SEM Program Manager | JD

Cariplo Factory is looking for a Program Manager who wants to join SkyDeck Europe Milan (SEM) Accelerator and take on the challenge to support the set-up of what aims to become one of the most relevant accelerators in Europe. You’ll be joining Milano Innovation District (MIND) a unique international platform to capitalize global and local research and business excellences. Cariplo Factory has partnered with Berkeley SkyDeck, to scout for post-seed startups: we coach them with mentors and advisors, we facilitate fundraising with top tier investors and we work with large corporations on cross-pollination opportunities. In order to reach these goals, we cooperate with Federated Innovation – a network of 36 top tier companies that create an unprecedented ecosystem beyond open innovation –, as well as with relevant R&I stakeholders (Ospedale Galeazzi, Università di Milano, Human Technopole, Istituto Italiano Tecnologia among others), and with institutional Partners (Regione Lombardia, Fondazione Cariplo) and top-tier VCs (i.e. SkyDeck Fund, Indaco Ventires, CDP).


What we offer:

  • Work on a top-notch accelerator and on a client portfolio made of national & multinational companies
  • Flexible, healthy, friendly and informal workplace
  • Office layouts that put collaboration and connection at the heart of innovation
  • Exposure with Founders with startups and Corporations and VC Fund at C-level of management
  • Lean company mindset


Main activities


Program Management (70%)

  • Startups scouting, applications monitoring and support to startups assessment
  • Work with TTOs and incubators, and other stakeholders, to engage them in the scouting activities and SEM pipeline
  • Manage all programmatic needs of startups with a special emphasis and focus on ensuring the continuity and alignment of SEM program
  • Work with founders one on one to refine their pitch and presentations for investor meetings
  • Manage any and all founder inquiries regarding facilities and operations
  • Conduct surveys and analysis of founders satisfaction with SEM program and recommend and implement improvements and changes on an ongoing basis
  • SEM database management and information updating
  • Develop and update presentation material (decks)
  • Assist in the scheduling of meetings for SkyDeck/Cariplo Factory Board


Event Planning (20%)

  • Facilitate the planning and organization of programs and networking events to help connect international founders to advisors, investors and corporate partners


Marketing (10%)

  • Manage key marketing projects and tasks tied to SEM
  • Manage content marketing to promote the program including social media, case studies, blogs, and thought leadership



  • Deep knowledge of the startup sector
  • Experience with scouting and assessment reporting
  • Know how orchestrate and execute programs in structured way
  • Capable of building and maintaining long lasting relationships
  • Experience on business analysis
  • Fluent in English
  • Previous Incubator/Accelerator or Investor experience (min 3yrs)
  • Fluency in Excel is a must
  • Fluency in Powerpoint is a must


Characteristics & abilities:

  • Passion for startups and technology
  • Strong drive and hands-on
  • Strong skills in managing relationships with extended teams
  • Fast mover
  • High degree of autonomy
  • Team player
  • Demonstrates innovative and out-of-the-box thinking
  • Multi-tasking abilities – able to maneuver between tasks
  • Excellent inter-personal skills
  • Comfort with ambiguity
  • Detail oriented



Candidates can send their application using the form shared in the link below. At the end of the compilation of the form you will receive an email with the link to upload the curriculum vitae and a video presentation.

The presentation video, lasting approximately 2 minutes, must contain a brief description and the reasons for the candidacy.

Curriculum Vitae and Video presentation can be send in English.