VC Associate @ Larta Institute in Los Angeles, CA

Larta Institute

Larta Institute is a non-profit organization accelerating innovation and entrepreneurship.

Our mission is to foster science and technology innovation for a sustainable planet.

Our planet is experiencing significant global problems created by human behavior and policies affecting the environment, food, education, energy, and healthcare systems. New science and technology play a critical role in transforming how we sustainably feed, fuel, and heal the world.

LARTA was founded in 1993, with funding by the State of California as a Los Angeles Regional Technology Alliance to stimulate the economic development of technology-based enterprises in Southern California. LARTA quickly became the national partner for numerous federal government agencies to commercialize novel research and innovation – including DARPA, NIH, DOE, NSF, NIST, NOAA, and USDA.

Today, our innovation platform and ecosystem accelerate new science and technology from idea to sustainable enterprise – by providing a unique combination of connections, resources, and funding. We have helped over 6,000 startups, and our alumni have raised over $6.5 billion in funds.

What is the role?

The Program Associate will assist in all aspects of planning, development, delivery, monitoring and control of LARTA’s new Venture Fellows program.

The Venture Fellows program will fund diverse innovators and community-based solutions to combat the impacts of climate change. The program is designed to support diverse women- and minority-led ideas, creating more resilient, equitable, and sustainable communities in U.S. cities.

With a theme focused on “Entrepreneurs vs. Climate Change,” the Venture Fellows program is focused on supporting ideas aligned to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that can be translated into startup ventures (for-profit, social enterprise, or non-profit models) and then scaled nationally for impact.

Through the initial pilot program, a total of 10 sponsored ‘Venture Fellows’ will be selected to participate in two U.S. cities — Los Angeles and Miami. The nine-month program in Los Angeles and Miami will begin in April 2023.

Learn more about the program:

What would my day look like?

· Provide support to key members of the Program team at LARTA to plan, execute and monitor and control the Venture Fellows program.

· Manage day-to-day program’s operational tasks ensuring timely execution of agreed upon deliverables.

· Facilitate execution of the program curriculum, including group cohort sessions, expert workshops, 1:1 mentoring, needs assessments of program participants, and operationalization of in-community trial/pilot demonstrations.

· Assist Program Manager in updating and maintaining detailed program plan in Asana

· QA/QC of all program deliverables and reporting.

· Collection and consolidation of program and impact metrics for program monthly and annual reports that get submitted to sponsors and clients.

· Tracking companies to watch out for, success stories and documenting case studies.

· Assist in recruitment campaigns.

· Coordination of program surveys, data analysis, and interpretation of results. Prepare and coordinate customer satisfaction surveys.

· Assist in program status reports for Larta Executive reviews.

· Make suggestions and issue IT tickets to improve LARTA’s internal information systems.

· Assist the Program Manager in drafting content for webinars and other presentations as needed.

· Special projects as required (e.g., documentation of workflow processes, development of standard operating procedures).

· Event Logistics – assist in planning and execution of all logistical aspects of Venture Fellows cohort delivery events, (virtual and in-person), including but not limited to office hours, webinars, industry salons, demo days, investor networking meetings, non-dilutive grant and capital readiness meetings, and all incubator/accelerator programmatic events.

· Additional duties as assigned.

What skills and experience does Larta require?

· Bachelor’s degree (preferably in management, entrepreneurship, innovation, technology-related fields and/or business).

· Minimum 1-2 years professional work experience in Program/Project Management, Innovation, or related fields.

· Interest in new science & technology start-ups, innovation, entrepreneurship, emerging companies, and ventures preferred.

· Excellent oral and written communication skills.

· Strong proficiency in program management tools such as Asana, as well as Office 365, specifically Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.

· Skilled in data analytics and presenting data with charts, graphs, and other tools.

· Ability to thrive under pressure while simultaneously managing multiple issues and assignments in a fast-paced environment.

· Ability to collaborate with a culturally diverse staff across teams and with effective interpersonal skills.

What we offer!

Larta Institute offers a competitive and attractive compensation and benefits package, as follows:

  • Full-time employment within a mission-driven, non-profit organization
  • An open, diverse, and inclusive culture, with a commitment to job stability and personal growth
  • Opportunities dedicated to personal and professional development
  • Performance bonus potential
  • Paid vacation, holiday, and sick time
  • Paid time off for one week during the end of year holidays
  • Health insurance coverage, with low employee premium contribution
  • 401(k) with employer match
  • Subsidized parking or transportation
  • Monthly reimbursement on data package (internet/mobile)

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Larta Institute is committed to providing an accessible, safe, respectful, and welcoming environment for all. Our Anti-Discrimination Policy aims to ensure that all members of the Larta Institute community – including our staff, startup founders, mentors, government officials, industry executives, investors, speakers, sponsors, donors, advisory board members, and other community members – are treated with dignity and respect in an open culture that is free from harassment, discrimination, violence, and other inappropriate conduct.

Larta Institute is committed to diversity, equitable access, and inclusion.

Employment Status: Exempt

Salary range: $65,000 – $70,000

Seniority Level: Associate [LDR1]


This job description is a summary of the primary duties and responsibilities of the job and position. It is not intended to be a comprehensive or all-inclusive listing of duties and responsibilities. Contents are subject to change at management’s discretion.

Larta Institute is an equal employment opportunity employer. We consider individuals for employment or promotion according to their skills, abilities, and experience. We believe that it is an essential part of Larta’s overall commitment to attract, hire and develop a strong, talented, and diverse workforce. Larta Institute is committed to complying with all applicable laws prohibiting discrimination as defined by both California and federal laws.