Open Position: Venture Fellow (Early Charm Venture Fellows Program)

What we do:
Early Charm creates, owns, and operates businesses that convert science into revenue.

We are the management team, the operators, and the entrepreneurs. We do not write checks and just pop in for board meetings. We show up to our labs, our production facilities, and our offices every day to do all the heavy lifting in our portfolio companies.

Our scientists and engineers work across our entire portfolio, never just one venture. This brings extraordinary expertise to the earliest stages of product development. The lack of silos fosters creativity and attracts the most collaborative people.

Similarly, our sales & marketing team works across our portfolio enabling us to have the voice of customers heard early and often as we consider product development. Add in our experts in law, intellectual property, accounting, finance, licensing, purchasing and more to get the complete team to build our businesses.

What you will do:

Come take a lead role in finding and launching our next venture. We are looking for a Venture Fellow to help identify the unmet needs and the new technologies around which we can build a growth-focused business.

Our four-month Venture Fellow program is designed for recent graduates with unique technical or scientific skills who want to learn how to launch a new intellectual property intensive venture.

Early Charm Venture Fellows work with our Early Charm Leadership Team to analyze business cases for launching ventures around new science and technology. Our Venture Fellowship is a full-time, paid program located at our offices/labs in Baltimore, MD. For this fellowship, we are specifically interested in finding technologies in the machine vision and AI research areas. Ideally, if we mesh well, we want to bring you on after the fellowship to help lead the new venture(s).

Learn by doing with our support and experience to back you up through the whole process – you will take the lead in talking with leading scientists regionally and nationally, discovering their ideas and engaging with potential customers to understand their needs. And in the process, understanding how that scientist works and thinks – will he/she be a good partner for our next venture?

We’ve done this dozens of times. You will have help and guidance, but you will be doing the work and we’ll encourage you to make the decisions.

What will you gain out of this fellowship? A deep understanding of how to find a new venture idea, how to form a new venture team, and how to lead it. And the development of a huge network.

What you need to be successful:

If you are both unabashedly creative and cooperatively kinetic then you’ll fit right into the culture at Early Charm.

An ideal candidate will have a PhD or advanced physical science or engineering degree (candidates that are close to graduation also considered), strong interpersonal and written communication skills, an interest in being the lead of a potential new venture after fellowship conclusion, the ability and interest to work across multiple scientific disciplines (we aren’t expecting you to be an expert in all fields, but the ability to digest information from outside of one’s trained field is critical to what we do), and is comfortable making decisions based on incomplete information, and changing that decision in light of new information.

What we will do for you:

Career development is our top priority for you. While we love the idea of people joining Early Charm forever, we are realistic to understand that we may be a steppingstone to other opportunities or a way for you to explore career options. Regardless of your reasons for joining us, our commitment is to help you while you are helping us.

Where you will work:

We are at the center of the entrepreneurial renaissance of Baltimore giving you the opportunity to interact with some of the nation’s most exciting technology companies. Located at 1100 Wicomico Street, our labs, production space and offices are intermingled with firms doing engineering design, software development, specialty textiles, robotics, and so much more. There is even a brewery.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is Our Business:

Creativity is the soul of Early Charm. We expand creativity by actively seeking out and embracing diversity in all its forms. Diversity of thought, of experience, of culture, of race, of expression and ultimately of the individual is, therefore, our soul.

Action and cooperation drive our success at Early Charm. We foster action through equity. Equity means we treat everyone with respect, empower everyone to make decisions, help everyone to advance their career and compensate everyone fairly. We encourage cooperation by being inclusive. Inclusive means celebrating each other’s differences, listening to each other’s views, and empowering each other to be individuals through our own actions. Equity and inclusion, therefore, is our success.

How to Join Us:

Please send your resume and cover letter to Mark Juetten at apply@earlycharm.com