Programme Manager – Accelerator Cooperations – Berlin

Climate-KIC DACH
20 Dec 2018
Regional Accelerator Lead
Competitive for Not-for-Profit Organisation
As soon as possible

Business Background

EIT Climate-KIC (Knowledge and Innovation Community) is the EU’s largest public-private partnership addressing climate change through innovation. Our community consists of over 300 leading partners from business, academia, the public sector and NGOs. Our purpose is to help create a prosperous, inclusive, climate resilient society founded on a circular, zero-carbon economy.

We focus on levers of systemic change, looking for where innovation is most needed to accelerate deep decarbonisation (elimination of fossil fuels and negative carbon) and effective adaptation. EIT Climate-KIC is predominantly grant-funded by the European Institute for Innovation and Technology, a body of the European Union and acts as a platform to work across boundaries and across sectors, fostering innovation as a catalyst for transformation. We:

  • provide funding,
  • facilitate the creation of innovation consortia,
  • work together with our partners to take a portfolio approach to innovation options,
  • challenge and seek to enrich business model design,
  • offer tailored support for experimentation, implementation and scaling, and
  • incubate very early stage ideation and pre-seed innovation.

To make ourselves accessible to key actors and ‘challenge owners’, we work along four priority themes: urban transitions, sustainable land use, sustainable production systems, and decision metrics and climate finance. In all four areas, we place an emphasis on entrepreneurship and innovation design, on education as a driver of behavioural change through new skills and capabilities and on policy innovation. We run programmes for students, start-ups and innovators across Europe via centres in major cities and regions, convening a community of excellence in people and organisations.

We balance strategic innovation, aimed at renewing core business models, with a significant portfolio of bottom-up innovation – e.g. through our start-up accelerators – to learn, evaluate and continuously adjust our efforts to impact climate change. Ultimately, we aim to become a leader in systemic innovation that contributes to a paradigm shift from a linear, industrial production system to a circular, regenerative model, leveraging the power of our unique community of innovators and inspiring change beyond it.


Purpose of the role

The Startup Accelerator in the DACH geography is one of Climate-KIC’s most successful programmes with startups raising over €m150 per year in funding. Within this programme we are running sidecalls with corporate partners who share our interest in climate-relevant businesses that have potential to scale.

As “Programme Manager Accelerator Cooperations” you will be the primary contact for one of our corporate partners, a DAX30 company.

You will lead on the management of all aspects of the cooperation starting with the sourcing and selection of relevant startups, the matching of startup needs with the resources within our partner’s organization. Part of the role is the development of internal and external communication and events showcasing the joint approach to support climate focused entrepreneurs. As the programme is embedded in the Climate-KIC accelerator you ensure a smooth integration of the startups selected by our partner into the overall curriculum of the Climate-KIC startup programme.

We have operated the sidecall successfully in Germany, Austria and Switzerland for two years so you can start working from a solid base. In 2019 we are also looking at expanding the programme to additional countries.

Part of the role is the diligent execution of all partner related administration such as ensuring adherence to internal and partner policies and guidelines e.g. CI / CD, tracking and invoicing expenses and times spent on this project, etc. and making sure the project is on time and budget.

Key responsibilities

Partner Management

  • Be the primary contact for partner(s) in daily operations
  • Regularly report on progress
  • (Co-)create, present and deliver engagement opportunities for partner(s)
  • Manage internal and external communications
  • Ensure diligent tracking and invoicing

Project Management

  • Ensure project is on time and budget
  • Manage all third party suppliers
  • Co-ordinate smooth integration into general accelerator programme
  • Manage sourcing of startups, potentially on a European level

Business Development

  • Conceptualise and implement geographic expansion to Baltic countries
  • Document all learnings from project
  • Share lessons learned within Climate-KIC organization
  • Upsell other Climate-KIC projects, e.g. from Education programme

Operational Accelerator Management (if resources available)

  • Support the Berlin accelerator manager in daily operations
  • Contribute to success of the overall Climate-KIC accelerator by organising selected cross-location events

Key working relationships

  • Corporate Client (DAX30 company)
  • Regional Lead Startup Programme DACH
  • Other Accelerator Managers
  • Wider Entrepreneurship team and Entrepreneurship Director


  • University degree (Bachelor’s or Master’s) in business administration or another relevant field
  • Fluency in English and German


  • More than 3 years of work experience in business development, startup acceleration, or strategy consulting
  • Deep understanding of entrepreneurship and innovation management, ideally with hands-on experience working in a startup or as an angel/venture investor
  • Understanding of the drivers and impacts of climate change, challenges in the fields of energy, (e-)mobility, circular economy etc. are a distinct advantage
  • Knowledge of and network in the startup ecosystem is a plus
  • Some experience in event management is an advantage

Key skillls

  • Strong organizational and project management skills
  • Solid (online) marketing knowledge
  • Solid IT skills


Qualities, Personal style and Approach

  • Ability to work in corporate context as well as with startups
  • Highly self-motivated and driven
  • Flexible and embracing change

Additional information

Please note that candidates must have the right to work in the EU prior to applying for the position.

Any questions which you might have related to this role should be sent to clearly stating that it is a query in the subject field.

You will receive a reply within a couple of days.

Our application and recruitment process

Climate-KIC values diversity and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified candidates regardless of age, gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion or ethnic background.

Your application should be written in English and consist of:

  • a full curriculum vitae
  • a covering letter describing briefly how your profile, skills and experience meet the criteria outlined in the person specification, and outlining your interest in and vision for the role.
  • your current salary
  • where you saw this role advertised.

Please send your full application using the “apply now” button above. You should state your name and the role for which you are applying for in the subject line of the email. The deadline for receipt of applications is 23.59 GMT on the date published on the job advert.

Receipt of your application will be acknowledged by email.

Your application will be reviewed on or around the closing date for the vacancy for which you have applied. If your application is shortlisted for interview, you will be contacted directly by Climate-KIC.

Candidates invited to a first interview, will be notified of the outcome and informed about next stages if they are successful.

NB/ This advertisement will be taken down from the website after the closing date so it is a good idea to copy and keep the text for reference to use should you be invited to interview.


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