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)
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.
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.
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
Kaspar Hansen (Founder)
Victor (Fulltime Developer / Freelance)
Kate (Fulltime Developer / Freelance)
Website : www.excelerate.dk
My Linkedin profile : https://www.linkedin.com/in/kasparhansen/
This job comes with several perks and benefits
Get your caffeine fix to get you started and keep you going.
Time is precious. Make it count. Morning person or night owl, this job is for you.
Easy access and treehugger friendly workplace.
Social gatherings and games; hang out with your colleagues.
Peckish after lunch? We got your back with soft drinks, treats and fruit.
Want to be a partner? Look no further.