THRIVE Academy Associate

THRIVE Academy Associate | SVG Ventures|THRIVE

FTE Status: Full Time

Location: Calgary, AB


THRIVE is a global AgriFood venture and innovation platform headquartered in Silicon Valley & Canada that accelerates, invests, and works with entrepreneurs, investors and Fortune 500 corporations to advance the future of food and agriculture.

Job Description

The Academy Associate is responsible for supporting all aspects of the THRIVE Academy program – a new program to help idea stage agri-food tech companies become market and investor ready. The primary focus of this position is to support all programmatic, project management and execution initiatives within the Academy. The Academy Associate will be responsible for supporting cohort companies through the program and offering them candid feedback on their progress. The Academy Associate will report to the Managing Director of Global Programs.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist with recruitment and selection of startups for the bi-annual Academy cohorts. This includes working with lead generating organizations both globally and locally in Alberta & Canada, managing deal flow, managing interviews, finalizing selection of the final cohort, please visit to read about the program
  • Support the implementation and execution of the Academy program and curriculum schedule, which will include: weekly webinars, in person workshops, site visits to smart farms, mentorship sessions, demo day & more.
  • Track feedback from startups & stakeholders to consistently iterate & improve the program
  • Support and maintain strong relationships with mentors, advisors, PSI’s, government, corporates and other members of the THRIVE network. 
  • Provide mentorship and guidance to startup cohort in areas such as customer discovery, market research, business model design, go-to-market strategy, fundraising, governance & operations.
  • Support the execution of Academy related events, workshops, Demo Days etc.
  • Assist with the creation of program related content, presentations etc.
  • Support the execution of THRIVE’s other programs ie. Accelerators & Challenges.


Skills and Experience

  • At least 2 years of professional work experience in entrepreneurship, venture capital, program/project management or consulting
  • Passion for innovation, entrepreneurship, AgTech and food tech
  • Ability to quickly grasp and understand various business models in the agri-food sector, and provide “value-add” advice to the accelerator cohort
  • Entrepreneurial drive and experience – bonus points if you’ve been a founder or have operational experience at a startup and can relate to the next generation of founders & guide them based on experience
  • Proactive self-starter who isn’t afraid to take initiative and bring the Academy to new heights, operating in a high-paced environment
  • Demonstrated ability to cultivate, build, and maintain strong working relationships with startup founders, corporate executives, farmers/growers and other individuals – networking should be in your blood
  • Strong leadership and proven project management skills (goal-setting, organization, and implementation)
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills 
  • Excellent quantitative and analytical skills
  • Bachelors degree in agriculture, sustainability, finance, business, economics, entrepreneurship, project management or related field required
  • Advanced degree in business, sustainability or agriculture preferred
  • Previous experience working in an accelerator or incubator preferred


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