Incubation Manager

  • Appleton Rd, Ibadan, Nigeria
  • Contract

Company Description

Co-creation Hub is Africa’s leading technology innovation ecosystem builder on a mission to accelerate the application of science, technology and social capital for economic prosperity across Africa.

Our mandate is to build a formidable innovation ecosystem with a deeply rooted network, cultivating strategic partnerships and practical industry know-how that can support entrepreneurs and innovators in building thoughtful, relevant and scalable solutions. From our locations in Lagos, Abuja, Ijebu Ode (in Nigeria), Nairobi (Kenya) and Kigali (Rwanda), we have built a vibrant community of over 81,000 people and counting and have supported to a portfolio of over 120 early-stage ventures including Lifebank, Ushahidi, Riby, BudgIT, Stutern, Kopo Kopo, Sendy, mFarm, Wecyclers and many more.

Job Description

Strategy development and execution.

  • Develop and execute strategy for attracting and selecting deserving and qualified student-led innovative startups. 
  • Design and manage incubation programs.
  • Provide startup support advisory to entrepreneurs through continued strategic guidance in areas such as business modelling, market analysis, financing, fundraising, overall strategy, operations etc. 
  • Develop, execute and own an operational and engagement strategy for the entire community including startups, investors, corporates, mentors, advisors, and domain experts.
  • Develop a community development strategy to include and guide the implementation of all community development activities such as meetups, design challenges, hackathons etc.
  • Create a robust curriculum for the entrepreneurship education programs for the students.

Stakeholder Engagement

  • Manage the day-to-day interaction with the incubating startups
  • Provide support to entrepreneurs across ideation, acceleration, investment and scale-up stages.
  • Ensure tight management of milestones and progress of entrepreneurs and start-up companies.
  • Be the switchboard for entrepreneurs to access relevant resources and connections

Qualifications

  • Educational Qualifications: Graduation (background in IT/Computer Science/Finance/Commerce is preferred)
  • Minimum of 3+ experience working in startups or with an incubator/accelerator is a bonus.
  • Overall understanding of the digital technology and product landscape
  • Demonstrated ability to proactively cultivate, build and maintain strong working relationships with start-ups, entrepreneurs and other necessary stakeholders.
  • Fluent in written and spoken English, with the ability to speak in front of an audience as and when deemed necessary
  • Experience of running multi-functional teams.
  • Excellent skills in the entire Microsoft Office Suite (MS Word, Powerpoint, Excel etc.)
  • Execution skill set – including a focus on data-driven decision making, comfort with ambiguity, and ability to drive rapid “learn & implement” iterations.
  • Empathy - using skills that allow the Engagement Specialist to determine what is most important to their target audience, and then working to deliver on an organizational promise.