Accelerator Lead with ISB Centre for Business Innovation

Job Title:

Accelerator Lead


ISB Centre for Business Innovation (ICBI)

Name of Job Holder:




Reports to position:

Executive Director, ICBI



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Job Purpose

Contribute to the Industry Accelerator execution, capture Emerging Technology use-cases from industry (Corporates, SMBs, etc.) and map with solutions from Deep-Tech Startups.


Job Outline

At ISB, ICBI plays a key role in driving research, education and practice related to Business Innovation management. The jobholder will report to the Executive Director and perform a set of key responsibilities that drive Industry Accelerator under Plugin Alliance. The Industry Accelerator is a platform that helps large organizations’ Open Innovation teams find Industry 4.0 solutions from growth-stage Startup Community. The incumbent will play a pivotal role in identifying and mapping corporate use cases in manufacturing to deep tech solutions offered by matured startups. This position requires a blend of project management, relationship building, and facilitation expertise to ensure successful collaboration between corporate partners and startups within our accelerator program.

The candidate will:

  • Plan and execute all Accelerator Activities including (but not limited to) scouting, mapping, executing and scaling of Emerging Technology based solutions addressing multi-sectoral corporate use-cases.
  • Map Corporate Use Cases: Collaborate with corporate partners to understand their specific challenges and use cases in the manufacturing sector. Conduct thorough analysis and research to identify relevant deep tech solutions offered by matured startups that align with these use cases.
  • Lead the coordination, management, and execution of accelerator activities, including use-case marketing, startup scouting, selection, onboarding, and program management. Work closely with platform teams, internal teams, corporate partners, and external stakeholders to ensure smooth operation of the accelerator program.
  • Actively ideate and develop collaborations with ecosystem partners/stakeholders aligned to Plugin Alliance priorities.
  • Track the progress and performance of startups in addressing corporate use cases and achieving program milestones. Generate regular reports and updates for internal and external stakeholders to evaluate the effectiveness of the accelerator program.
  • Identify opportunities for process optimization and improvement within the accelerator program. Implement best practices and lessons learned to enhance the overall efficiency and impact of the program.
  • Identify, onboard, and map key mentors relevant for startup companies and track mentorship progress throughout the program.
  • Actively work with multiple internal (finance, legal, Operations, etc.) and external stakeholders (Plugin Alliance member companies, faculty, governments, incubators, etc.) to facilitate achievement of Plugin Alliance Industry Accelerator Goals.
  • Be the voice of industry and actively identify key trends and market insights in Innovation and centre/institute priority related domain areas and guide research teams in identifying publishable content.
  • Delivery of Accelerator Programme Components: Mentorship, Research/Knowledge Consulting, Academic Programmes, and Media Management.
  • Execute business and administrative functions of the accelerator (Financial Planning/Forecasting, Media Management, etc.), adhering to ISB policies.


Job Specification

Knowledge / Education

Specific Skills

Desirable Experience


Post-Graduation/ MBA from Tier-1 B-schools is preferred


Experience in running Accelerator/Incubator Programs and critical/ analytical problem solving would be very valuable. As would be experience working in a high-growth, dynamic environment. Candidate must be motivated and given to taking initiative. Other skills required include business planning and pilot management/execution, basic financial analysis and leadership and negotiation skills. Superior written and verbal communication skills are necessary. Excellent Interpersonal skills, ability to multi-task, ability to build meaningful relationships, ability to work well with multiple teams in remote environment. 

5 or more years of experience in Accelerator/Incubator, technology implementation transformation programs, technology innovation and POC/Pilot Facilitation, and technology products

Experience in technology consulting, technology research, or solutioning is especially valuable



Job Interface/Relationships:



  • Faculty
  • Centres and Institutes
  • Plugin Alliance Members, Governments, etc.



  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration, Engineering, or a related field. Master's degree or MBA preferred.
  • Proven experience in project management, or business development, preferably in the technology or startup ecosystem.
  • Strong understanding of manufacturing and business processes and challenges faced by corporations in adopting deep tech solutions.
  • Excellent communication, negotiation, and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work independently, prioritize tasks, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Experience with accelerator programs or startup ecosystems is a plus.
  • Knowledge of emerging technologies and trends in the manufacturing sector.
  • Ability to travel occasionally

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