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Program Manager, Amsterdam

Techstars

Techstars

Operations
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Posted on Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Location: Hybrid, Amsterdam Central

Program Manager - ABN AMRO

The Program Manager (PM) is the operational backbone of the Accelerator program team. The PM’s focus is on program operations and execution of the Techstars playbook to deliver the best possible program experience for founders, mentors, partners, investors and other stakeholders.

PMs are responsible for ensuring the operational success of the full accelerator cycle from company sourcing through Demo Day. This includes event management, utilizing tools/developing processes to manage program data, building and scheduling the 3-month programming calendar, execution of Demo Day, and recruiting, hiring, training, and management of seasonally hired Associates. The Program Manager is also responsible for collaborating closely with our corporate partner to support their goals within the accelerator.

Throughout the year PMs have the opportunity to work across the Techstars network, support cross-collaborative projects, focus on professional development and career growth, and work with colleagues from all around the world. The PM will be both internally focused working in support of founders in-program, and externally focused on behalf of the founders to the broader community of alumni, investors, and mentors.

The PM will have oversight of the Techstars application process logistics and the management of the program. In addition, this role will maintain strong bonds with the startups, acting as a resource and looking out for relevant opportunities to support their success.

Responsibilities:

  • Work with the team to develop the program plan and own the overall responsibility for the successful execution of both accelerator programs, including end of program celebrations and Demo Day
  • Ensure the program is following best practices and executing upon outlined content and curriculum of the Techstars playbook
  • Deliver the best possible accelerator experience to founders, mentors, partners, investors and other stakeholders as measured by NPS and company performance
  • Manage the logistics for the program calendar, mentor schedules, investor meetups, demo day and ensure the founders, mentors, speakers, partners, and investors are fully informed about all program facing activities
  • Manage the logistics of the application, screening, and onboarding process
  • Implement network events/programs to support founders and alumni both during program and outside of program
  • Support relationship management with partner and Techstars’ Global Network Partners
  • Recruit, hire and manage the seasonal Associate team as needed
  • Develop relationships with entrepreneurial support organizations, the Techstars perk network, and the cross Techstars network that can support our founders
  • Share new best practices with the Techstars’ team globally as you identify areas for innovation and improvement
  • Represent Techstars in the local community and ecosystem
  • As time permits, and as experience grows, source and evaluate potential investments related to the program themes, including market research, competitive analysis, investment memo development.
  • Support the development of a strong pipeline of startups with diverse and underrepresented founders

Qualifications and Skills

Required Experience / Knowledge + Skills

  • A genuine passion for technology and startups, an entrepreneurial mindset, and an insatiable desire to always be learning
  • Extensive experience in fast-paced environments with a focus on event planning, business operations, and/or project management
  • Strong interest in the discourse around technology, startups, entrepreneurship, and venture capital
  • Good verbal and written communication skills in English
  • Located in Amsterdam
  • Steakholder Management

Core Required Attributes (Abilities, Values, Leadership Qualities)

  • Extraordinary ability for self-learning and learning by doing, with a demonstrated ability of learning from available documentation and quickly applying it with little direction
  • Proven attention to detail through prior work or life experience
  • Comfortable working in ambiguity but with high expectations
  • Can anticipate the needs and requests of multiple stakeholders
  • Systems thinker with an eye for things that do not scale and the capability to design new processes and systems for implementation across programs
  • Strong interest in the discourse around technology, startups, entrepreneurship, and venture capital
  • Strong emotional intelligence, active listening skills, and high level of empathy

Preferred Experience

  • Experience running / organising accelerator programs
  • Advanced skills with Excel or Google Sheets, Docs, and Slides are a plus
  • Experience working with "No Code" and automation tools like Airtable, Zapier, etc., are a plus
  • Experience working in/with early stage companies or other roles that demonstrate experience in above responsibilities

We encourage you to apply even if you do not meet 100% of the qualifications.

Compensation: €55,000.00 - €64,000.00

About Techstars

Techstars is the most active pre-seed investor in the world having invested through its accelerators in more than 3,700 companies. Founded in 2006, Techstars believes that entrepreneurs create a better future for everyone and great ideas can come from anywhere. Now we are on a mission to invest in an unprecedented number of startups per year enabling more capital to flow to more entrepreneurs around the world. We do this by operating accelerator programs and venture capital funds, as well as by connecting startups, investors, corporations, and cities to help build thriving startup communities. www.techstars.com

Techstars is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, age, national origin, religion, physical or mental handicaps or disabilities, marital status, Veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity nor any other basis prohibited by law.

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