Climate Capital Bio Incubator (CCBI) is an early stage incubator for biotech companies working on building climate solutions for food, ag, manufacturing, and industry. CCBI is led by the Climate Capital Bio Fund and is focused on serving female founders and people of color who may not have easy access to capital, networks, and/or familiarity with entrepreneurship and is free for all participants who are accepted.
Our goal is to create a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive bioeconomy that benefits everyone. By working to improve representation at the early stages of the industry, we hope to create a ripple effect that will extend for decades to come. We will work with partner organizations to implement a curriculum focused on helping entrepreneurs learn the skills necessary to be great founders, access networks of capital, and connect with potential mentors, partners, and employees.
CCBI aims to put in place recurring structures and events that can positively influence the ecosystem for years to come. The program occurs annually and will be delivered virtually each year over the course of 3 months, culminating in a fundraising focused in-person ‘demo day’ event for program graduates. After graduation, companies retain access to resources for hiring, mentorship, dilutive and non-dilutive capital networks and other program resources.
Who you are: You are passionate about climate and/or biotech entrepreneurship and want to enter the venture capital world. You get excited about working with founders and helping companies go from 0 to 1. Prior VC experience is not needed, but your strengths are your ability to navigate uncertainties, learn new areas, create structures and plan and execute projects effectively with agility.
Compensation range: $75,000 - $95,000 + fringe benefits
Time commitment: Full time for 12+ months
Responsibilities: The Program Director reports directly to the General Partners of the Climate Capital Bio Fund and works on planning and executing various incubator functions including participant sourcing and screening, incubator operations and promotion, coordination with partner organizations, portfolio support, community building, event organization etc.
Source high potential founders / startups via direct outreach
Lead efforts to meet, review, track, and triage deal flow; operate and maintain CRM
Organize events and info sessions for prospective applicants
Support CCB GPs in developing participant selection criteria for the incubator
Pre-meeting research about a company, its competitors, and a list of potential questions to cover on the initial call
Research into the specific market to understand the competitive landscape and a company's ability to succeed
Founder Training and Support:
Onboard incubator participants, engage with founders to understand and meet their needs, and facilitate implementation of CCBI’s training curriculum
Facilitate founders’ access to community, capital network, peer support, and hiring resources etc
Community Building and Event Organization:
Engage our founder and alumni community through programming, online community, and virtual / in-person events
Organize CCBI’s annual in-person “demo day”
Develop a scalable organizational structure for running the incubator, leveraging internal infrastructure that has already been developed for CCB and the broader Climate Capital ecosystem
Lead the day-to-day operations of the incubator
Communicate and coordinate with CCBI Partner Organizations to accomplish program initiatives
Relationship and Brand Building:
Conduct ecosystem mapping and outreach to stakeholders key to CCBI’s mission, e.g. top university labs, incubators, fellowship programs, communities, non-profits, angel groups, CVCs, VC firms, and other capital allocators
Contribute to CCB's thought leadership by building a knowledge base and producing engaging and informative content. This may include writing blog posts, creating social media content, or participating in podcasts and webinars to help raise awareness of CCB's mission and the broader climate tech landscape.