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Advisor, Hardware Catalyst Initiative

We’re looking for passionate, driven individuals to join our growing team! The successful candidate will thrive in a fast-paced, flexible environment, and work closely with a team of like-minded individuals, where each individual contributor is expected to drive projects forward while also working collaboratively to achieve shared goals. 


ventureLAB is a leading technology hub located in Markham in York Region, Canada’s second-largest tech cluster. Working out of our 50,000 square feet innovation space, you’ll be exposed to a wide range of globally disruptive ideas, products, and people. At ventureLAB, we grow globally competitive tech titans that build to scale in Canada. 


Hardware Catalyst Initiative (HCI)

The HCI is Canada’s first incubator to focus on hardware and silicon solutions. The HCI is for tech companies building solutions for technologies like AI, IoT, wearable computing, 5G, and other transformative technologies that will enable the creation of globally disruptive products and solutions. The HCI will strengthen York Region’s existing deep tech expertise and support hardware and silicon-based companies to accelerate commercialization, growth, and globalization to create more Build-to-Scale companies – from Canada.


Position Profile

Reporting to the Director, Venture Growth, the Advisor is responsible for supporting high potential hardware-related technology companies participating in ventureLAB’s programs including the Hardware Catalyst Initiative. The Advisor will work closely with clients to ensure that these companies receive the proper support to accelerate the commercialization and growth of their technologies and businesses. The Advisor also assists in coaching and educating other Advisors in the Venture Growth Team to ensure effective industry knowledge transfer to the core team. As well, the Advisor, through their innovation ecosystem network, is responsible for establishing pipelines to attract referrals and new clients that are strategically aligned with ventureLAB’s portfolio.



The Advisor has:

  • Experience in the development and design of silicon and hardware technologies from design stage and fabrication through to final testing
  • Good awareness of the semiconductor and hardware development process
  • Understanding of the industry dynamics at each level of the hardware supply chain
  • Cross-disciplinary experience/expertise (e.g. sales, marketing, finance, international business)
  • Industry experience at the founder or executive level is an asset



The Advisor will:

  • Meet with ventureLAB clients regularly, and provide support and advisory services to enable client companies to successfully grow their businesses in York Region and beyond
  • Grow and expand ventureLAB’s company pipeline to strengthen ventureLAB’s position as a leading hardware technology cluster
  • Manage and grow company and partner relationships including:
    • Ensuring all ventureLAB supported companies follow processes and complete quarterly, annual, and other surveys
    • Liaise with partners and key hardware and silicon technology stakeholders to attract referrals/new clients
    • Provide regular updates to the ventureLAB team to support the creation of company success stories and deliver regular impact reports to partners
    • Capture all requested metrics and milestones in ventureLAB internal CRM/MIS system required for funding and other reports to ventureLAB stakeholders and partners
    • Report at minimum on a weekly basis to provide updates on companies and proactively communicate any challenges or roadblocks to Venture Growth Team
    • Collaborate with Venture Growth Team to ensure hardware-related sector expertise and knowledge transfer to grow their core competencies in hardware and related technologies
  • Other duties as required


How to Apply

Submit your resume and cover letter to by Friday, October 30, noting “Advisor– Hardware Catalyst Initiative – Job ID 202019” in the subject line.  We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only qualified candidates will be contacted.

position type Part-time, Contract
Deadline October 30, 2020