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Venture Acceleration Manager – imec.istart NL

Engineering - Wageningen | More than two weeks ago

To be the trusted contact of our start-ups, alumni, and venture teams and jumpstart them into a promising future.

Venture Acceleration Manager – imec.istart

As a Venture Acceleration Manager you will be part of the imec.istart.nl team, which supports startups, spin-offs, and venture teams in their growth (from start-up to exit), you will act as a coach and advisor to various high-tech and deep tech start-ups and spin-offs in the imec.istart.nl program. In this role you will actively make connections with research groups within imec Netherlands and the (knowledge) partners of imec.istart.nl and, together with them, identify interesting high-tech and deep tech startups and spin-offs for participation in the imec.istart.nl program and imec's venture building activities. You will help build and strengthen the Dutch tech startup ecosystem. The imec.istart.nl team has 3 beautiful locations as a permanent base, namely Eindhoven (Holst Centre), Wageningen /Nijmegen (OnePlanet) or Enschede (Novel-T).

What you will do

Your main responsibilities will be:

  • Screen potential start-ups and spin-offs and give entrepreneurial advice.
  • Guide high-tech and deep tech start-ups and spin-offs that are supported in the imec.istart.nl acceleration program with advice and action, as part of the team of venture acceleration managers.
  • Supervise high-tech and deep tech venture teams in the imec ecosystem.
  • Help in a positive way to create awareness for the acceleration program of imec.istart.nl.
  • Stimulate students and researchers to work as entrepreneurs.
  • Represent imec.istart.nl in the local and international landscape and work together with the various partners of imec (The Netherlands).
  • Build relationships with local and international partners and contribute to setting up and executing projects with these partners, always with tech start-ups as a common thread.
  • Based on your interest and professional experience, you will closely follow the trends and innovations within the technology sector.

What we do for you

Since 2015, imec.istart has been named Europe's best university-linked accelerator program and the number 4 in the world. It is one of Europe's most successful acceleration programs for young technology startups. In 2021, imec.istart started its activities in the Netherlands. To strengthen the Dutch team, we are looking for an imec.istart Venture Acceleration Manager deep tech to help build and support the program and its operation in the Netherlands. We offer you the chance to be part of one of the world's most important research centers in nanotechnology, imec. With your talent, passion, and expertise, you are part of a team that makes the impossible possible. Together we shape the technology that will determine the society of tomorrow.

We strive to be an inclusive employer (http://www.imec-int.com/en/careers#diversity) and are proud of our open, multicultural and informal work environment with ample opportunities to take initiative and show responsibility. In everything we do, your future colleagues are guided by the imec values of passion, excellence, connectedness, and integrity.

We are committed to supporting and guiding you in this; not only with words but also with tangible deeds. Through imec.academy, 'our business university’, we actively invest in your development to promote your technical and personal growth. We are aware that your valuable contribution makes imec a top player in its field. Your energy and commitment are therefore appreciated by means of a competitive salary with numerous extra benefits.

Who you are

  • You work and think at the Master’s level.
  • You have 5+ years of relevant work experience, preferably in a technology-based entrepreneurial environment such as a KTO organization or as a business developer in a high-tech company.
  • Experience in running a start-up is a big plus.
  • You are by nature an enthusiastic networker and a bridge builder with persuasive power.
  • You are a real team player and have experience in working in a multidisciplinary team.
  • You combine a hands-on approach with a helicopter view and achieve objectives in an efficient way.
  • You are looking for a varied job in paid employment and in a stimulating environment.
  • You can communicate effectively in English, both written and verbal.
  • Some travel is expected in this role. 


Does this position sound like an interesting next step in your career at imec? Don’t hesitate to submit your application by clicking on ‘APPLY NOW’.
Should you have more questions about the job, you can contact Frank Wolfs, Talent Acquisition Lead. You can reach Frank via +31(0)6-50837563. If you wish to apply then please submit your full resume and a motivational letter.