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Director of Corporate Partnerships


FirstIgnite facilitates partnerships between academia and industry to solve the world’s biggest challenges.

Responsibility Statement:

The Director of Corporate Partnerships is responsible for developing, managing, and growing FirstIgnite’s corporate product line.  FirstIgnite supports corporations in identifying, connecting, and partnering with academic experts, institutions, and facilities to support R&D and innovation-related objectives.  This role will be responsible for developing and executing a business development strategy to generate new business from global corporate partners, managing the client projects, and executing above expectations for our clients to foster continued relationships.

FirstIgnite is seeking a leader who can become a foundational part of our company, establishing, and executing all functions related to profit and loss of our corporate product.


  • New Business Development – Develop strategies to attract new corporate partners by leveraging email, LinkedIn, conferences, and the FirstIgnite university product to consistently drive new business opportunities.
  • Customer Relationship Management – Build strong relationships with senior executives at our corporate clients to build long-term, fruitful relationships.
  • Project Execution – Oversee the execution of projects between FirstIgnite and clients.
  • Product Management – Provide consistent feedback to the product development team to guide the development of software that automates the work required for our clients.
  • Team – Build and manage a team to support business development and project execution.
  • Company Leadership — Participate in the weekly, quarterly, and annual planning of the company’s objectives.


  • Mission-oriented: We take our mission seriously. Our leadership team is driven by the understanding that if we do our job successfully, we will play a small role in helping bring world-changing innovations to market. Our Director of Corporate Partnerships must be passionate about the mission.
  • Leadership: We need a leader who can execute your responsibilities so that we can move forward confidently in other aspects of our business.
  • Technology Comprehension: Ability to work with complex technologies and be able to understand enough about the research areas to properly convey their value to the world.
  • Work Experience: 3+ years in consulting, venture capital, entrepreneurship, or corporate innovation/strategy with a proven ability to lead projects and deliver results.

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