Venture Funding Director
Uncharted (formerly Unreasonable Institute) is seeking a Venture Funding Director to get our ventures ready to take on investment and manage our Investor Network. Getting our ventures funded is one of the most important aspects of our value prop -- the Venture Funding Director will play a huge role in the increased impact our ventures are able to make with additional capital.
Are you the right fit?
Mission and culture fit: First and foremost - you are deeply committed to the mission and vision of Uncharted. You see this role as an opportunity to exercise your passion and align your values and purpose with the values and purpose of an organization attempting to put a dent in the world’s most pressing problems.
Understand early-stage funding: You have a strong understanding of what it takes for early-stage, impact ventures to raise funding, and you have helped ventures raise funding or have fundraised yourself. You can read and build pro-forma financials, understand various types of capital (debt, convertible notes, equity), etc.
Clear communication and teaching: You have an ability to take complex ideas and communicate them clearly.
Experience working with entrepreneurs and ventures: You have worked with startups, entrepreneurs, and organizations looking to scale. Perhaps you have been an entrepreneur yourself, or you've led an early-stage investment fund, or you’ve spent time mentoring entrepreneurs. You are willing to tackle projects without much guidance/structure.
Project management experience: You have managed sophisticated programs/initiatives on tight deadlines. You've designed, coordinated, executed, and followed-through, and you have the outcomes to prove it. From metrics to timelines to communication channels to contingency plans, you're comfortable and capable being in charge and managing a team.
Proactive and relentless relationship-builder: You are a natural at building and maintaining relationships in a warm, genuine way. And you don't take no for an answer; you're relentless in your efforts to build relationships or lock up partnerships with even the most famous people in all the land.
Strong organizational skills: Your success is built upon a foundation of methodical, personal organization that gives you the confidence to reach deadlines and achieve outcomes even when there are numerous other "priorities" and distractions.
Manage and grow our funder network: The Venture Funding Director is responsible for maintaining relationships with the funders in Uncharted’s network and building relationships with new funders via calls, meetings, monthly emails, and events, and tracking them in the CRM.
Design & run funder events: The Venture Funding Director will run Investor events to help our entrepreneurs build relationships with the right funders. Additionally, he/she will run Funder Boot Camp events to help train new impact investors.
Work with ventures directly to get them funding-ready: The Venture Funding Director works hands-on with each of our ventures to help them get funding ready. In some cases this means “doing the work” (i.e. giving them a list of 25 matched funders and introducing them to those funders), while in other cases it means teaching / empowering them (i.e. teaching them how to find their own funders and teaching them how to make cold outreach to funders) via the workshops, modules and templates that he/she creates. Additionally, the Venture Funding Director runs value-added programs that work directly with the entrepreneurs such as overseeing our “Financial Architects” program or bringing Capital Partners to the Institute.
Program management: In addition to running the Investor events, the Venture Funding Director may also run (or assist in running) a program from beginning to end.
- Lead and manage outreach and recruitment of all ventures and organizations for programs. For the Future Cities Accelerator, we received over 300 applications from organizations across the country.
- Lead and manage selection of ventures: reviewing applications, interviews, due diligence, etc. For the Future Cities Accelerator, we selected 10 ventures.
- Actively recruit mentors and funders to participate in program. Here is a list of mentors for Uncharted Food Access.
- Serve as primary point person for all ventures throughout program: mentoring one-on-one, connecting with mentors and funders, working on pitch-decks and communication, strategizing with entrepreneurs about how to make the most of investors, mentors, and partners.
- Manage relationships with sponsors and clients
- Facilitate curriculum delivery during the in-person bootcamps
- Contribute in the orchestration and execution of sophisticated office pranks targeted at various members of the team
Location: Denver, Colorado (office in RiNo)
Compensation: $60,000 - $70,000 / year
- Healthcare, retirement plan matching, a leadership coach, other cool stuff
- 5 weeks paid vacation per year + 10 holidays + your birthday off
Applications due March 23