is minimal and typically requires annual travel to StaffCon (our company-wide annual offsite), a team-specific offsite, and providing support to the managing director with company sourcing when applicable and where appropriate for the program

What You Bring To The Role:

  • You have 4+ years of experience in fast-paced environments with a focus on zero-to-one early-stage tech entrepreneurship, business operations, and/or project management.
  • Experience as a co-founder/ early employee at a startup company or prior early-stage tech investing experience is a plus, as is experience with product development, engineering or go-to-market
  • You harbor a fierce drive to succeed. This is matched by your humility and a team-oriented attitude.
  • You take the initiative and are comfortable working in ambiguous /unstructured environments.
  • You are a great organizer and project manager.
  • You are analytically oriented and make decisions based on data.
  • You have unlimited capacity for, and take enjoyment from, networking with people from all walks of life.
  • You have a strong interest in the discourse surrounding technology, startups, entrepreneurship and venture capital.

About Techstars

Techstars is the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed. Founded in 2006, Techstars began with three simple ideas - entrepreneurs create a better future for everyone, collaboration drives innovation and great ideas can come from anywhere. Now we are on a mission to enable every person on the planet to contribute to, and benefit from, the success of entrepreneurs. In addition to operating accelerator programs and venture capital funds, we do this by connecting startups, investors, corporations and cities to help build thriving startup communities. Techstars has invested in more than 2,300 companies with a combined market cap of more than $29B.

Techstars’ mission is to help entrepreneurs succeed wherever they are in the world and whatever their background is. Regional accelerator programs all around the world are the cornerstone of the strategy. The investment approach is fundamentally driven by the worldwide network of managing directors, who interact with startup founders daily, guiding, mentoring and cultivating them along the journey. The scale of this reach results in a diversified strategy that provides investors with a uniquely qualified deal flow.

We help Techstars founders connect with other entrepreneurs, experts, mentors, alumni, investors, community leaders, and corporations to grow their companies.

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