The Entrepreneur Development Manager is responsible for executing effective direct entrepreneur support services to new and emerging businesses – building a pipeline of entrepreneurs to participate in the programs and recruiting expert advisors and mentors as well. Through program development and operational management of entrepreneur support programs, this role will have a specific focus on engaging and supporting entrepreneurs from underrepresented communities, including but not limited to Black, Latinx, women, and foreign born-entrepreneurs. The role will both broaden and deepen BioSTL’s support for entrepreneurs across the breadth of traditional biosciences (e.g., drugs, devices, diagnostics, research tools, crop improvements, etc.) and into broader health, wellness, medicine, food, nutrition, and agtech sectors, with particular emphasis on engaging networks within and supporting entrepreneurs dedicated to products and services that impact community health and economic outcomes and inequities.
In this position, you will work one-on-one with entrepreneurs, and existing businesses to help them identify and address their entrepreneurship challenges across a wide range of STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). You will assist companies with business model development, product development and commercialization strategies, connecting to mentors and advisors, fundraising, and many other practical business challenges. You will support entrepreneurs, through direct coaching, as well as building and connecting them to mentor networks, to develop their business and their entrepreneurial mindset. You will also collaborate with colleagues across BioSTL programs to embed inclusive entrepreneur supports and community health and economic impacts within all of BioSTL’s work. This includes launching and scaling local startups, recruiting and implementing global innovation in St. Louis, and building the regional innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem – especially in coordination with BioSTL’s new Center for Pandemic Resiliency.
In particular, this role will scale existing programs and build new activities alongside BioSTL’s company building initiatives. This role will collaborate with internal, and many external, partners to create and scale viable businesses in St. Louis, especially in underrepresented communities.
BioSTL builds a wholly inclusive, globally connected innovation economy for the St. Louis region. BioSTL, a privately funded, non-profit organization, initiated and operates a suite of nationally recognized programs to transform the St. Louis bioscience and innovation economy, build regional capacity, focus community resources, and nurture a collaborative environment that capitalizes on the unique convergence of St. Louis’ corporate, university, and entrepreneurial strengths in medical and plant bioscience.
To achieve St. Louis’ potential in the high-growth bioscience industry (e.g., health, medicine, agriculture, food, nutrition, etc.), BioSTL has organized business, university, and philanthropic leaders around a set of deliberate strategies that have helped advance St. Louis' leadership in solving important world challenges in agriculture, medicine, health care, and other technology areas. Through its investment arm, BioGenerator, and other activities, BioSTL helps build and scale a pipeline of start-up companies through a series of entrepreneurship support programs, including company formation grants, venture investments, incubator lab space, Entrepreneurs-In-Residence, and more. Through its GlobalSTL program, BioSTL sources, diligences, and implements innovation from around the globe to help make St. Louis companies globally competitive and to attract international firms to the region. Additionally, BioSTL has launched, and continues to support, a range of innovation ecosystem building initiatives in talent and workforce; diversity, equity, and inclusion; and public policy.
BioSTL believes its success is of vital importance to the future growth and prosperity of the St. Louis region and seeks a committed individual who shares this vision, who desires to make a difference, and who wants to be part of a transformative organization.
This position will actively participate in the following projects/areas:
Innovation Recruitment and Implementation
Program Collaboration and Coordination
Please complete the online application via www.biostl.org/contact/job-openings by Friday, April 23 at 5 p.m. CDT. Confidential inquiries can be submitted to Ben Johnson, Vice President, Programs (firstname.lastname@example.org). The application deadline may be extended until a strong candidate is secured.
BioSTL is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all members. We are committed to seeking individuals of diverse backgrounds and experiences who will bring diverse perspectives to this work. This is an equal employment opportunity.
For more information, visit www.biostl.org.