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Director, VentureAccelerator, University of Maryland - (Washington, DC)

posted Apr 21, 2010, 9:18 AM by T. Reid Lewis
Director, VentureAccelerator  

The University of Maryland (UM) seeks a strong leader to direct the VentureAccelerator (VA), the university's premier program for the most promising UM technology startup companies formed by UM students, faculty, and researchers. The VA Director actively plans, manages, and drives growth of these very early stage companies with intense, hands-on mentoring and assistance at both strategic and tactical levels on a regular basis. 

The Director identifies, screens, and cultivates opportunities throughout campus for new, high-growth companies to be formed around UM IP and inventions; recruits these opportunities into the VA program; facilitates the licensing of IP rights from UM (if applicable); and actively performs a consultant, mentor, and interim CEO role for the VA portfolio companies to lead their business plan development, product roadmap development, feasibility studies, market and competition analysis, company formation and operations, customer development, financial modeling, talent recruitment, fundraising from equity, debt and grant sources, and partnerships and business development. 

The Director is responsible for all aspects of VA program management, including effectively marketing the VA program and building relationships with on-campus prospects, raising awareness and stature of the VA program within the local and national venture community, and growing and managing new initiatives aimed at strengthening the VA program and its portfolio companies (e.g., new funding programs). 

The Director will also be actively involved in Mtech's venture events like the UM Technology Startup Boot Camp, the UM $75k Business Plan Competition, Entrepreneur Office Hours, and Faculty Venture Fairs.  

Minimum Qualifications:
Bachelor's degree in technical, business, or related field.

Experience:
- 5+ years of experience leading and building successful technology startup companies, preferably as founder or early stage management or as angel or venture investor.
- Prior experience working with and mentoring technology entrepreneurs.
- Prior experience in business plan development, product roadmap development, feasibility studies, market and competition analysis, company formation and operations, customer development, financial modeling, talent recruitment, fundraising from equity, debt and grant sources, and partnerships and business development.
- Prior experience working in a university research environment and/or with university-based startups preferred.Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Significant mastery of the new venture formation and launch process, including business plan development, product roadmap development, feasibility studies, market and competition analysis, company formation and operations, customer development, financial modeling, talent recruitment, fundraising from equity, debt and grant sources, and partnerships and business development.
- Must possess outstanding communication skills, must enjoy mentoring and teaching nascent entrepreneurs, and must be adept at building and managing relationships.
- Extensive network in new ventures community and industry that will benefit VA companies.  

Preferences: Advanced degree in technical, business, or related field preferred.    

To learn more or to apply, visit:
https://jobs.umd.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/position/JobDetails_css.jsp?postingId=137392
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