Startup Scout - ProVeg Incubator

Permanent employee, Full-time · Remote

Role Summary

The ProVeg Incubator is the world’s first and among the leading incubator and accelerator programmes for plant-based, fermentation and cultivated food startups. Our team supports pioneering entrepreneurs to build and grow impactful food and food-tech companies, launch products and services and secure investment. As part of the International food awareness organisation ProVeg International, our mission is to reduce global animal consumption by 50% by the year 2040.

We are currently looking for a Startup Scout to join our team as soon as possible. The Scout maps the alternative protein ecosystem and keeps abreast of global and regional trends and developments. They are in charge of identifying and approaching the most promising and impactful sustainable food tech startups in the world to join ProVeg Incubator and to invest in. The Scout is also a key contact person for our startups and connects them with our network of mentors, investors and industry partners. The scout role and its tasks are extremely varied and can extend beyond the key tasks below, in order to support the development of our ambitious endeavour.
Job Details
  • Hours: 35-40 hours/week

  • Location: Berlin or remote in DE, ES, NL, PL, UK, CZ & ZA

  • Reports to: Head of ProVeg Incubator

  • Salary range: 28 - 36.000 € FTE yearly gross 

  • Map the startup and innovation ecosystem (websites, newsletters, channels, events etc.)

  • Identify and connect with potential startups to join our programme (social media and other channels)

  • Keep abreast of developments in the startup space (plant-based, fermentation-based, cellular agriculture)

  • Research emerging trends and sector developments within the alternative protein space and document your findings to better inform our decisions

  • Participate in on-site and online food tech and pitch events to identify and reach out to the most promising alternative protein startups

  • Discuss and document startups’ value propositions and assess fit for ProVeg Incubator programme and/or further investment

  • Engage with other food startup programmes to share deal flow, create synergies and identify high-potential startups

  • Help organise and run startup programme sessions, demo days, meetups and other events, both digitally and on-site

  • Coach startups in relevant fields throughout and after the programme

  • At least 1-2 years of professional experience in an incubator or accelerator, investment firm/fund or food startup

  • Degree in business, management, food science or technology and similar fields

  • Excellent organisational, planning, time management and prioritisation skills

  • Strong sense of ownership and responsibility

  • Strong passion for food innovation and the startup ecosystem

  • Able to work efficiently and accurately when under pressure to meet deadlines

  • Excellent communication in English (written and verbal) and strong interpersonal skills

  • Outgoing and confident, able to network effectively and represent the incubator and ProVeg with professionalism

  • Work proactively, thinking creatively to generate original and relevant ideas to continuously improve our community and space management

Benefits of working with us
  • The opportunity to work closely with startups globally that are building the future of our food system

  • Build a strong foundation for a career in the food tech startup ecosystem and impact investment 

  • Become part of a great team in one of the world’s leading incubators for alternative proteins startups globally

  • Strong organisational focus on personal development and designated training budget with plenty of room for initiative, independence and responsibility

  • Flexible, trust-based working arrangements and home office arrangements

  • A supportive, open and diverse work environment 


Application deadline: 15.12.2022

Start: Mid January 2023

Further information

Please send us your application documents (including cover letter, curriculum vitae, and references) using the application form.  The next steps in the application process include

  1. A general online assessment 

  2. A first interview with HR

  3. Job-specific online trial assignments

  4. An online interview with the Head of the ProVeg Incubator and the Incubator team

  5. The process might require an additional interview with the Leadership

Diversity Statement

ProVeg is committed to equal employment opportunity for all, regardless of race, religion, colour, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, refugee background, genetic information, disability, marital status, parental status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, HIV status, gender identity, or gender expression. People of colour, women, people with disabilities, people from LGBTQIA+ communities, elderly people, refugees and people living with HIV are strongly encouraged to apply. Since July 2021, ProVeg has participated in the Inklupreneur project and has set the goal of creating nine inclusive positions for people with disabilities over the next three years.

About us
ProVeg International is a food awareness organisation working to transform the global food system by replacing animal-based products with plant-based and cultured alternatives. We work with decision-making bodies, companies, investors, the media, and the general public to help the world transition to a society and economy that are less reliant on animal agriculture and more sustainable for all humans, animals, and our planet. We have offices in nine countries across four continents and are active around the world. ProVeg has a permanent observer status with the UNFCCC, special consultative status with ECOSOC, is accredited for UNEA, and has received the United Nations’ Momentum for Change Award.

At ProVeg, we aim to be impactful, pragmatic, and solution-oriented, empowering our stakeholders to identify opportunities and transform challenges into solutions. We base our strategy on empirically-based evidence and seek to stay abreast of the latest research to inform our activities. We evaluate our programs to ensure maximum impact and efficiency towards reaching our goals.

ProVeg fosters a work culture in which challenges become opportunities to learn and thrive. Because changing the global food system is a huge undertaking, we are looking for new team members who are impact-driven, pragmatic and professional. Your problem-solving skills, team spirit, and creativity are all vital to accomplishing our ambitious goals.

We strive to maximise our long-term impact in order to achieve our mission of reducing the global consumption of animals by 50% by 2040. Our work is informed by the principles of effective altruism – using limited resources to do the most good.

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