Chief Executive Officer - Accelerator Centre
Who is the AC?
How are They Changing the World?
The Accelerator Centre is an award-winning non-profit startup accelerator dedicated to building and scaling sustainable, globally competitive companies and giving startups the highest probability of long-term success. They are ranked the #1 private business accelerator in Canada and are among the World Top 5 due, in part, to their reputation for meaningful, one-to-one mentorship and helping entrepreneurs go from the idea stage to high-growth enterprises.
The AC’s flagship offering, The Accelerator Program®, offers a milestone based curriculum and one-on-one mentorship that is proven to help startups grow faster. They also offer funding opportunities through their AC JumpStart program, and have specialized programs for cleantech, hardware, and voice-enabled technologies.
Their clients and alumni represent some of the biggest startup brands in Canada and around the world. Their competitive application and selection process ensures they are able to support the most innovative ideas and to ensure entrepreneurs get the resources and support they need to reach their full potential.
A New Chapter
The AC is starting a new chapter. There are exciting new roads for the organization to head down and they need a leader to take them there.
They have a strong base - with a great team and successful programs - and are primed for innovation and inspiration to continue to build upon it. They’re open to a new future while continuing to support the needs of Entrepreneurs in Waterloo.
The Artemis Canada team is excited to be working with Accelerator Centre Board to recruit and hire an exceptional leader to build and execute the strategy for the future. This leader will work with clients, academic and community stakeholders, government and donors to create and execute on a vision for building strong and successful technology businesses.
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Does this sound like you?
You are an experienced and authentic leader, who cares deeply about the needs of clients, colleagues and the community
You are a visionary and can inspire and lead a team through transformation
You are skilled at establishing, building and strengthening relationships with all stakeholders, including clients, employees, academic institutions, board members and external partners
COMMITMENT TO THE WATERLOO REGION
You are knowledgeable of and active within the Waterloo Region tech community and have a strategic view of where opportunities for collaboration and differentiation exist
You have a global outlook and a ambitious vision for the success of local tech companies on a world stage
You can build and manage diverse teams across HR, finance, technology enablement, marketing and internal programs to deliver exceptional results and meet the evolving needs of key stakeholders
You have experience managing significant operational budgets in excess of $8M CAD
ENTREPRENEURSHIP & START-UP SUCCESS
You have experience with entrepreneurial ventures, with expertise across the lifecycle of an early-stage enterprise (ideation -> product/market fit -> fundraising -> exit)
You are familiar with fundraising and Angel / VC models
You have an understanding of accelerator/incubator models
You have worked with/have an understanding of other non-profit organizations – you understand the governance model
You are familiar with government funding models and understand how to get and maintain funding from all levels of government
You are familiar with private fundraising and know how to generate value propositions that are attractive to potential private sponsors and funders
You have a Master's degree in a relevant field, such as Engineering, Computer Science or Business
SALARY: Approximately $180-220k CAD, plus comprehensive health benefits
LOCATION: You will work onsite at the Accelerator Centre offices on Hagey Drive in Waterloo, Ontario
RELOCATION: We will consider candidates from anywhere in Canada, however relocation assistance will not be provided
This is a full-time permanent role.