Entrepreneur in Residence, Life Sciences



Cleveland, OH, USA
90 – 90 USD per hour
Posted on Tuesday, September 19, 2023

About JumpStart Inc.

JumpStart is a non-profit venture development organization whose mission is to unlock the full potential of entrepreneurship to transform entire communities and our visionis to collaborate with partners to generate dramatically improved and inclusive economic outcomes by supporting diverse entrepreneurs, optimizing entrepreneurial ecosystems, and accelerating innovation.

Key to JumpStart’s success is its ability to leverage the skills, experience, and creativity of its inspired team to transform entrepreneurial aspirations into actions with measurable impact. JumpStart leaders and teammates take great pride in JumpStart being a highly demanding yet incredibly fun place to work.

Position Summary The Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR), Life Sciences is a 1099 contractor role with the primary responsibility of providing one-on-one business assistance to high-growth technology companies in the Life Sciences with the purpose of preparing them to successfully raise pre-seed and seed-stage venture capital.

The role would be compensated based on an hourly rate with a capacity of around 30 hours a week.

The EIR is responsible for working closely with assigned client companies to accelerate their growth and prepare them to raise venture capital. Having a solid understanding of early-stage funding sources (pre-seed through seed) for Life Sciences ventures and alignment with those funds’ investment process is essential to the role. This includes establishing communications and collaboration with the members of the JumpStart Ventures team which has both seed and Series A funds under management.

The EIR manages the relationship with assigned client companies, helping them to navigate the startup ecosystem by assessing client needs/priorities, making relevant connections (i.e., to resources, business, and investor opportunities, etc.), and delivering high impact hands-on support. The role helps client companies generate the traction needed to attract early-stage investors, prepare for and execute fundraising rounds, and navigate the growth needs of a high-growth startup (i.e., financial forecasting, budgeting, strategic partnering, regulatory considerations, go-to-market strategy, fundraising, product development, hiring, governance, etc.).

This role works closely with the Tech Services and Ventures team, including Investment and Deal Flow Associates, other EIRs, mentors, and subject matter experts from partners through Northern Ohio, to support high potential tech startups achieve high growth as a collective team.

Essential Job Functions 70% Client Management and Consulting Services Provide 1-on-1 direct business assistance to early-stage Life Sciences startups to help them develop innovative products, gain traction, and secure venture capital. Provide start-up client companies with consistent, value-added direct support and access to resources that will help them grow and attract venture capital.

Important aspects of the role include:

  • Rapidly gain client/portfolio company CEO’s trust as a highly qualified advisor, guide and resource provider.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Serve as the primary point of contact for JumpStart and work with the founder as an extension of the startup team for assigned client companies (spending approximately 10 hours per client company per month).
  • · Champion the client to help them access startup ecosystem resources as needed to help successfully achieve startup specific quantifiable milestones.
  • · Work closely with the founder to build out “capital access plan” and fundraising materials for current and future capital needs.
  • Actively educate and mentor clients on the “venture capital” path for a Life Sciences startup and ensure that the clients understand the expectations of raising capital and driving growth.

20% Program Development / Education

  • Contribute to the development and delivery of startup programming and services while also connecting founders to existing programs and services.

10% Communications and Reporting

  • Ensure timely reporting of metrics and information, independently and in conjunction with other members of the service delivery team, recognizing that metrics are critical in demonstrating success and program validation to current and potential customers).
  • · Track clients’ progress and milestones in Salesforce CRM.
  • Support bi-annual survey process to clients to track startup progress and satisfaction.

Decision Making Responsibilities This position requires a high degree of autonomy, business experience and strategic decision making. The EIR will be managing a large volume of early-stage startups and assessing what services they need based on assessment and discussions with other partners in order to make progress. 

Physical Demands/Working Conditions Normal office demands. Local travel, up to 75% including office hours and presence at partner organizations. Need to be able to accommodate flexible schedule for work during evenings and weekends to meet or support entrepreneurs when they are available.

Required Qualifications Education, Training and/or Experience

  • Founder/CEO at a venture-backed startup or minimum 2 years of experience in senior leadership role at venture-backed Life Sciences company
  • Ability to operate as a generalist with specific functional domain expertise or have experience in more than one functional domain

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Personal Characteristics

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite
  • Appreciation of all aspects and functions of a business

Preferred Qualifications

Education, Training and/or Experience

  • Leadership experience in a Life Sciences company that raised pre-seed through Series A capital

JumpStart's Core Values and Key Cultural Behaviors

  • Accountability: Act to deliver on commitments and generate results, and if expectations aren't clear, ask
  • Energy: Address our work with focus, grit, and enthusiasm
  • Balance self-assurance with listening to understand, having an open mind, and demonstrating patience

JumpStart's Definitions for Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity

  • Diversity: A measure of psychological, demographic, physical, and social differences occurring among any and all individuals in a specific group; including but not limited to racial identity, ethnicity, nationality, religion, socioeconomic status, education, marital status, language, age, gender identification, sexual orientation, culture, developmental ability, and learning styles.
  • The act of promoting and maintaining an environment in which diverse groups of individuals are welcomed, respected, supported, valued, and empowered. An environment prioritizing differences and offers respect and acceptance in the words/actions/thoughts of all people.
  • An acknowledgment and understanding there are historically underserved and underrepresented populations, and corrective action regarding these unbalanced conditions is needed to eliminate barriers and guarantee equality in the provision of fair treatment, access opportunity, and advancement in the provision of effective opportunities to all groups.

JumpStart's Operating Style: JumpStart team members are expected to be:

  • Honest: We speak the truth, plainly and simply, kindly and considerately. We will challenge you as we seek to accomplish great things. And we hope you will do the same with us.
  • We will be creative and efficient in helping you to access relationships, contacts and other resources to help you succeed.
  • Insightful: We will provide the knowledge and insight about entrepreneurship and innovation you aren't able to easily get from others

This position description is not intended to be a complete list of all responsibilities, duties or skills required for the job and is subject to review and change at any time, with or without notice, in accordance with the needs of JumpStart. Since no position description can detail all the duties and responsibilities that may be required from time to time in the performance of a job, duties and responsibilities that may be inherent in a job, reasonably required for its performance, or required due to the changing nature of the job shall also be considered part of the jobholder's responsibility.

Reasonable accommodation will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. JumpStart Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer and offers competitive salary & comprehensive benefits (medical, vision, 401k, paid vacation)

JumpStart is an equal opportunity employer.