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The Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) is an objectives-based program for massively scalable, seed-stage science and technology-based companies. The program’s objective-setting process enhances the performance of technical founders who learn from the insights of experienced entrepreneurs, increasing their probability of success. CDL is run as a partnership between CDL Global (based at the University of Toronto) and the business schools of nine leading universities. The universities act as a convener of talent, bringing together mentors, world-class scientists, and economists to accelerate and enable investment. CDL is a unique not-for-profit program. It does not charge participating entrepreneurs and takes no equity in their companies.
CDL-Seattle will launch at the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington and will accept 25 deep-science companies from within and outside UW for the 2021/22 stream. CDL-Seattle will specialize in companies operating on the frontier of Biology and Computing. Companies which have that advanced beyond the concept stage apply (at no cost to them) to participate in CDL. Once companies are selected for participation, they participate in a 9-month long program, with 5 intensive full-day sessions with CDL mentors every eight weeks. At each session they assess progress and set new short-term objectives. Mentors are typically successful entrepreneurs from the local region or broader CDL community.
The Manager’s role and responsibilities extend beyond the Foster School. The success of CDL will depend on the director’s ability to bring great technology-company founders together with superb mentors (entrepreneurs who themselves have founded and built great companies), venture capitalists, leaders of other area accelerators, technology corporations and UW technologists and economists. To make this work, the manager must work widely across campus and build partnerships with the College of Engineering, School of Medicine and CoMotion to get their help to underwrite the program financially and encourage their faculty and students to participate. The CDL educational curriculum will draw students from across campus and include non-Foster STEM PhD students, as well as MBAs and undergraduates.
As of 2021, the Allen School, College of Engineering and CoMotion are all committed as co-founders for the first three years. The Manager also must work with other Washington state research institutions as companies in the program will draw from PIs far beyond the University of Washington. The Manager will also need to be deeply involved in the Seattle entrepreneurial community, speaking at local and national events, and keep constantly in touch with the evolving state of the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Fund-raising is a continual activity, and CDL will be supported by several active multi-year donations, all of which will be raised by the Manager working closely with UW advancement. The Manager will also be responsible for a high-school outreach program to engage URM high-school students to participate in CDL.
Management & Administration
Coordination with CDL Global
Other Duties as Assigned
This position currently reports to the Director of CDL (Site Manager).
This position will oversee and mentor the work for events specialist(s), student interns and contracted vendors.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
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Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington state law.
Department: FOSTER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
Closing Info: Open Until Filled
Salary: Salary is commensurate with experience and education.
Notes: As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.