Program Manager - Berlin


About us

We are the new early stage investor and start-up accelerator of Axel Springer and Porsche. Our team built the Axel Springer Plug and Play Accelerator, through which we have invested in 101 digital start-ups over the past five years, become a leading platform for start-up/corporate interaction, and won several awards. Most importantly, today the Axel Springer Plug and Play portfolio consists of great companies such as N26, Careship, Nyris, and Zizoo and will be a vital network pillar for our new company. We are currently busy setting up operations so that we can welcome the first founding teams to the accelerator in early March 2018. 

Based in Berlin, we invest in international and diverse founding teams who challenge the status quo and seek to build global tech companies. Therefore, we are always on the lookout for outliers and continuously refine and optimize our selection filters. We focus on customer-centric digital business models and invest in a broad range of verticals. We do initial pre-seed and seed investments and are happy to follow-on. From day one, we provide founders with valuable and often unique opportunities through our program and our international network of companies, mentors, and investors.  

The companies we invest in participate in our 100-day program in Berlin, which includes mentoring and coaching, workshops, networking events, free office space, and plenty of business opportunities. Our shareholders and corporate partners are eager to work with our portfolio companies and support them with their global networks and expertise. On multiple occasions, portfolio companies pitch in front of local and international business angels and early-stage VCs. After the program, portfolio companies are able to use our co-working facilities in the heart of Berlin.  

Join us on our way as a leading European start-up accelerator and early stage investor for digital business models!

Program Manager

We are looking for a highly efficient and experienced program manager to join us as soon as possible. 

Scope and goals

Our program aims at making the founders who participate in it investor ready. As our program manager, you are responsible for the planning and successful execution as well as the continuous improvement of the program. This includes developing, managing and curating existing and new program formats and content such as workshops or events on trending topics. You will work closely together with our venture developers to identify the startups' needs and your goal should be to design the program accordingly. 

Formats and topics covered

  • Workshops with world leading partners and tutors 

  • Mentoring network, program and  events 

  • Expert network, program and events 

  • Perks and benefits program with world class partners like Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft  


  • You plan and organize workshops for the startups 

  • You serve as main point of contact for the founders 

  • You engage with external and internal partners 

  • You organize and manage peer to peer interactions between alumni and current founders as well as mentors and experts (Matching, connecting, communication) 

  • Development & management of perks & benefits program 

  • You identify relevant new content and workshops 

  • You lead, plan and market events 

  • You promote the happenings of the accelerator in the community that consists of founders / mentors & experts / investors / corporates / startup ecosystem 


  • You have relevant working experience as a program manager in the startup / tech context (can be VC, accelerator, incubator, university, etc.) 

  • You have the strong desire to engage with new trends and topics and integrate these into the program  

  • You're organized, flexible and friendly 

  • Ability to prioritize and get things done 

  • Hands on and proactive "can-do" attitude 

  • Ability and attitude to switch between startup- and corporate-environment 

  • Very good communication skills 

  • You love to work organized in a very dynamic environment 

  • Startup experience is a plus 

  The Facts

  • We are looking for someone who can join as soon as possible 

  • You will be reporting to the managing director 

  • We offer a competitive and dynamic package

To apply for this opportunity, please send us your resume and a cover letter to