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Entrepreneur in Residence Africa

About the Seedstars Group

Seedstars is a global investment holding with headquarters in Switzerland, 15 offices and a presence in 80+ emerging markets.We are on a mission to impact people’s lives in emerging markets through technology and entrepreneurship. The group is organised around two key activities: 

(1) Working in partnership with governments, development agencies, corporate partners, and private donors to develop emerging market entrepreneurship ecosystems, create jobs and fuel economic growth.

(2) Investing in high growth technology companies in impactful sectors in emerging and frontier markets and supporting them with capital, knowledge and introductions.

To learn more about Seedstars, check out our story and values, and tune-in to the newsroom.

About the Programs Team 

The Programs team alongside Labs and Investments are the central squads that make up the capacity building tribe at Seedstars. The Programs team’s key activity is to provide enterprise support through the execution of structured programs to make sure entrepreneurs have the knowledge, network, and services to scale. The Programs team operates as a critical revenue generator for Seedstars by developing tailored solutions to address unique challenges faced by startups and entrepreneurs around the globe. The Program squad is the fastest growing business unit in Seedstars and is composed of a Head of Global Programs, a Global Startup Growth Lead, and eight full time Program Managers, 3 Program Management Contractors and 4 local Entrepreneur in Residences and Innovation Experts. The team works in close collaboration with many business units throughout the group, including Global Partnerships Management, Regional Heads of Sales, and Finance.

About the job

We are hiring an Entrepreneur in Residence to join an exciting project which aims to support enterprises across Africa. Your main objective will be to (1) create and develop various training programs, (2) create and develop programs squad network of mentors and experts and (3) increase the maturity level of the innovation ecosystem in the region. This role can be done remotely. Preference given to candidates based in Africa. 

Key responsibilities

  • Creation and development of various training programs with all required materials
  • Programs “localisation” and management (content, mentors, bootcamps, events, general agenda)
  • Sourcing and management of a network of mentors and experts.
  • The candidate will be responsible for delivering various training adapted to the local market needs in each country where we are present.
  • Identify areas for program innovation and improvement and share with central acceleration program team
  • Startup outreach, application screening, and assistance with the selection
  • Tracking and reporting of batch progress
  • Mentoring multiple startups simultaneously
  • Represent Seedstars in startup community
  • Coordinate with the local General Manager to leverage the existing network and resources for implementation and B2B sales

Your profile

  • Mindset 
    • You have a passion for startups and technology, particularly in emerging markets and in the field of entrepreneurship and innovation
    • You have a strong belief in getting things done - You have to be comfortable working alone and capable to prioritize and make things happen
  • Experience
    • Strong operational and business development background 
    • Experience creating and managing programs/events 
    • Business / startup / investment experience 
    • Deep understanding of startup methodologies (testing / experimentation design, fundraising etc ) as well as up to date knowledge of the latest tools (Analytics, SEM/CEO/Email/Social marketing etc.)
  • Nice to have
    • Mentor and/or advisor experience
    • Crypto/Blockchain experience
    • Africa expertise

Why our employees love working with us

  • We are on a mission which is bigger than all of us: to impact people’s lives in emerging markets
  • You get many growth opportunities and responsibilities early on
  • You work in an entrepreneurial culture where you’re surrounded by a vibrant and diverse team
  • We offer autonomy and flexibility with a flat hierarchy and a strong belief that responsible people should have the freedom to do their work when and how they want
  • We were awarded as one of the most democratic workplaces in the world due to our freedom centered practices 

We are an equal opportunity employer with a diverse mix of nationalities and backgrounds represented in our company. We truly value diversity and believe that the cultural landscape of our organization should reflect the types of work that we engage in and the places that we do it. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status and strongly encourage applicants from historically underrepresented groups to apply to all of our roles at Seedstars

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