43North is a transformational $5 million startup competition launching its fifth competition in 2018. Headquartered in Buffalo, NY, 43North has invested in and incubated 37 companies from around the globe. 43North runs multiple programs focused on building an inclusive culture of entrepreneurship in Western New York through student initiatives and programs focused on diversity. The organization has
garnered a reputation for being one of the best startup competitions in the world and has helped in Buffalo’s resurgence and in positioning it as a vibrant, innovative economic center in the U.S.
To learn more about 43North, visit 43North.org.
The Executive Director (ED) is responsible for comprehensive implementation, management, and oversight of the 43North startup competition and its corresponding incubator space. The ED will manage day-to-day administration and execution of the 43North startup competition. This includes a period for securing application submissions; the judging or evaluation of these submissions; legal work to secure commitments from a set of finalists; and a culminating award event, to be held in October. In addition, the ED is responsible for oversight of the 43North incubator space and its ongoing operation, including regular programming centered on entrepreneurship. Further activities include the raising of sponsorship funds, which are critical to 43North’s operations. These activities include research and prospect identification, cultivation and communications strategies, proposal development, grant application writing and tracking, solicitations, donor stewardship, database management, communications and outreach activities. The ED will provide support and guidance to the marketing and public relations functions, including his/her being part of the public identity of 43North.
The ED reports to the 43North Board of Directors, while working collaboratively and maintaining clear and regular communications with Empire State Development and the office of the Governor.
EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
The ideal candidate will be able to manage a professional organization, demonstrate fluency of the venture capital and private equity worlds, be able to overcome external obstacles inherent in managing a high-profile organization and have extensive entrepreneurial experience. (S)he will be familiar with all aspects of startups—forming, launching, and administering a high-growth company. The candidate must have strong interpersonal skills, along with program/people management, critical thinking, and communications skills. S(he) should possess a demonstrable track record of dealing with a variety of people, ideas, and business situations where individual objectives might compete, but have been brought into alignment.
43North provides a competitive base compensation, medical/dental insurance and other benefits.