For our Accelerator programs, we’re looking for a hands-on mastermind to develop Rockstart’s domain AgriFood program further and bring it to the next level. In close collaboration with the AgriFood team, you will expand the domain ecosystem by connecting with the right people, introducing new companies as ecosystem partners and onboarding complementary energy mentors to fill the gaps in our network. To achieve this you will be joining internal and external events to represent Rockstart and grow the community. Whilst the Program Associate is focused on planning and executing the program with its Deep Dive Weeks, you will be giving your input to make sure the startups’ needs are covered within the program. Therefore you will closely work together with the startups and Funds team to stay on top of things whilst managing and getting input from the AgriFood mentor pool as well. Working both independently and with your team, you will ensure that the program hits its targets on time, execution is of high quality and startup satisfaction levels are reached.
Your main responsibilities will be:
Being in the lead of running the AgriFood Accelerator Program at Rockstart;
Building the domain ecosystem by managing and expanding the network stakeholders (mentors and ecosystem partners);
Engage with the Alumni community and support them where needed;
Execute the company-wide stakeholder engagement strategies within the Domain;
Aligning the team around strategy, goals and overseeing the program execution;
Integrating the startups and Funds needs into the program;
Managing the Program Associate;
Representing the program during internal and external events;
Looking for continuous improvements to the process as the program progresses and capture this knowledge to share with relevant teams.
What makes you the perfect candidate?
You are a real startup lover who knows how to stay on top of things and find smarter ways to do them. You get a buzz from networking, finding solutions, and see challenges as an opportunity. Your analytical brain can identify areas where optimisation is needed, while your creative brain loves to think along with, support and guide the startups and your team. You love improving content and efficiency. You enjoy speaking in front of gathered groups of mentors and coaches whilst representing what your company stands for. And last but not least you love building strong and meaningful connections because you enjoy working with people.
Must have requirements:
University Degree (perferebly Master’s);
You have some knowledge and deep interest in the AgriFood startup space;
You have 3+ years of experience in operations, project management and/or events in a startup environment, preferably with the AgriFood industry focus;
You are a strong communicator who gains energy from networking and meeting people;
You’re tech-savvy and strive for efficiency;
You have experience of running teams of 1-3 people;
You have a proactive, entrepreneurial, results-oriented attitude with an ability to work effectively in a fast-paced organization.
You are fluent in English;
You are well connected in the AgriFood domain and have an existing network to corporates, startups and companies who want to drive the energy transition towards a regenerative and sustainable future. Additionally, you like to present and connect with people easily.
Availability: 40 hours per week.
Duration: This is a long-term position. We’ll start with a temporary contract.
Remuneration: Based on experience and knowledge.
Location: Copenhagen or Remote Denmark (under the Danish contract)
If you have any further questions about the role, please don’t hesitate to contact Trixie Morrow (firstname.lastname@example.org).
*The successful applicant are subject to reference checks and the condition that the applicant obtains a Certificate of Good Conduct (Verklaring Omtrent het Gedrag (VOG)) that makes the Employee suitable to perform the duties referred to in this employment agreement.
A bit about Rockstart
Rockstart launched in 2011 in Amsterdam as one of Europe’s first startup accelerators. Today, Rockstart is an international Accelerator-VC that supports and empowers the best startups on their way to success across four domains: Energy, Health, AgriFood, and Emerging Technologies in Europe and Latin America. Rockstart provides startups with access to capital, market, community and expertise by connecting them to partners, investors, mentors and the wider Rockstart network. Since 2019, Rockstart has transformed from a small micro VC to a larger established early stage investor with funds and team members in multiple countries (Netherlands, Denmark, Colombia) and investments all across the world. Recently, it launched two early stage funds - one within AgriFood (~€22m) and one within Energy (~€22m) and by the end of 2022, Rockstart aims to have raised two more funds accumulating to above €100m in assets under management in 2021.
Rockstart also creates programs that are customized to boost collaboration between startups and corporates, driving faster access to co-creation, commercial partnerships and investment. Rockstart has experience in designing and executing programs for several Fortune 500 corporations throughout the world.
Since its inception, Rockstart has invested in almost 250 startups and supported them in their journey to raise more than €90 million and hire more than 700 people. Rockstart is an international team of 30+ professionals dedicated to empowering founders to become scalable and change the world for the better.