Position

Program Associate - Austin

Team

Operations

Location

Austin

Job Description

About Antler in the U.S.

Antler is a global early-stage venture capital firm. We identify, invest in and challenge the world’s most exceptional people to build groundbreaking technology companies by building a better on-ramp to venture capital for founders to successfully launch a new venture.

Our operations in the United States started in 2019 and was the 4th expansion location of Antler globally. We currently have programs running in New York City and Austin with a mission to continue expanding across the country. Our goal is to provide access to support, guidance and encouragement to founder in the very first days of launching their company and to ultimate help increase the number of people in the United States who successfully pursue their dreams of building a company.

We have a strong focus on people. We believe that building an exceptional team is critical to our success. We aim to build a diverse and high-performing team both locally and globally.

About the job

Antler is searching for a Program Associate who is excited to help us design, curate, and implement an incredible community of entrepreneurs, supporting them from idea generation to launch and beyond. Your main focus will be to support the Antler U.S. program in Austin, working with an exceptional cohort of founders as they launch successful new ventures.

You will report to the Director of U.S. Platform at Antler and will be joining a fun and diverse team of global investing and operational experts who have supported over 350 startups across five continents. The role is highly entrepreneurial, as it will require a combination of growing awareness of startup trends, community building techniques, and quantitative/qualitative skills to assess program effectiveness.

Responsibilities

As the Program Associate, your main role will be to ensure that we design and execute an exceptional program for founders working with us on launching their next company. One of the most important aspects of this role is insuring Antler provides a phenomenal experience to every founder we interact with, this will include:

  • Working closely with the Antler Platform team to design, develop and run the US program for founders.
  • Help create best practice processes across both local and global platform management.
  • Manage full cycle of the Antler US program from onboarding to idea validation, company formation, pitching to investors and beyond.
  • Support early stage founders on problem statement validation, gaining customer feedback, assessing GTM strategy, refining the business model, and fundraising.
  • Manage day-to-day program execution including materials, scheduling, sessions and workshops for our founders.
  • Contribute to our portfolio companies’ development to support their growth and continued success.
  • Support Antler US team to establish relationships and build a community with top advisors, partners, and other external stakeholders.
  • Be a powerful brand ambassador for Antler, develop personal and ecosystem network.

As a Member of the U.S. Deal Team:

In additional to your role as Program Associate, you will also have the opportunity to grow into and be a part of the deal team that works directly with founders to help them succeed. This will include:

  • Personally identify and recruit high quality founders through your network that you are excited to work with.
  • Work with selected founders to shepherd them through the program successfully, helping answer any questions or concerns they may have and managing logistics with them.
  • Work with founders while in the program to successfully launch their business and prepare for pitch week.
  • Research on market trends and opportunities, conduct due diligence and craft investment recommendations for the Investment Committee as needed.
  • Support your founders who successfully pass pitch week as a coach and mentor as they launch and grow in the real world.

How will success be measured?

  • Founder NPS through the program and portfolio
  • Number of successful investments in each program
  • Strong 360 reviews from your team as a strong team player and contributor to our mission

What are we looking for in a candidate?

Job Specific

  • Bias for execution, always willing to get your hands dirty and be proactive
  • Incredibly strong interpersonal and communication skills, both written and spoken.
  • Genuinely interested in helping founders build successful companies.
  • Able to think deeply about problems and come up with insightful solutions.
  • Highly organized and able to structure and execute multiple processes simultaneously.
  • Comfortable with quick changes, tight deadlines, ambiguity, and willingness to support the growth of Antler.
  • Clear track record of strong initiative and autonomy to accomplish goals.

Culture

  • Highly collaborative approach, positive attitude, and strong influencing skills.
  • Clear track record of hunger & grit through previous endeavors.
  • Entrepreneurial mindset, positive attitude and an ability to get things done.
  • Someone with strong self awareness and that is a team player.
  • Someone with immense curiosity about the world.
  • Passionate to make an impact and learn new things!

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