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 €m150 per year in funding. The Accelerator Manager Vienna is accountable for the delivery of the programme in Austria in strong collaboration with her/his colleagues in Germany and Switzerland.

Key responsibilities include:

Programme Implementation, Monitoring & Improvement
  • Be the first point of contact for all Austrian 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 other locations and C-KIC programmes 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 entrepreneurship and innovation management, 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 Austrian startup ecosystem is a plus
  • Self-starter, the Climate-KIC Austria branch has only formally started recently
  • 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 by close of business on 22 August 2018.
Please state your earliest availability and salary expectations.

Hard Facts

Job type: Full-time
Hours / week: 40 h
Salary: 47.000,00 Euro / Year (Competitive for Not for Profit organisation)
Location: Vienna