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Startup Growth Lead for Gender Equity Team Africa

About Seedstars

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. 

Our position

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.

Key responsibilities

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: 

  • Creating and developing various training programs for startups with all required materials
  • Mentoring startups on a weekly 1-on-1 basis
  • Recruiting & managing quality of mentors and additional EiRs for the program
  • Tracking, monitoring, evaluating & reporting the progress of cohorts
  • Assisting with application screening and selection process
  • Assisting the Program Managers with curriculum development for programs
  • Delivering trainings and workshops tailored to the program and startup requirements
  • Identify areas for program innovation and improvement and share with the central programs team
  • Managing the Seedstars Mentor Network
  • Supporting Startups with their challenges either through your expertise or connecting them to the right profiles from the Mentor Network

Your profile

  • Previous founding / co-founding experience of a growth-stage startup (> $50k MRR)
  • Deep knowledge and application of the most common innovation and entrepreneurship frameworks/methodologies (lean startup, value proposition canvas, growth methodology, rapid experimentation,...)
  • Deep understanding of the latest tools in marketing, sales, user behavior, analytics, etc. that startups use on a regular basis. 
  • Proven expertise in at least two core areas of business (Product / Marketing / Tech / Operations / Customer Success / etc) with a better-than-average understanding of other areas
  • Proven leadership capabilities in past roles
  • Proven ability to mentor startups on a vast array of topics (testimonials would be helpful) 
  • Passion for startups and technology, particularly in emerging markets
  • Strong belief in getting things done - We are nomads traveling around the world so it is important to have drive, ownership and execution. Working in remote with an international team, you have to be comfortable working alone and capable to prioritize and make things happen

Why our employees love working with us:

  • We were awarded as one of the most democratic workplaces in the world due to our freedom-centered practices (read here: seedsta.rs/worldblu)
  • We are on a mission to impact people’s lives in emerging markets
  • You get many growth opportunities and responsibilities early on. It’s one of the perks of a fast-growing international company
  • You work in an entrepreneurial culture where you’re surrounded by a young and diverse team
  • We strive by giving autonomy and flexibility to our teams. We have a flat hierarchy and a strong belief that responsible people should have the freedom to do their work when and how they want

 

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. 

 

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