Rev1 Ventures is the investor startup studio that combines capital and strategic services to help startups scale and corporates innovate. Based in the Midwest, and in a top city for scaling startups, Rev1 aligns innovators and founders with corporate and research partners to access customers and markets, helping entrepreneurs build great companies. Rev1 has been recognized as among the most active seed investors in the U.S. by PitchBook. Six core values drive all of Rev1s work: Entrepreneur Focused, Ingrained Inclusion, Integrity, Collaboration, Persistent Curiosity, and Impact Driven. The successful Manager, Entrepreneur Inclusion Programs is passionate about creating access to entrepreneurship for all. The ideal candidate has a deep network within the small business community and experience helping diverse entrepreneurs access the resources they need to form their business and access customers and capital. Reporting to the Managing Director, Entrepreneur and Inclusion Programs, this team member will take a leadership role in driving forward Rev1s Inclusive Entrepreneurship strategy, with a focus on outreach, grassroots partnerships, and support of high-impact, community-led efforts to develop the next generation of diverse entrepreneurs. The successful candidate will manage existing partnerships but will nurture and grow Rev1s network over time, creating more opportunities for collaboration and access.
What Youll Do:
Manage and drive Rev1s inclusion programs and partnerships both internally and externally with a focus on reducing bias and improving access for diverse entrepreneurs.
Engage and advise startups, guiding and connecting them into Rev1s investor startup studio resources, or with regional partner Entrepreneur Support Organizations (ESOs).
Nurture and grow relationships with diverse networks and ESOs, identifying opportunities to expand Rev1s referral network and community-based educational offerings, ultimately driving more women and minority entrepreneurs into Rev1s deal flow.
Serve as Rev1s designated liason to the City of Columbus for the Ecosystem Builder role, in support of the Citys Small Business Agenda, whose mission is to cultivate an inclusive, dynamic, and continuously improving small business ecosystem that enables all entrepreneurs to enjoy equitable opportunity for success that contributes to local economic development outcomes. Lead and support two related working committees in driving forward strategies and initiatives designed to support this mission.
Support Rev1s role in the Franklin County Forward Cities Accelerator focused on fostering and driving inclusive innovation at the neighborhood level across the county.
Support Rev1s internal Inclusive Entrepreneurship Committee and staff education program.
Serve as an advocate for Rev1s work within the larger community, representing at events and speaking opportunities as identified within the broader strategy.
5+ years experience in advising and advocating for underserved entrepreneurs.
Keen understanding of the critical challenges faced by diverse entrepreneurs and an ability to address those challenges using existing or creating new programs and educational offerings.
Proven experience in networking; ability and passion to expand existing and develop new, highly relevant relationships at all levels.
Proven experience managing relationships with key partners and stakeholders, and a proven ability to communicate effectively. Experience writing, securing, and managing grant-related programs a plus.
Strong organizational skills and detail-oriented; proven project management capabilities, including the ability to manage multiple key projects simultaneously with the instinctive ability to identify and prioritize high-impact over low-value initiatives.
Strong communicator with the ability to interact across all levels of the organization, exercising a high degree of confidentiality, professionalism, poise, tact and diplomacy.
Highly data-driven with strong technical proficiency and comfort with software applications, databases and systems used by the company.
Comfortable working on a diverse team: we believe that gender, racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity are key elements in startup success, and we foster this belief on our own team as well.
Collaborative, entrepreneurial spirit: (1) willing to explore new ways to approach problems and opportunities in ways others havent explored; (2) optimistic; (3) always seeking how to improve any process; (4) understands risk mitigation; and (5) focused on outcomes.
Whats In It For You:
Competitive compensation package comprising base salary plus performance-based variable compensation
Collaborative work environment
Generous paid time off
401(k) with matching
Health, dental, vision benefits
Location: Rev1 Ventures - Columbus, Ohio