Start-Up Investment Programme Manager

Strategic Programmes Accelerate Circle
Permanent: 0.8-1.0 FTE
15 Apr 2021
Competitive for Not-for-Profit Organisation
As soon as possible
Successful position holder to be based in one of the following locations: Amsterdam, Bologna, Brussels, Copenhagen, London, Valencia, Vienna, Warsaw



EIT Climate-KIC (Knowledge and Innovation Community) is Europe’s foremost climate innovation initiative. Our mission is to leverage the power of innovation to build a zero-carbon, climate-resilient, just, and inclusive society. Climate-KIC’s strategy, Transformation, in Time, responds to the need for a 1.5° aligned, systemic approach to reversing global warming and developing climate resilience, commensurate with the complexity, scale and requisite pace of response to the climate challenge.

Established in 2010 and headquartered in Amsterdam, we orchestrate a community of more than 400 organisations comprised of large corporations and SMEs, municipal and regional governments, universities and research institutes, as well as non-governmental organisations and uncommon actors. We are an organisation of circa 160 people. We operate out of 13 hubs across Europe and conduct activities in 39 countries globally. We have historically managed €80-100 million per year in grants, provided predominantly by our founder and core funder, the European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIT). We are transitioning to a multi-funder model with the objective of maintaining a flow of funds of circa €100 million annually to our community and to problem owners to deliver impact.

We use a portfolio approach for developing and deploying innovation, entrepreneurship, education and community mobilisation to unlock structural change in systems where emissions are tough to reduce – cities, land-use, industry, and finance. We do so by combining activities and innovation outputs from applied research, learning and reskilling, start-up incubation, movement building and innovation ecosystem building. Over the last ten years we have supported more than 4,500 businesses, in over 50 countries, that have gone on to attract over €1.5 bln of capital and featured regularly in the Forbes 30 under 30 European list. Our education programmes have influenced the lives of over 45,000 people who have launched a movement building alumni community. In 2019, we launched Deep Demonstrations, a demand-led methodology for composing innovation portfolios across technology, policy, finance, social change, citizen engagement, and other relevant levers of change, in order to generate options and test transition pathways for place-based systems and value chains.

Our goals for 2027 are to ensure that 200,000 people across Europe are equipped with enhanced climate-relevant innovation and entrepreneurial skills; 10 million people benefit from improved resilience to the impacts of climate change; 50 cities, countries, regions and large scale businesses across Europe are achieving net-zero as a result of partnership with EIT Climate-KIC; 500 million tons of CO2 eq. emissions have been avoided cumulatively (approx. 1/10 annual EU production) and we have succeeded in leveraging €100 bln to scale-up innovations tackling 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.


Many of the most promising entrepreneurial initiatives within our portfolio require investment capital to achieve impact at scale. We have therefore set out the ambition to design and implement an investment programme that connects entrepreneurial initiatives with investors and, in so doing, generates a revenue stream for EIT Climate-KIC in support of our long-term financial self-sustainability.
Our approach to pursuing this grand vision is to start small, learn well, and scale fast. You will start with developing a scalable service-for-equity scheme as part of our ClimAccelerator program and lead our crowdinvestment initiative.


  • Analysing strategic choices, developing value propositions, and designing value delivery approaches
  • Designing and operating investment programmes
  • Scouting, developing, and nurturing strategic partnerships
  • Designing and delivering co-creation engagements (e.g. workshops)
  • Developing strong and long-lasting relationships with diverse people
  • Presenting complex information in visual ways


  • Designing and implementing a scalable service-for-equity (SfE) scheme, including developing the contractual basis and negotiate contracts with delivery partners, maintain contract portfolio, liaise with finance and legal and be the go-to-person for the SfE scheme internally and externally;
  • Lead the crowdinvesting program, including running the upcoming edition, evaluating its success, designing a strategy how to grow it (if at all)
  • Work with colleagues to design, validate and implement further initiatives in the investment space
  • Preparing execution plans and decision papers for all aspects related to legal, compliance, finance, operations, accounting, and tax, in collaboration with our CFO, COO, and other internal specialists
  • Procuring and managing service suppliers (legal, communications, etc.)
  • Managing internal and external relationships
  • Delivering on the Financial Participation compliance mechanism relevant for EIT 


  • Accelerate Circle (ClimAccelerator, Climathon and ClimateLaunchpad teams)
  • Director of Capital & Investments
  • Co-Leads of Entrepreneurship
  • CFO, COO, finance and tax specialists
  • Group Counsel
  • Communications team


  • Entrepreneurial mindset and skills, ideally demonstrated in the role of an entrepreneur in a climate-positive start-up
  • Academic and/or professional background in finance, ideally in venture capital
  • Experience with service-for-equity and/or crowdinvestments schemes is a plus
  • Experience in scouting, closing, and managing strategic partnerships
  • Affinity for legal topics, branding, and communications
  • University degree in business administration, finance, economics, law, or a related field
  • 7-10 years of work experience
  • Experience in design thinking and operating in complex, fast-changing, ambiguous environments
  • Proficiency in English


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

We anticipate to be holding 1st round interviews on 23rd and 26th April.

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 full name, followed by 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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