Ops + BD Associate
Seattle, WA
Entry Level +1
Posted a month ago

General Intro

As an Associate, you will have the opportunity to work closely with startups in our program, learn a lot, and meet amazing people. You will also attend and participate in much of what goes on around Techstars including mentor talks and guest presentations. It is a great opportunity to learn about running a startup right at the source of where things get done, while adding a ton of value to the operations of great startup companies and Techstars itself.

This is a full time position during the program time period. You need to be available during the day and on Wednesday evenings. Schedule is flexible but a strong commitment is expected. Applicants should be able to jump in and complete any task quickly and effectively. We expect a great attitude, desire to learn and meet new people, lots of energy and enthusiasm. You should be scared of no task and be willing to take on any project, large or small.

It’s a chance to get an amazing experience, broaden your network in ways you could never imagine, and gain exposure to some of the greatest up and coming companies and teams in the country. Historically, many associates end up being employed by one of the teams or by someone they met during the span of the three months. Many also go on to build their own companies.

Business Development and Operations Associate

You will use both your sales and business skills to identify prospective customers and execute outreach for program companies. In this role you'll work with the startups to drive lead generation and sales opportunities. You may also be asked to support the companies in any number of go-to-market and fundraising-oriented activities.

You will also be partially responsible for administrative duties and operational execution throughout the duration of the accelerator program. Tasks will include coordination of program visits, assisting in the planning of weekly events, preparation for end of program events, taking meeting notes, and scheduling mentors.

Associate will report to the Program Manager. Ideally, the candidate will start in the middle of October through the end of February, and will be based in Seattle for the hybrid in-person and virtual program. Associate may be invited to remain on contract for the following Filecoin Accelerator program (March-June).

Duties And Responsibilities

  • Engage with Techstars founders and plan activities, meetings and events that drive them toward success
  • Coordinate the scheduling of mentors, corporate partners, and founders visits
  • Follow best practices and execute upon outlined content and curriculum of the program
  • Represent Techstars in local community, both actively and passively

Applicant Description

  • BA in business, finance, sales, and/or minimum 1-2 years relevant experience (growth hacking, lead generation, etc.)You should be an organized and detail-orientated self-starter.
  • Demonstrated interest in technology, startups, entrepreneurship, venture capital, etc.
  • Able to jump in and complete any task quickly and effectively.
  • Be a problem solver and effective communicator.
  • Have a great attitude, desire to learn and meet new people, lots of energy and enthusiasm.
  • Scared of no task and be willing to take on any project, large or small - including setting up for events and cleaning as needed.
  • Experience working in an iterative environment including giving and receiving feedback
  • Excited to work side-by-side with some of the country’s most promising new founders and young companies.
  • Authorized to work in the United States.


    • Dirk Lehmann – Techstars Associate Programme: The Better Startup MBA?
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About Techstars

Techstars is an investment and innovation group that connects entrepreneurs, investors, corporations, and city governments to solve challenges across industries and geographies. We pioneered the accelerator program model in 2006 working toward our vision of a connected global economy of innovation.

Techstars is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, age, national origin, religion, physical or mental handicaps or disabilities, marital status, Veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity nor any other basis prohibited by law.

Techstars is the global platform for investment and innovation.
Size:  251-500 employees
Funding Level:  Mid-stage Startup
Total Amount Raised:  103.8 M
Year Founded:  2006
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