Venture Manager

  • Full Time
  • Toronto
  • 60,000-75,000 CAD / Year

Website NEXT Canada

Venture Manager – NEXT Canada

Role title: Venture Manager
Department: Programs
Reports to: Director of Founder Success
Location: In-office role with opportunities to work from home.
Type: full-time
Pay band: Manager $55,460 – $95,000
Target pay$60,000 – $75,000

This role may require work or travel outside normal business hours and is compensated time for time.
NEXT Canada offers an RRSP program and a generous benefits package.

Role overview and purpose:
The Venture Manager ensures the smooth advancement of startups in NEXT Canada programs and maintains the Next AI/Next Canada operations. Through this position, the role is responsible for recruiting, evaluating and supporting companies working in the fields of artificial intelligence. Finally, the venture manager provides support to the program’s stakeholder relations and takes all the initiatives necessary for the growth and continuous improvement of our programs. More specifically :

Recruitment of Startups:
Identify innovation centers, venture capital funds, incubators and business accelerators and any other relevant sources in order to build a solid network of potential candidates.
Participate in the development and execution of recruitment strategies.
Approach startups and potential candidates, exchange and document their activities and relevance to the program.
Evaluate startups that have applied to the program and that participate in the selection interviews.
Participate and assist in the organization of recruitment events.
Startup Support:
Regularly monitor startups to evaluate and document their progress as a company within our programs.
Provide operational support to startups according to their needs, be it advisory, networking, moral or personal support, or other.
Guide startups within the program and support them through their personal learnings.
Evaluate the companies at the various stages of their funding allocation, then prepare and present recommendations to the evaluation committee.
Cultivate resources and creatively problem solve
Operations Support:
Provide support in the planning and execution of official program events.
Carry out business development at internal and external program events to develop a network.
Identify mentors and other experts who can support businesses.
Support with evaluation metrics and reporting
Other Tasks:
Support communication strategies (social media, public relations, etc.) in collaboration with the communication team.
Participate in the nurturing of relationships and ensure deadlines are met for corporate partners.
Support the team with any other relevant task or file that might require attention.
curate and support events.
Extreme organizational skills and methodical work habits are essential
Strong investigative as well as communication skills
Problem solver & entrepreneurial mindset
A background in entrepreneurship, technology innovation, venture capital, teaching or community building
Proficiency using Google tools
Skills using Airtable and SalesForce an asset
French language proficiency would be an advantage but not essential.
Education and experience
Undergrad degree or diploma in business administration or any other discipline deemed relevant
Minimum of 4 years of relevant work experience, particularly in the field of startups, venture capital, or technology companies
Knowledge specific to the role
Very good knowledge of startups’ business processes and growth issues
Familiar with financial modeling, market research and strategic planning
Good knowledge of commonly used software and technological environments
Skills and qualities we are looking for
Synthesis, analytical and problem-solving skills
Understanding of business models and success factors of a company
Passion for innovation
Ability to work within a context of achieving and exceeding business objectives
Excellent work ethic, team-oriented
Ability to build trust with startups, mentors, and program partners
Organizational skills and sense of priorities, ability to work under pressure and on several files simultaneously
Ability to work with all types of professionals
Flexibility and ability to work with a minimum of supervision
Experience as an entrepreneur and/or working with startups, technology companies, or venture capital (asset)
How to apply
Please submit your resume and cover letter using the link provided. In your cover letter please include your experience working in the startup ecosystem and what positive qualities you have to contribute to our mission at NEXT Canada. (

About NEXT Canada
NEXT Canada ( is a national charity committed to founder development in support of our mission to increase national prosperity through entrepreneurship. We succeed with the support of a network of international academics, investors, mentors, corporate partners, and donors. Since 2010, NEXT has championed an innovative and competitive Canada through founder and skills development across three distinct programs: Next 36, Next Founders, and Next AI.

NEXT Canada’s programs are structured around four distinct pillars: Education, Mentorship, Networking and Investment. This unique blend of elements has supported 1000+ alumni in launching 400+ ventures that have raised over $2 billion.

As part of our commitment to inclusivity, diversity, equity and accessibility, we welcome all qualified candidates to apply including individuals with disabilities, those who identify as Black, Indigenous or persons of color, members of the LGBTQ2S+ community and others. We are happy to honor accommodations at any part of the recruitment process and invite you to let us know how we can help.

NEXT Canada is passionate about building a diverse and inclusive team, and accordingly encourages applications from qualified individuals who may contribute to the diversity of our organization.

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