Our Job of the Week column today showcases the opening for a Venture Manager at the Creative Destruction Lab-Atlantic in Halifax.

CDL-Atlantic is an accelerator that brings startups from the region and elsewhere together with some of Atlantic Canada’s most successful business people, who act as mentors and investors. It is part of the CDL organization, which began a few years ago at University of Toronto and now offers programing in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Montreal, Halifax, New York and Oxford, England.

The Job of the Week column features openings posted on the Entrevestor Job Board, which focuses on jobs in technology, innovation and startups in Atlantic Canada. The Entrevestor Job Board helps match job openings and candidates in the tech and startup communities and is operated by Entrevestor and Alongside.

Here is an excerpt from the headline posting this week:


Creative Destruction Lab-Atlantic

Venture Manager

The Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) Atlantic, housed at the Rowe School of Business, provides startups with access to a network of accomplished entrepreneurs and investors. Originally conceived at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, CDL is one of the world’s premier seed stage programs for massively scalable science-based ventures. The program targets companies that have the potential to transform our social, industrial and economic landscape. Reporting to the Associate Director, CDL-Atlantic is looking for two Venture Manager positions, one with a focus on Ocean’s, to support the CDL-Atlantic operations including venture recruiting, business development support and leading initiatives to support the growth and continuous improvement of the program.


- Identify and build relationships with venture capital funds, incubators and accelerators, and technology associations to secure a strong pipeline of high quality CDL-Atlantic applicants.

- Create analytical tools and evaluation frameworks to assess fit for early stage start-ups that apply for the CDL program.

- Provide business development support to program participants, including managing and directing the participants to receive feedback by their mentors.

- Support CDL-Atlantic operations, which includes event planning as required.

- Collaborate with counterparts in leading institutions across Canada, the US and the UK.

- Manage Junior Venture Managers (MBA students), including recruitment, supervision, evaluation and training.


Undergraduate degree in Business or related field with 5 years of experience (or equivalent combination of training and experience) is required. Experience in STEM/ technology related fields is preferred. Previous work experience or educational background in an Ocean related field would be considered an asset for the Venture Manager position with an Ocean’s focus. Demonstrated experience with start-ups, technology companies or venture capital is an asset. Required to use tact and diplomacy to build and maintain strong relationships with program participants and multiple levels of stakeholders. Must have strong analytical skills and understanding of business models and drivers of success in start-ups across several verticals. Ability to analyse and systematically evaluate participants, including a proficiency with financial modelling, conducting market analysis and strategic planning is a strong asset.

Read the full job posting here.