The Technology Investment Manager will spend a majority of his/her time in these activities:
Act as WEDC lead for loan, tax credit, and other finance programs targeted toward startup, early-stage, and high growth technology companies including high profile, large, and complex projects.
Assist with relocation, retention, expansion and start-up of Wisconsins early-stage and technology-based businesses.
Implement economic development financing and tax credit programs.
Project management support and leadership.
Works with individual angel investors, angel investment networks, venture fund managers, banks, public and private investors and other financial networks in developing complex project funding packages.
Project lead for high profile WEDC start-up business and emerging industry targets.
Partner with associations in targeted subsectors.
Mobilizes a range of state and other resources to deliver solutions.
Act as liaison for equity investment and utilization of growth capital program.
Participate as subject matter expert for a variety of projects.
Develop networks to support business funding.
Attain growth in targeted industries and businesses.
Develop strong relationships with targeted industry, association, business consortia, service providers, investors and financial networks or target businesses.
Deliver high value solutions in a timely fashion.
Provide technical direction and support for businesses, service providers, and investors seeking WEDC financial assistance.
Prepare detailed analysis of technical merit and financial needs of projects and make specific funding recommendations to WEDC management.
Managing client relationships throughout the project development, delivery, and maintenance phases.
Work with internal & external partners to identify targeted business financing solutions.
Work with economic development partners to devise and deliver financing and services to startup and entrepreneurial businesses.
Lead project management to deliver complex projects within the established budget, timeline, and other parameters.
Review and analyze business assistance projects for program feasibility.
Design and implement program and policy changes that will enhance WEDCs early stage and technology-based economic development initiatives.
Analyze program data, and prepare and disseminate reports on program outcomes for a broad audience including WEDC board, State legislature, and industry professionals.
Represent WEDC at events related to early-stage and technology-based economic development and make formal and informal presentations to groups, organizations, and local governments.
Participate in development of economic development strategy for division and WEDC.
Work with Policy staff to develop and implement changes to legislation.
Work with Compliance staff to ensure program accountability and metric accuracy.
Work with Communications staff to ensure accuracy of external communications.
Work with Marketing staff to develop E&I focused outreach materials.
Maintain knowledge of public and private business development resources.
Represent WEDC and provide assistance to various boards, councils, committees, and other planning activities and initiatives that support economic development in Wisconsin.
Participate in training and organizations to enhance professional development.
Lead project-related work groups and committees.
Other duties as assigned.
Special Notes: State-wide travel will occur on an occasional basis, less than 20% of the time. Travel is anticipated to include day and overnight travel.
Based on the responsibilities of this position, this position may need to lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.
Education and Experience:
Bachelors degree in Economics, Business Administration, Finance, related field or comparable education/experience/training.
Minimum of five years of experience in economic development, business finance, or related field required.
Strong experience working with and knowledge of state, federal and other resources for early stage business development.
Strong experience developing economic development strategies and policies.
Experience working with finance mechanisms for high growth and high tech startup companies including angel investment and venture capital.
Strong understanding of organizational strategies and development timeline for high tech and emerging growth companies.
Experience working with high technology companies, especially in the biotechnology, software, medical device, advanced manufacturing, material science, green/clean tech, and communications fields.
Skills and Talents:
Quantitative, analytical and problem solving skills.
Ability to source and execute business deals.
Proactive and responsive to requests and opportunities.
Strong project management skills required.
PC applications including word processing, spreadsheet, database management and Windows software.
Demonstrated ability to partner and influence at all levels in the business and to be viewed as a credible, valuable source of information and integral part of team.
Strong written and verbal communication skills to deal effectively with senior executives, as well as diverse groups of people internal and external to the organization.
State Of Wisconsin