Programme Lead - Founders' Network

Job Vacancy

Tech North (part of Tech City UK) is a government-backed initiative aimed at accelerating the growth of the digital business sector in the North of England. Since launching in 2015, the team has already launched Northern Stars, Founders Network, the Digital Powerhouse Report and Career Hacker. We do this by focusing on five areas:

1. Raise the profile of the Northern Tech sector and the companies within it by uniting the regions to tell one great story

2. Create the central point of data on Northern Tech to support our initiatives around funding and skills

3. Support the creation of a leading ecosystem for founders and entrepreneurs through access to funding, networking, training and support for accelerators and co-working spaces.

4. Reduce the skills and talent gap in digital and tech by collaborating with tech employers both large and small

5. Assure the sustainability of Tech North and its initiatives by making sure we secure funding for beyond 2018

The culture is one of a start up with a lean mentality. We aim to be agile, transformative and authentic in our day-to-day operations.

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What we're looking for...

Challenge of the role

Tech North is committed to supporting the world-class startup and early-stage companies that exist in the North of England. The Founders’ Network programme has been developed to provide a crucial opportunity for these tech startup founders to meet in a mutually supportive environment, enabling them to share knowledge and gain valuable insight from industry experts and entrepreneurs that have directly experienced the challenges faced by young and growing technology companies. Members of the programme benefit from being part of a wider network of northern tech companies and obtaining access to high-quality accelerator-style content.

Reporting to the Head of Programmes, you will be passionate about working with technology startup entrepreneurs and well versed in all aspects of the tech sector and startup culture. Taking ownership of a successful Tech North programme you will have the opportunity to develop its future design and assume full responsibility for its day-to-day management, performance and operation.

Duties & responsibilities

  • Take on responsibility for designing and delivering the next version of the Founders’ Network programme, working with the Head of Programmes to build upon the opportunities and lessons learned from the programme’s first year.
  • Manage relationships and organisation of startups through the programme and ensure that their experience is of the highest quality with the best possible outcomes.
  • Identify the highest quality content providers, entrepreneurs and professionals that can assist programme participants with the challenges they face in their tech companies.
  • Management of the programme budget and responsible for routinely communicating to the Head of Programmes any necessary monitoring and reporting updates on the status of the programme.
  • Operational management of the programme, including oversight of branding, collateral, events, schedules, milestone evaluation and prioritization.
  • Engage the Northern tech community to help inform your plans for the programme and build your network, whilst also representing Tech North and sharing its vision and purpose.
  • Facilitate valuable introductions for programme participants and act as a useful resource for the local tech community.
  • Work with the Partnerships Manager to develop valuable-adding relationships with potential partners and sponsors.
  • Provide an approachable and public voice on behalf of the programme, Tech North, and the Northern tech sector.
  • Contribute to the work of the wider programme delivery and Tech North team, including internal/external communications, public affairs, media work and events, as appropriate.
  • Networking at various events for the purpose of maintaining programme relevance, quality and promotion.

Skills & experience

  • Ideally have a good level of knowledge regarding the fundamental issues facing scaling technology companies, and can identify the necessary high-quality facilitators
  • You have experience of working as a programme or project manager and able to scope and manage complex projects
  • Capable of designing and overseeing medium to large scale events running across a large geographic area such as the North of England
  • An eye for detail and brand, with a drive to deliver the best possible programme
  • You are personable and able to quickly build strong and positive relationships with various stakeholders including entrepreneurs, mentors, partners, sponsors, corporates, government and high-profile organisations or individuals
  • Passionate about the North and supporting early-stage tech companies and their founders
  • You have experience of working in the digital technology sector and/or have a thorough understanding of the needs of young and growing technology companies
  • Willing to push the boundaries on programme performance and comfortable with handling the resulting pressures and deadlines
  • You are a capable presenter and able to speak in front of small and large audiences
  • Highly self-motivated and want to be part of a friendly and passionate team

How to apply

Location – anywhere in the North of England

Contact Details
If you are interested, please send a covering letter, your CV and a short email to for more details. No agencies please.

Tech City UK is an equal opportunities employer. Job applicants may be asked to provide evidence of their ability to work and live in the country where the role exists.

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