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Venture Manager, Natural Capital

We need to stop depleting our planet and preserve natural capital!

Natural capital refers to the stock of renewable and non-renewable natural resources (such as air, water, land, forests, minerals, and biodiversity) that contribute to the production of goods and services.

At DEEP (Institute for Deep Tech Innovation), we are going to build an ambitious vertical that facilitates the next industrial revolution. This revolution will depend on the espousal of four central strategies: the conservation of resources through more effective manufacturing processes, the reuse of materials as found in natural systems, a change in values from quantity to quality, and investing in natural capital, or restoring and sustaining natural resources.

What do we mean by “vertical”?  DEEP contributes to the entire deep tech value chain by training researchers to become entrepreneurs, building founding teams around strong IP, running the world’s most nerdy startup mentoring program and bringing together investors, founders, scientists and the entire deep tech ecosystem. However, we do not believe in generic efforts. That is why we tailor our activities to verticals, such as specific industries or technological fields, with immense impact, a strong deep tech angle and lots of entrepreneurial opportunities. After we have successfully launched our health vertical in 2022, we are now going to launch Natural Capital.

For this very vertical, we are looking for a:

Venture Manager, Natural Capital (m/f/x, 40h, to start as soon as possible)

As Venture Manger you will:

  • Be responsible for leading the operations of a startup mentoring program
  • Coordinate a team of venture managers with a hands-on mentality 
  • Support the scouting and matching of entrepreneurs to spin-off projects and teams
  • Connect to the startup, innovation and research ecosystems related to natural capital
  • Support the MD with the strategic development (key areas of focus, partnerships) of DEEP’s new natural capital vertical
  • Be a strong, everyday ambassador for DEEP and all of its activities in the natural capital vertical


    The ideal candidate has, metaphorically speaking, two personalities:


    • You are a person who is passionate about science, and you are inherently curious about the world and its workings.
    • You find joy in exploring and understanding new technologies and constantly seeking knowledge.
    • Your passion drives you to engage with top scientists, embracing challenges and valuing the pursuit of truth and understanding above all else.
    • You have a background in biotechnology, chemistry, material sciences, or similar.
    • You have engaged with the scientific community in the past.


    • You are a person who is passionate about innovation, startups, technology commercialization, and creating new business.
    • You find joy in startup-like environments where “building” is more important than “managing”, “executing” beats “conceptualizing” and uncertainty might surround you.
    • You have an initial track record in building, investing in, or managing ventures related to natural capital, sustainability, or similar fields.
    • You are familiar with the operations and value propositions of startup accelerators, incubators, mentoring programs and alike.
    Apart from this, you:
    • Like to work hard and are able to stay calm in stressful situations
    • Are driven by achievement
    • Have a strong service orientation and very good communication skills
    • Have managed complex stakeholder environments successfully before
    • Are well-organized, able to multi-task, and meet deadlines while paying attention to details
    • Are fluent in spoken and written English

    This is what we can offer you:

    You can join the highly ambitious and international team at DEEP and work with us on innovations that matter. We all have, in a metaphorical sense, two personalities, too.

    ESMT Berlin is the highest-ranked business school in Germany and Top 8 in Europe. Founded by 25 leading global companies, ESMT offers degree and PhD programs, as well as executive education on its campus in Berlin and in locations around the world. We strongly believe in cross-team collaboration to achieve our mission to develop entrepreneurial leaders who think globally and act responsibly. ESMT is located in the center of Berlin, in the middle of a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem. ESMT offers a very collegial and international environment with employees from more than 35 different countries.

    DEEP - Institute for Deep Tech Innovation - is the newest addition to ESMT's institute landscape. Started in September 2022, it focuses on the deep tech value chain and intends to overhaul it through educating & enabling all actors involved. The goal: change the way deep tech is coming to life, so rebuilding the entire path from basic research to a thriving venture, a global champion even, by sustainably instilling entrepreneurial thinking & action in the scientific sphere and beyond. DEEP’s operations have started with a focus on the life sciences and runs activities such as the Creative Destruction Lab Berlin “Health”, the Life Science Entrepreneurship Academy (LISEAD) and DEEP πioneers (company building).

    We look forward to receiving your application!

    Please submit your application by using our online application form, including:

    • Motivation letter
    • CV with relevant certificates and references
    • Salary expectations and possible start date


    ESMT Berlin
    Agnieszka Zak
    Human Resources Manager
    Schlossplatz 1
    10178 Berlin
    Tel: 030 21231 0

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