Seedstars is a global organization with headquarters in Switzerland and a presence in 80+ emerging markets. We are on a mission to impact people’s lives in emerging markets through technology and entrepreneurship. Our initiatives are focused on connecting stakeholders within these ecosystems, building tech companies from scratch and investing in the top entrepreneurs.
About our Gender Equity Efforts
Women entrepreneurs face multiple challenges to access finance, with an estimated $42 billion financing gap for African women across business value chains (AfDB). In Africa enterprises led by women were able to raise only 3.2% of the venture capital funding available (Briter Bridges). It is documented that when women business owners pitch their ideas to investors for early-stage capital, they receive significantly less, yet businesses founded by women ultimately deliver higher revenue—more than twice as much per dollar invested—than those founded by men (Boston Consulting Group, 2018). In addition, according to the UN, Women have been found to re-invest up to 90% of their earnings at a personal level back into their families and communities compared to 35% for men. Because of this, women are in many ways the backbone of African society and there is huge potential for women entrepreneurs, creating employment for themselves and others. By consequence, supporting more women-led entrepreneurs in Africa is not just a moral imperative, but an important economic imperative as well.
We believe that women belong in all places where decisions are made (RBG), and that their empowerment, beyond being a moral imperative, is crucial to the sustainable development of emerging economies. We are committed to empowering women both internally as a company, and at work through access to entrepreneurial education, funding and network.
What we do about it
We aim to lead by example by striving for gender equality in all activities. This applies to our internal hiring and promotion of talent and extends to the women-led enterprises participating in our programs and competitions, as well as the juries, investors and mentors working with the businesses. We work with public and private partners to run women entrepreneurial empowerment programs to increase women participation in emerging economies while advocating for Gender Lens Investing.
Your main objective will be to
(1) Provide 1:1 mentoring to growth-stage startups
(2) Develop & deliver relevant content in webinar / workshop format
(3) Manage EIRs & mentors across all cohorts
(4) Manage the Seedstars Mentors Network; all with the aim to deliver a transformative experience to startups
(5) Making sure that we track, monitor, and evaluate all necessary data points throughout the program
The success of this role will be measured by (1) % growth of North-Star Metric across a cohort of startups in batch (2) Feedback on EIRs & Mentors, (3) % objectives achieved for a startup for each batch (defined by the startup at the beginning of the program), and (4) # High-Quality Mentors in the Network.
Your core responsibilities will be:
Why our employees love working with us:
We are an equal opportunity employer and since we have more than 40 nationalities represented in our company, we truly value diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.