Accelerator Program Manager

The Accelerator Program Manager ensures the success of The Venture Center’s Accelerator programs by actively recruiting and screening startups, ensuring day-to-day Accelerator operations are carried out, identifying and nurturing strategic relationships with partners, investors, and other key persons, and planning and communicating Accelerator program and events to program stakeholders. In addition, the program manager looks for opportunities to grow the program and gain better outcomes for participants companies.

The Program Manager maintains goods relationships between The Venture Center and corporate partner staff. The Program Manager occasionally works closely with VP and senior-level, corporate executives to identify/anticipate needs and communicate vision and solutions. The Program Manager, working in concert with the Managing Director, helps meet the corporate sponsors’ short and long term goals. The Program Manager works in collaboration with and under the direction of The Venture Center’s overall team to achieve these goals.

The Program Manager enables a partner-backed entrepreneurial innovation and startup Accelerator program. The Venture Center strategizes and operates accelerators that ensure entrepreneurs and corporations are competitive in rapidly changing technology landscapes. Understanding the power of entrepreneurial innovation, corporations partner with The Venture Center as a component of innovation strategy, to cultivate corporate entrepreneurial culture, and obtain access to some of the most exciting and innovative startups in their industry.

The Venture Center runs world-class programs, such as its VC FinTech Accelerator Program, This program is changing the way the financial technology sector innovates by collaborating with the largest financial technology company in the world - FIS.

With the mission of establishing a sustainable entrepreneurial ecosystem, The Venture Center conducts a wide variety of entrepreneurial programming. From carefully curated local networking programs to large programs with international scope, The Program Manager will have an opportunity to flex their skills across numerous levels of exposure and engagement. All programs feed into our strategic, four stage growth process that provides a framework for entrepreneurs from idea validation through scale-up, and creates a roadmap to high growth, investable businesses.

The position reports to the Managing Director. This position is full-time.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work with other team members to build and execute Accelerator program(s)

  • Actively recruit early-stage companies and startups to apply to program online, using social networks, open source search, and utilizing other tools

  • Assist with screening of companies and founders

  • Collaborate with Marketing to develop recruitment & marketing plans

  • Manage entrepreneurs, set expectations, communicate weekly & daily agendas

  • In collaboration with The Venture Center team, design events and engagements for entrepreneurs to achieve specific outcomes

  • Maintain master plan to keep team aligned

  • Construct operational decks (presentations) to keep internal and external stakeholders aligned

  • Coordinate with partners to plan and execute public events

  • Construct Run of Show for engagements & events to ensure seamless execution

  • Develop long-term strategic plans and coordinate on execution

  • Stay informed on latest industry trends and technology applications

  • Develop and maintain relationships to improve deal-flow for recruitment

  • Identify new strategic relationships with partners and sponsors

  • Recruit and manage interns

  • Ensure satisfaction and retention of corporate partners

  • Resolve issues and challenges impeding the success of The Venture Center or our corporate partners

Minimum Qualifications

  • Strong interest in the discourse around technology, startups, entrepreneurship, venture capital

  • Comfortable with a variety of responsibilities. Assist with writing copy, developing promotional materials, coordinating with bank executives, managing program entrepreneurs.

  • Familiarity with and understanding of CRM tools

  • Intense focus on details while managing the big picture

  • 2-5 years in fast-paced project or program management focused position

  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university

  • Willingness to travel - Position requires 5% travel

  • You are incredibly self-driven, organized and detail oriented

  • Calendar Management in a fast-paced environment

  • Willing to learn and tackle new problems - use initiative and creativity to find new solutions

  • Self driven but also a team player. Identify areas for improvement and take initiative!!

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience as well as familiarity with the early-stage, venture-backed company ecosystem is preferred

  • Professional presentation and speaking skills

  • Experience interacting with corporate accounts and engaging with high level executives

  • Familiarity with the corporate and startup world and are able to act as a “translator”

  • Comfortable with a minimal amount of direction but high expectations

  • Fits The Venture Center culture (people-oriented, adaptable, supportive, creative)

You’ll Fit In If (Qualities for Success)

  • You love to make big things happen

  • You work hard (and play hard)

  • You like to work with a team of rockstars with high expectations, but equally high laughter/fun quotient.

  • You’re driven by learning and trying something new.

  • (Last but not least) You’re a nice person.

Perks and Compensation

  • Competitive salary commensurate with experience

  • Flexible Time Off Policy

  • Exposure to C-suite leaders, top policy-makers and officials.

  • Connections to Venture Center’s network of entrepreneurs, investors, mentors & business leaders

  • Work in an exciting environment and attend great events as part of the job

  • Gain entrepreneurial skill sets / access to The Venture Center’s training and curriculum

About The Venture Center

The Venture Center is a business-focused nonprofit with a vision to create an engine for economic growth in Central Arkansas. A best-in-class Mentorship Network along with a comprehensive Pre-Accelerator program and corporate, industry-focused Accelerator Programs leverage The Venture Center’s expertise in innovation to serve member startups, corporate partners, and the investment community. In the first two and a half years, member companies have created more than 445 jobs and have raised a combined $38.9 million in capital. As a clear leader, The Venture Center is shaping the economic development of the state and region. For more information, visit

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