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Startup Accelerator Manager

Job Title: Startup Accelerator Manager Zurich 

Division: Climate-KIC DACH

Reports to: Regional Lead DACH Startup Programme

Contract: Open-ended, 100%

Salary: Competitive 

Location: Zurich, Switzerland

Start Date: ASAP

Apply by: 12 November 2017

Business Background

Climate-KIC is the EU’s largest public private partnership addressing climate change through innovation to build a low carbon economy.

We run programmes for students, startups and innovators across Europe in major cities, convening a community of the best people and organisations. 

Climate-KIC is supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union.


Purpose & Responsibilities of the Role

The Startup Accelerator in the DACH geography is one of Climate-KIC’s most successful programmes with startups raising over €m100 per year in funding. The Accelerator Manager Zurich is accountable for the delivery of the programme in Switzerland in strong collaboration with her/his colleagues in Germany and Austria

Key responsibilities include:

Programme Implementation, Monitoring & Improvement

• Be the first point of contact for all Swiss startups motivated to join Climate-KIC’s Accelerator Programme

• Establish a nationwide outreach campaign to attract applications from the very best founders in the field

• Manage the startup pipeline and the competitive selection process ensuring the most promising ventures enter the programme

• Monitor startup progression and initiate appropriate supportive actions

• Further develop a curriculum addressing the needs of the participating startups and oversee the implementation of it through contractors and partners

• Ensure continued and measurable high quality outputs of the programme

• Collaborate with the four other locations in Germany and Austria in developing, prototyping and introducing new programme elements for ideation/pipeline management, coaching/mentoring, community management, acceleration

Programme Execution

• Oversee the planning and scheduling of two programme rounds per year 

• Organise and administer events, e.g. startup pitch sessions, trainings, community events

• Document the implementation of the programme and its KPIs to report back to its funders

• Oversee programme performance assessment and year-end reporting

• Develop and lead operational excellence initiatives to improve internal processes

Business Development, Relationship Management & Fundraising

• Manage relationships with implementation partners and external stakeholders

• Support a vibrant community of alumni, investors, partners and mentors around the programme

• Represent Climate-KIC and its Accelerator programme in public, events, Universities, etc.

• Engage in the creation of new income streams based on the startup programme, e.g. through corporates, foundations, investors


Required Background & Qualifications

• University degree (Bachelor’s or Master’s) in business administration or another relevant field

• More than 3 years of work experience in business development, startup acceleration, or strategy consulting

• Strong organizational and project management skills

• Deep understanding of innovation management and entrepreneurship, ideally with hands-on experience working in a startup or as an angel/venture investor

• Understanding of the drivers and impacts of climate change, challenges in the fields of energy, (e-)mobility, circular economy etc. are a distinct advantage

• Knowledge of the Swiss startup ecosystem is a plus

• Experience and ability to work in a complex, multi-disciplinary work environment

• Fluency in English and German

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. 

We offer a vibrant working environment in an inspiring community of climate innovators across Europe. Please submit your CV and cover letter in English.

Applications should reach bjorn.grindberg@climate-kic.org by close of business on 12 November 2017. Please state your earliest availability and salary expectations. 


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