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Director of Venture Development

Permanent employee, Full-time · Berlin - Lohmühlenstraße 65

About us

Next Big Thing AG (NBT) is Europe's premier startup incubator for the Internet of Things and Services (IoT/IoS) and Blockchain. As a company builder and operational VC, NBT acts at the nexus of a continually growing ecosystem of corporates, founders, technologists, entrepreneurs, investors and politicians. With our know-how in IoT, we are the touchpoint for innovation in Europe - enabling companies to realize disruptive innovation with exceptional speed.

Fascinated by the potential of IoT? We are too. We gather the best and brightest minds across industries to collaborate on connected ideas for the future. As part of the German de:hub initiative, NBT is the center of gravity for IoT in Germany. We enable rapid prototyping, disruptive innovation, and entrepreneurship. In short, we support and promote all elements of the IoT & Blockchain ecosystem to develop new companies.

Whether you’re looking to solder hardware, tackle key innovation challenges across industries, or lead a venture into a steady IoT future, you’ll find a home at NBT. 

Join our Team!

Next Big Thing is a Berlin-based IoT and blockchain company builder designing and co-founding high-tech ventures. NBT promotes entrepreneurship, catalyzes innovation for corporate partners, and grows Europe’s digital economy. As an operational VC, NBT provides mentorship, financing, and engineering know-how. By building new services and products on top of technology, NBT develops scalable business models. 

NBT’s Investment Team is expanding to provide world-class support to our growing group of visionary IoT and Blockchain ventures. To do so, we are hiring a full-time Director of Venture Development to apply his/her expertise and potential to help us achieve this.

Your tasks
  • Fully owning the development process for new NBT ventures from ideation until foundation (incl. overseeing constant alignment, improvement of interfaces and handover points between NBT departments)

  • Kickstarting new ventures into the NBT Venture Development process

  • Covering the whole lifecycle and process management of new ventures

  • Leading new founders through the NBT Venture Building Program by defining and monitoring KPIs in alignment with top management

  • Scouting, screening and analyzing new Deep tech/IoT ideas, ventures and potential founders (incl. being the first point of contact for external venture ideas/proposals)

  • Facilitating a smooth handover of ventures into the NBT portfolio

  • Bridging the gap between technology and business

  • Potentially building, managing, and leading a team of other Venture Developers 

  • Proven track record in venture development

  • Engineering or Product management background with strong business experience or business background with good technical understanding (software, firmware, hardware)

  • Ability to work horizontally across several depts at NBT, demonstrating excellent communication and presentation skills

  • Ability to create, define and execute processes in line with NBT strategy

  • Strong finance and project management skills

  • Passionate drive to build and impact successful ventures

  • Independent, open-minded thinker and intercultural team player

  • Willingness to take ownership and show leadership

  • Cross-functional all-rounder with a hands-on, get-things-done mentality

Our Offer
A sweet deal
  • Full-time unlimited contract
  • Competitive salary
  • Flexible working hours
  • Free drinks & fruits
  • Hardware of your choice
  • Subsidized membership to a Berlin sports club with 450+ locations
  • Access to Factory Community events: lectures, social events, networking, great restaurant and café and a ball-pit!
Work with the best
  • Join an agile, cross-functional, dedicated team
  • Take responsibility for your projects. No micromanagement
  • Work within a flat hierarchy among international team members from 20+ countries
Recruitment agency
We do not work with recruitment agencies.
Relocation & EU work visa
We offer relocation assistance for this position regarding paperwork, visa and first steps in Germany.

Your application

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