Looking for a co-founder (Sales / Business Developer / Finance)

Salary Unpaid
Equity To be negotiated
Excelerate is a professional digital career platform that makes the journey, from when you set your career goal to you reach that goal: shorter, transparent and not least achievable. We ask the users 'what is your career goal?'. By utilising machine learning and neuroscience, we can give a platform experience tailored to the individual. Users will only see content (Events, Courses, Video) and features (Thesis Matching, Mentor hub, Network Community etc) relevant to their career goal.

Current status

Excelerate is in the very early days of the startup journey. We have just launched the site in a version where it's merely just an info page. During January we will launch the prototype (MVP). The MVP focuses strictly on the matchmaking feature. We ask the final-year bachelor, master and candidate students 'what is your career goal?' and matches the answer with dissertation topics created by companies. Companies are paying for the collaboration as it holds great value to them as the students are solving an actual problem + its a very cheap way for the companies to get first-hand experience with a potential future employee. The students and the companies have a shared page on the platform where they agree on milestones/deadlines etc.

Next features are far from set in stone, but the idea is we build on the experience and the feedback and provide a 'version 2' in autumn + more features. When the time is right we could expand the platform's capabilities and include more 'verticals' to get closer to the grand vision of the becoming 'the overview of my career path' platform.

 

A bit about me

To take the startup further at a faster pace, I need help. And I need help with the things which drains my energy. I truly enjoy the product building/team building / forward-thinking. I am a dreamer but a 'doer' at the same time. I've been working as a project manager for the past 8 years and a lead digital producer leading a team of 5 digital producers for the past 2 years in a digital agency in London. I started my career as a web designer and flash developer (when that was cool), so I've been almost through it all when it comes to building digital products.

 

Co-founder 1 (me - product owner/team builder / visionary)

  • Responsible for the product (Currently that is design, spec, manage and manage developers)

  • Build the team (scout and hire)

  • Financial (budget / and business financials)

  • Strategy

 

I'm looking for..

.. A few people actually, but most importantly a co-founder who is hungry/eager to join Excelerate, who thinks the mission sounds amazing (upgrade our fellow earth citizens, by giving them a platform to do so themselves, get an overview of their future career and excelerate it). As co-founders, we need to wear a lot of different hats, and the hats I would like the two new co-founders to wear (at least in the beginning / 2 years) are : #1 Sales #2 Business Developer #Finance (optional)

 

Co-founder 2 (you - Salesperson / Business developer)

  • Responsible for sales (Currently that is Companies buying access to a student who has agreed to work on their topic). Meaning contacting, nurturing and selling Excelerate.

  • Business Development - build relationships with key companies and key universities and potential investors.

  • In most startup books, your role will be referred to as 'the rainmaker' and 'the hustler', which sounds very accurate. You need to be a powerhouse of energy and humour. The likeable type.

  • Bonus points if you are interested in business finance.

  • Fluent Danish and language is a requirement - I couldn't care less about nationality/gender/age. It's all about personality and the fit between us.

    How 'valuable' you are to the company will determine the 'package' I can offer. But in general, my view of the company is, I would rather own a small part of something big, than a large part of something small. You have to have the same mindset.

If this has piqued your interest I suggest we take an informal cup of coffee where you can hear more about my thoughts and company. If we don't know each other already, then I would appreciate if you could do a 30 second video where you present yourself and why this is interesting to you.

I'm looking for you right now, however, I would be willing to wait for the right person. As we are targeting students the university semester dates are important, so either it will be an immediate start (right into it as the semester starts early Feb), or we could wait to next semester and therefore you joining in April-May-June.

 

The future team

Me, you and a 3rd co-founder:

 

Co-founder 3 (someone else - the technical person)

  • Currently, this role is facilitated by Victor, the freelancer. The plan is that he will either become a part of the founder team, or another technical person will step in, but for now (the MVP) using Victor on a freelance basis is the ideal situation. Once we get feedback from users / agree on a next version etc, then we can get a CTO / tech lead on board.

Best guess right now is that this co-founder would be looking to join around April-May-June.

On top of that, I am actively looking for

 

A user champion/marketing owner

  • Responsible of the user side of the platform, meaning collecting feedback from the user, creating features that cater to user needs and wishes. This person will be the user's voice in the company.

  • Responsible for the marketing strategy towards the users.

This role will be split into two once the team/company grows.

To start Feb - March - April.

 

Design intern

  • To assist with design tasks (web, posters, flyers, social media etc)

To start immediately

 

Social media intern

  • To handle the daily social media tasks (posting, analytics, SoMe strategy etc)

To start immediately

 

The current team

Kaspar Hansen (Founder)

Victor (Fulltime Developer / Freelance)

Kate (Fulltime Developer / Freelance)

 

Other info

Website : www.excelerate.dk

My Linkedin profile : https://www.linkedin.com/in/kasparhansen/

For more information or questions please contact us at kaspar@excelerate.dk or phone number 60551673

Perks and benefits

This job comes with several perks and benefits

Free coffee / tea
Free coffee / tea

Get your caffeine fix to get you started and keep you going.

Flexible working hours
Flexible working hours

Time is precious. Make it count. Morning person or night owl, this job is for you.

Near public transit
Near public transit

Easy access and treehugger friendly workplace.

Social gatherings
Social gatherings

Social gatherings and games; hang out with your colleagues.

Free office snacks
Free office snacks

Peckish after lunch? We got your back with soft drinks, treats and fruit.

Equity package
Equity package

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Working at
Excelerate

We want to make a digital platform which makes the journey from when you set a career goal to you reach that career goal shorter, more transparent and achievable. The MVP however, is just a fragment of that fairly ambitious goal. The MVP focuses on matching last year university bachelor, master and candidate students with companies. Companies provide the platform with dissertation topics they find interesting / or have a problem with. The student type in their career goal, and then platform matches the two. Last week we launched the first version of the MVP, and we are looking to launch the 2nd version before Christmas, and the 3rd and final version of the MVP mid-January 2020. It will be key to launch mid-January as students are looking to hand in their dissertation will start that work early-February. We take a fairly small monthly fee off companies pr. collaboration they agree to. - Excelerate, right now, is a very small company and consists of two full-time freelance developers and me, Kaspar Hansen I have 12 years of experience in the digital industry. A couple of the early years as a designer, then later as a flash developer and then for the past 8 years as project manager / digital producer in various digital agencies. The latest one being LAB (London) where I was leading a 5 man digital producer team and was heavily involved in client projects with up to 12 participating members as Scrum Master / Digital Producer. In August 2019 I made the jump to start Excelerate, the first couple of months was spend as a freelancer wrapping up a few commitments elsewhere, but since October 2019 I have been working fulltime on Excelerate. I have an MSc from IT University of Copenhagen in IT-Management, as well as Scrum Owner certification, Scrum Master Certification and a Prince 2 Practioner certification.

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