VC Lead @ 500 Startups in Berlin, Germany

500 Startups – a leading global venture capital firm and startup accelerator – is seeking an entrepreneurial, adaptable professional to help expand its Corporate Innovation business throughout the European region, with an initial focus on corporate partners based in or operating out of Germany.

The 500 Ecosystems team works with governments, large enterprises, and foundations in

    • Building startup ecosystems throughout the world
    • Educating individual and corporate investors in venture capital
    • Facilitating mutually-beneficial relationships between startups and corporates
    • Our worldwide footprint and deep expertise in working with startups allow us to provide unparalleled access and advice to our partners.


Our work has included

    • Helping technology companies build their presence in the startup ecosystem and drive adoption of new platforms
    • Supporting corporate partners in developing early-stage venture investment deal flow
    • Developing custom executive education programs on venture investment and open innovation
    • Bringing the best practices and knowledge of Silicon Valley to other domestic and international markets in the form of bootcamps and accelerators
    • Building bridges between Silicon Valley and other markets through exchange programs for founders


To help drive this business forward, we are looking for an ambitious professional to support expansion in the European region. Success in this role will require a distinctive blend of strategic thinking, commercial ability, and grit. You will

    • Work directly with our Head of Corporate Innovation to drive business expansion throughout the region, helping establish 500 Startups as a top provider of corporate-startup services and programs
    • Develop creative solutions to help meet partner needs using 500’s broad range of resources (this may include the end-to-end proposal process, from content development to contracting)
    • Manage and implement innovation programs in the region, with help of other members of client services team
    • Contribute to the Europe regional strategy of the 500 Ecosystems business



You are a good fit if you

    • Have 6+ years of client-facing experience, especially in professional or corporate services
    • Are passionate about technology, startups, and innovation
    • Have experience launching and scaling new client offerings, especially in a services business
    • Are confident in building relationships with senior executives
    • Are naturally collaborative and can bring in stakeholders from different teams to help close deals
    • Can maintain high-quality work product while operating under tight timelines
    • Eat ambiguity and change for breakfast
    • Proficiency in German and English
    • Pre-existing work authorisation in the EU required
    • Travel up to 50% of the time


Nice to have

    • Experience working in/with corporate innovation teams and government agencies
    • Familiarity with the venture capital industry and/or strategy consulting
    • Track record of strong performance in a startup or other entrepreneurial environment
    • Experience living and/or working outside of your home country
    • MBA or other advanced degree
    • Knowledge of additional European languages



  • Unlimited PTO
  • International training
  • Annual global retreat

If interested, please apply here.

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