Programme Manager – Startup Haus Programme (f/m/d) (Berlin)

The Westerwelle Foundation is a non-profit founded by Dr. Guido Westerwelle, Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Ralph Dommermuth, CEO and founder of United Internet AG. We regard entrepreneurship as key to opening up opportunities for people in developing and future markets. Based on this conviction we strive to help local entrepreneurs transform great ideas into sustainable businesses. To fulfil our mission, we have initiated the Westerwelle Startup Haus Programm, in the framework of which we establish entrepreneurship centres in selected locations in order to support local startup-ecosystems and entrepreneurs.  

Your Tasks

1. Co-develop & implement the strategy of the Startup Haus Programme
2. Responsible for financial, operational & content-related performance of the Startup Houses
3. Management of existing locations (Tunis, Kigali):

  • Being the central spill between the local management teams and the board in Germany
  • Supervision of local teams
  • Further development & optimization of operational structures
  • Identification of local needs in terms of programms and entrepreneurial workshops
  • Acquisition of customers, sponsors & partners

4. Development of new locations:

  • Market research, identifying opportunities and partnerships for new locations
  • Set up of organization / real estate / team / operational structures
  • Sales, partnerships & fundraising
  • Establishing the new location as an important stakeholder in the local startup ecosystem (by organizing events, workshops, incubation/acceleration programs)

Your Profile

  • Entrepreneurial mindset & solution-oriented thinking / work approach
  • High degree of personal initiative & reliability
  • Experience working in different cultural settings
  • Experience recruiting, building & managing (small) teams
  • Experience in international development / NGO sector dealing with state agents are a plus
  • Fluent in English and German; French is a plus
  • Willingness to travel incl. extended stays in Africa


Oliver Reisner

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