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Forge Buffalo


VP Portfolio & Selection

  • Company: 43North
  • ID: 478476
  • Posted: 2/11/2021
  • Location: Buffalo, NY
  • Category: Pro - Professional
  • Job Type: Direct Placement
  • Duration: Direct Placement


Working for 43North is an experience like no other. We are on a mission to boost Buffalo's startup ecosphere by helping our founders and their teams thrive. Our team is small, scrappy and determined to win. We push boundaries, thrive on creativity, and are driven to succeed. If you like a fast-paced atmosphere where you will be pushed to grow, learn, and develop your skillset, 43North might be the place for you. All you have to do is apply now. It's happening here.
43North is looking for a detail-oriented, analytical and driven leader to manage the acceleration of a portfolio of 50+ companies and help select its next cohort of award-winning companies. The VP of Portfolio & Selection oversees all aspects of portfolio management, from data collection to building responsive accelerator programming and connecting companies to the resources they need to grow and thrive in Buffalo. 
Specific responsibilities include but not limited to:
Direct Assistance to Portfolio 
  • Build accelerator programming that is responsive to a diverse portfolio of 50+ startup companies in various stages, industries and verticals 
  • Connect 43North winners to relevant resources, such as business development opportunities, customers, vendors, mentors, logistics experts, community organizations, legal, accounting, recruiting and contract manufacturing facilities 
  • Become an active participant in the early-stage technology ecosystem
  • Conduct monthly and quarterly portfolio surveys and reports on jobs, investment, revenue and other business metrics for a 50+ company portfolio 
  • Manage payment disbursement schedule for winners, including collecting and assessing monthly investor reports, profit & loss statements, bank statements and other materials as necessary 
  • Review all incoming term sheets for portfolio companies, report details and make recommendations to the 43North Board of Directors 
  • Calendar and conduct a regular cadence of in-person meetings with 43North winners to discuss business development metrics and strategy
Judging and Selection 
  • Manage the buildout and use of 43North application and judging software 
  • Oversee 43North's selection process from start to finish, including communications and scheduling for over 200 judges, and 100+ pitches 
  • Review all 43North applications and manage the diligence and review team of interns 
  • Conduct a thorough due diligence process and write due diligence reports for competition participants
  • Manage high level communications with applicants regarding 43North's terms
  • Lead finalist selection meetings with 43North judges 
  • Bachelor of Arts degree required in Finance, Economics, or similar. Advanced Degree preferred. 
  • 5-7  years' experience in investment banking, venture capital, private equity, B2C/B2B consulting, or transaction advisory experience 
  • Experience managing a team 
  • 3+ years of experience working with early-stage companies preferred
Strong Candidates Will Also Possess: 
  • A passion for Buffalo and helping early-stage companies reach their vision
  • An innate curiosity in a variety of industries and subject matters 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, both written and verbal 
  • Demonstrated capacity for organization and attention to detail
  • Team-oriented mindset with collaborative spirit and willingness to pitch in as needed
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