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Stellenbosch / Cape Town / Johannesburg / Paris / Tunisia / Luxembourg
ENRICH in Africa (EiA) is an EU-funded Horizon 2020 project and strives to connect the African and European innovation support ecosystems and focuses on directly supporting two main target groups in both continents: incubators & accelerator hubs and start-up & SME innovators.
We want to facilitate the growth of ideas and successful outcomes within this ecosystem by building a strong network of African and European incubators & accelerator Champion hubs with a foundation in the delivery of quality services to start-up & SME innovators. To this end, we will be piloting a range of capacity upgrading and networking services to incubator and accelerator hubs, as well as innovation support activities for start-up & SME innovators themselves, both aiming to provide a pipeline of activities to support both stakeholder groups in matching their needs with quality solutions. To this end, an EiA Centre will be set-up to both cover the operational support of the ongoing project activities as well as ensuring post-project legacy and sustainability.
For the EiA Centre that will be based in Cape Town (South Africa), we currently have an open full-time position for Network Manager who will support and work hand-in-hand with the other EiA Centre staff members as well as the project coordination team to grow and develop the EiA Champions network of incubators & accelerator hubs and provide best-in-class support for network members as well as for strategic stakeholders such as policymakers. The role encompasses, but is not limited to, the following activities:
Main interface between the EiA Centre, Champion's network and the project consortium.
Acquisition, retention and management of EiA Champion members, nurturing the Champion relationships within the network and building new ones with potential new members
Implementation of advisories for incubators and accelerators alongside the project team
Contribute to the development of the EiA Champion’s network expansion strategy, holding the vision for EiA and ensuring the Centre moves towards self-sustainability
Networking and establishment of strategic collaborations with investors, multipliers, governmental organisations and relevant actors
Responsibility for quality assurance and impact assessment measurements and delivery
Reporting of Centre activities to the EiA project coordinator during EiA project duration alongside the project team
Moderator and trainer for relevant network-related activities
Official representation of the Centre at relevant events
3-5 years of experience in a membership network support and coordination role, preferably in the context of innovation support
Bachelor’s in Business Management, equivalent degree or higher
You have experience in areas such as technology transfer, innovation management, business administration/development, entrepreneurship, investors management, training
You have insights in both the African and European start-up ecosystems and possess a credible network among incubators, accelerators, innovators and other potential partners
You have experience in MS Office and relevant IT tools for project management and administration
Strong interpersonal & communication skills
You possess strong administration & organization skills
You are a team player with positive attitude and desire for continuous learning
You exhibit cross-cultural awareness, sensitivity and diplomacy
You are a self-starter with a structured mind-set to approaching problem solving and meeting deadlines.
Please send your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org