Building a Leadership Programme for Venture Capital Investors
London Business School and Senderwood Foundation, the team behind LocalGlobe and Latitude (and the founders of Seedcamp and Zinc), are putting together the first executive education program for Venture Capital Investors, Tech Transfer Officers and LPs in UK and beyond, akin to the prestigious Kauffman Fellowship in the US.
This program is an important component in the development of Europe’s fast-growing entrepreneurial ecosystem. While steps have been taken in recent years to increase the amount of ‘patient capital’ available for early-stage and growth companies, there has not been any significant investment so far on the ‘human capital’ side. This program seeks to address this gap – to help improve the quality and quantity of VC investors in Europe.
The program also has an explicit diversity agenda: scholarships will be used to attract women, minorities, and those from under-represented backgrounds, to increase the diversity of the emerging generation of VC investors.
We are hiring one or two people to lead the development of this program. The project will start in September 2019 and will end in September 2020. The work will involve market research, including face-to-face conversations with prospective participants and buyers, design of the program curriculum, including academic, practitioner-led and experiential content, launching and promoting the program, and bringing the first offering to fruition.
Ideally this will be a full-time role for twelve months. We will consider applicants who are able to devote the majority of their time to the project, if for example they are still doing a few courses to complete their MBA.
What the Project Leader will do
You will be based at Senderwood Foundation’s Kings Cross office and London Business School. Being embedded within LocalGlobe and Latitude will enable you to shape the program to ensure its relevance, and to build connections. Your time at LBS will help you build links to faculty there (and to create links to other business schools), and to ensure that the academic part of the program is state-of-the-art.
There will be a lot of meetings with prospective buyers and participants (for example, VCs, LP investors, corporate venturers, family offices, technology transfer operations). There will be some travel, to other VC hubs in Europe, potentially also to Silicon Valley and Israel.
You will work directly for Saul Klein, founder of LocalGlobe, and Julian Birkinshaw, Deputy Dean of Executive Education and Academic Director of the Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
The deliverable from this project is the successful launch of the executive program in approximately September 2020. Successful refers to both a high-quality program design that will meet the needs of the emerging generation of VC investors in Europe, and also a high quality cohort of paying participants, sufficient to make commercial sense for LBS and to create a strong personal network for those taking part.
Are you the right person?
We are looking for entrepreneurially-minded self-starters with a strong interest in the Venture Capital industry and ideally some experience in it. The project involves a lot of conversations with people in the entrepreneurial ecosystem, so you need to be articulate and professional in representing LocalGlobe and LBS to these people. You also need to have an interest in the field of professional development, and an ability to think creatively about the design and development of executive programs
This project will provide you with high-level exposure to the key players in the European VC industry, and it will help you build your knowledge of how the industry functions. If you have an interest in moving into this sector full-time, working on this project could be a useful platform.
The pay for this project will be commensurate with experience and time committed. At a minimum we will pay £1,000 per week.