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Shanghai, China (Remote)

Employment Type


Program Manager, German Entrepreneurship Asia

As a valued partner to startups, corporations, universities, and public organizations, German Entrepreneurship shapes the future by empowering innovation. Targeted programs like German Accelerator, Scaler8, the EU-India Innocenter, Master Accelerator, and Scale-up.NRW address European and international startups as they transition into the world’s most thriving economies.

Since 2008, the German Entrepreneurship team has guided more than 1,000 startups with its global network of experts – including German unicorns like Flixbus and Celonis. Over 500 innovation projects, ranging from innovation coaching to corporate accelerators, were successfully completed on behalf of DAX-listed and medium-sized enterprises.

We are currently seeking a Program Manager for German Accelerator‘s Market Discovery Program to support German startups in exploring market opportunities in China for our office in Shanghai.

The responsibilities outlined below are not exhaustive and can include other related tasks. The employee will, from time to time, work on other projects as the company sees fit.



  • Work collaboratively with the program team and operations team to schedule the program sessions and ensure smooth execution of the program, including sending invites to startups and relevant stakeholders
  • Prepare program briefs for the startups and support them with their onboarding and participation during the program
  • Deep dive into startups’ business cases and support them in their understanding of the markets in their respective verticals through industry research and outreach
  • Facilitate workshops and meetings with startups to understand their challenges and take notes of startups’ meetings with mentors, partners, and companies
  • Synthesize the learnings of startups from the program, consolidate feedback from mentors, and prepare individual reports for startups
  • Support the marketing team in conceptualizing and creating posts and organizing events
  • Assist in the continuous improvement of the program by onboarding new speakers and mentors and continuously increasing the quality of the program


The Ideal Candidate

  • Strong sense of ownership, intrinsic desire to deliver high-quality program work that provides value to the startups, with a willingness to gradually take on more responsibility
  • Confidence in facilitating online and offline sessions, good interpersonal communication, moderation, and MC’ing skills, enjoying engaging and connecting with people
  • Degree in business administration or entrepreneurship, or equivalent (a technical background is a plus)
  • Understanding Chinese culture, with the ability to speak/read Chinese, is considered a plus
  • 1-2 years of experience working in corporates, start-ups, corporate innovation, program management, and/or accelerator programs; fresh graduates would also be considered depending on qualifications.
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English in a business context (knowledge of German is a plus)