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A Head of Entrepreneurship to join our team

Head of Entrepreneurship

Having worked as a founding member of an early-stage high-growth start-up you will have deep empathy with entrepreneurs as they progress from Proof of Concept through to scaling their businesses.(Consideration will be given to first employees or C-suite roles with the background and experience outlined above).

An experienced manager to lead ahigh-performing team to deliver all entrepreneurialsupport programmes from early stage to those designed to support growth and scalingcompanies.

A champion of innovation who is passionate about creating entrepreneurship opportunities for all people regardless of backgrounds and supporting them as they turn their ideas into sustainable and high-growth potential start-ups. An effective networker who will build the Catalyst support ecosystem with experiencedindividuals locally and globally. 

If this sounds like you and you want to create change for good, are driven by value generation, andlove to work with highly experienced individuals to create something meaningful then get intouch. 

Key Information

  • Contract – full time, permanent
  • Salary up to £75,000 (depending on qualifications and experience)
  • Based at the Innovation Centre, Queen’s Road, Belfast (hybrid working arrangement available)
  • Reporting to the Director of Entrepreneurship & Scaling
  • Closing 24th September at 5pm


Benefits of working at Catalyst

Competitive Benefits Package
Private medical insurance for you and your dependents
Generous pension contribution
Generous life assurance policy
Enhanced parental leave packages
Free open access to company organised events
Free parking onsite
Learning and development opportunities

The Role

What are we looking for?

Catalyst is seeking a Head of Entrepreneurship to lead the Programme teamresponsible for the successful delivery of all entrepreneurial programmes focused on creating opportunities for new entrepreneurs and supporting the growth and success of start-ups. In addition to managing across programmes, this individual would be tasked to lead Catalyst’s entrepreneur support, which is centred on the Connect methodology, avolunteer platform to support entrepreneurs.


  • To review programme activity and results on aregularly basis with the Director ofEntrepreneurship to ensure that strategic objectives are met.
  • Lead activities with the Programme team to continue development of acomprehensive programme strategy that leverages synergy between programmes forentrepreneurs and measures critical ROI outcomes.
  • Line management of the team ensuring high productivity, engagement andachievement of programme and personal outcomes.
  • Manage expenditure of aprogramme budget circa £1m to deliver optimal impact.
  • Oversee the planning and implementation of aportfolio of impactful programmes,working closely across teams to ensure quality standards are maintained.
  • To be the principal lead in identifying and sourcing external funding opportunities forprogramme delivery and growth.
  • To ensure athriving volunteer community of both individuals and partnerorganisations which has been and continues to be integral to the delivery and supportof the programmes.
  • Report to key stakeholders to ensure clear communications of programme status,risks and dependencies. Key stakeholders include Steering Committee, governmentand/or funding bodies etc.
  • Design and evolve programmes in partnership with research base and ensuring strongcollaboration with QUB and UU on delivering effective student and staffentrepreneurship support.
  • To provide high-level network development and coordination to include new andexisting relationships with all stakeholders, particularly tenant companies, industryorganisations and university research staff, faculty and students.

Essential Criteria

  • Asuccessful entrepreneur who not only understands the start-up journey but hasideally lived through the challenges of scaling an early-stage innovation company. (Consideration will be given to first employees or C-suite roles with the background and experience outlined above) 
  • Significant experience of internal business change, including stakeholder buy in andcreating and implementing new ways of working and processes. 
  • Experience in networking, partnership building, and relationship management at asenior level in the private sector. 
  • Experience of programme planning including online workflow, productivity, andcollaboration tools. 
  • An excellent track record of building and managing ateam.

Special Requirements

  • Proof of right to work in the UK

Criteria may be enhanced to aid shortlisting. Exceptional candidates who do not meet the criteria may be considered for the role provided they have the necessary skills and experience. 


More info about Catalyst

  • About Catalyst

    Catalyst is an independent, not-for-profit organisation. We work for the greater good to build an inclusive innovation community in an entrepreneurial ecosystem throughout Northern Ireland. The epicentre of Northern Ireland’s tech sector, we provide everything that innovators and entrepreneurs need to reach higher and succeed faster – a home, business support, connected networks and much more besides. We invest, pro bono, all surplus profits from our property portfolio into nurturing a community-led innovation ecosystem that supports over 900 start-ups, entrepreneurs, and innovators so they can grow, scale and flourish. 

  • Diversity and Inclusion at Catalyst

    Diversity and inclusion aren’t boxes to tick on a CSR list. At Catalyst, they are part of our DNA, lived, breathed, seen, and heard across our community, projects, and co-working spaces. 

    We not only want to foster and empower a culture of innovation, but also an environment where people can be their true, authentic self and thrive, and we are proud to be recognised by the Diversity Charter for achieving silver status, with ambitions to progress to Gold. 

    As an equal opportunity employer, we recruit based solely on the individual’s ability to perform the role, and that’s allowed us to create an inclusive workplace which celebrates the diversity of our teams and community. 

  • Working at Catalyst

    A certified Great Place to Work®, Catalyst is one of Northern Ireland’s most exciting employers.  

    With a strong vision of Opportunity for all from world-leading innovation, this is a workplace brimming with ambition to create social, cultural, and economic advantage. We are a force for good, bold in our approach with integrity at our core and passion in everything we do.

  • Our Values


    We approach everything with a straightforward, open and honest attitude. Every new challenge requires a brave, smart, and flexible way of thinking and we put integrity at the heart of every decision. Our strong moral code intuitively understands what doing the right thing means in every situation.


    We love what we do. We are committed to our members and partners, ready to go above and beyond for the future we are building together. This is the ‘Catalyst Way’. We sharpen our senses, take calculated risks together and work hard for a brighter future.


    Be ambitious and dare to be different. We are the catalyst that connects entrepreneurs and businesses to an eco-system and community that transforms ideas and innovation into real-world reality with global impact.

Have a question?

Contact Emma at emma.green@wearecatalyst.org

Emma Green

Emma Green

HR Officer

Emma Catalyst”s HR Officer and works in the People & Culture team. As HR Officer... read more
Emma Green

Emma Green

HR Officer

Emma Catalyst”s HR Officer and works in the People & Culture team.

As HR Officer, in a small and busy team, Emma is responsible for providing expert support on daily activities and key HR projects.

Prior to joining Catalyst, Emma obtained a Master’s degree in Human Resource Management and is an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

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