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Accelerator Programme Manager (m/w)

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Job Description:

Accelerator Programme & Event Manager

Job Title: Accelerator Programme & Event Manager

Division: Climate-KIC Germany

Reports to: Director, Germany

Contract: Initially, this is a fixed-term 1-year position

Salary: Competitive

Location: Berlin

Start Date: ASAP

Apply by: April 15th 2016

About Climate-KIC

Climate-KIC (Climate Knowledge and Innovation Community) is the EU’s largest public private partnership addressing climate change through innovation to build a low carbon and climate-resilient economy. We address climate change across four priority themes: urban areas, land use, production systems, climate metrics and finance. Education is at the heart of these themes to inspire and empower the next generation of climate leaders. We run programmes for students, start-ups and innovators across Europe via centers in major cities, convening a community of the best people and organizations. The Climate-KIC Startup Accelerator is Europe's biggest cleantech accelerator. Climate-KIC startup teams are tech-driven start-ups tackling topics such as low-carbon production systems, smart energy, urban transitions, sustainable food and fintech for less CO2. Our portfolio has included start-ups like Thermondo or Tado. Climate-KIC is currently mainly supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union. Purpose of the Role The Accelerator Programme and Event Manager is accountable for developing and  xecuting an Accelerator Programme in Berlin and in close coordination with 2 Partner Accelerator Managers in Germany (in Munich and Frankfurt) and the local Accelerator Manager. The programme consists of three stages of six months each offering an overall package worth up to €125,000. Accepted startups get professional pitch training and business coaching, substantial financial support, office space at a clean-tech incubator and access to the exclusive European and international Climate-KIC network to help find investors and first customers. In our programme we have around 18 startup teams incorporated biannually – around 10 locally in the Berlin based. The accelerator’s main goal is to support early stage startups to scale and therefore to achieve real climate impact in the markets. The role is part of an innovation team that also aims at driving innovation within established partner
organizations (large and small business, research institutions).

Key Responsibilities

Accelerator Programme Development & Execution

  • Responsible for successfully driving the local accelerator programme. Development of new formats and executing existing programme. Taking ownership of mentors’ programme, facilitating expert trainings, consolidating & supporting our lead coaches
  • Designs and executes jointly with the accelerator team major accelerator events: e.g. Demo Day and Investor Dinner
  • Active networking role in the local start-up scene
  • Empowers the communications department with a strong support on marketing activities Scouting new Startups & Management of Selection Process
  • Responsible for enhancing the number of applications for each Batch with scouting startups on events
  • Manages the selection process, including a set-up of an external jury board, communicates with potential candidates, etc. Green Garage House Management
  • Facility management of office spaces for startups & co-working space including contract management for local facilities
  • Responsible for delegations and visitors of the Green Garage
  • Synergies with wider Climate-KIC Innovation Activities
  • Jointly with the Business Development Lead and the local Accelerator Manager develops formats and offers for funders and especially corporates
  • Acquisition of new accelerator partners and engaging them in accelerator network activities
  • Represents the accelerator at external events or conferences
  • Collaborate with the local Innovation team in supporting entrepreneurial offers for our established partner organizations (large and small companies, research institutions) and
  • creating synergies across partners and start-ups


Person Specification

We are looking for a person who ideally combines a corporate background, startup/ accelerator management experience, climate/ cleantech know-how and ability to create synergies across different stakeholders. More specifically, we look for:

  • More than 2 years work experience, ideally incl. experience at an accelerator or related startup driven organization
  • Solid experience in programme set-up and event management in entrepreneurship or related fields
  • Strong networks in the startup/ investor field, especially in Germany
  • Good understanding of necessary startup knowledge and investor scene
  • Good understanding of the climate innovation / cleantech space, passion to address these challenges through innovation, desired
  • Experience and ability to work with an international team and in a multidisciplinary context
  • Fluent in English and German
  • Thrives in a dynamic team environment
  • Highly self-motivated and driven
  • Positive attitude and enthusiasm to learn
  • Flexible and embracing of change


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 more than 150 partner organizations in Europe. Initially, this is a fixed-term 1-year position with a clear intention to prolong. Please submit your CV (maximum 3 pages) and an application letter in English (maximum 2 pages) outlining your suitability for the role  highlighting relevant experience to support your application. Applications should reach by close of business on 15 April 2016. Please state your earliest availability and salary expectations. We are Dynamic • Passionate • Engaging • Open • Inspiring • Excellent • Empowering