VC Manager @ University of Wisconsin in Madison, WI

The Creative Destruction Lab (CDL), originated at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, is one of the world’s premier seed stage programs for massively scalable science-based ventures. The program has created more than $2 billion in equity in less than six years targeting companies that have the potential to transform our social, industrial, and economic landscape.

Venture Managers are responsible for supporting CDL Site operations; focusing on venture recruiting, providing business development support to CDL Ventures, and leading initiatives to support the growth and continuous improvement of the program.

Position Duties

List of Duties

Institutional Statement On Diversity

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background – people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion

Degree And Area Of Specialization

Bachelors in Business, Business Commerce, or related degree. Masters (in progress or completd) in Business Administration, Business Commerce, or related degree preferred. Degrees in STEM are also preferred.

The Following Experience Listed Is Preferred

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

  • technology background
  • Work experience working with startups, technology companies, or venture capital is an asset
  • Strong analytical ability and understanding of business models and drivers of success in startups

across several verticals

  • Ability to analyze and systematically evaluate ventures ? proficiency with financial modeling,

conducting market analysis, and strategic planning is an asset

  • Experience and confidence working with high performing teams and multiple stakeholders
  • Entrepreneurial and highly motivated with strong interest in startups and venture capital
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English
  • Passion to consistently meet or exceed performance objectives
  • Collaborative work ethic with willingness to work independently and autonomously
  • Organized with project management experience

Additional Information

Diversity and inclusion are primary values for the Wisconsin School of Business and are integral to achieving our strategic goals. We seek candidates with an awareness of and commitment to the principles of diversity and inclusion across all spectrums. Our school is committed to continuously increasing the cultural competence of its staff and faculty members through school-wide forums and professional development opportunities.



Work Type

Full Time: 100%

Appointment Type, Duration



Minimum $57,000 ANNUAL (12 months)

Depending On Qualifications

Instructions to Applicants:


When constructing the cover letter, please address your specific qualifications and experience in the following areas

Please complete the online application and attach a cover letter addressing your qualifications and experiences specifically relating to the responsibilities of this position along with a comprehensive resume.

  • Experience building relationships with centers of innovation in the ecosystem; including universities, venture capital funds, incubators & accelerators, and tech associations.
  • Experience working with scientists, researchers, or startup companies.

Our search committee will review all application materials after the posted deadline. We will notify selected applicants to participate further in the selection process directly. We will notify all applicants once the search is completed and we have selected a top candidate.

If interested, please apply here.

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