Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) is Germany’s center of excellence for digital engineering (www.hpi.de). The Digital Engineering Faculty, founded jointly by the University of Potsdam and HPI, offers a highly practical and engineering-oriented computer science study program, which is unique throughout Germany. HPI’s university research earns international recognition, with the main focus of its teaching and research on the foundations and applications of large, highly complex and networked IT systems.

The Digital Engineering Faculty, established jointly by Hasso Plattner Institute and the University of Potsdam, is one of Germany‘s excellence centers in Computer Science and IT Systems Engineering.


In the course of our ongoing expansion, we are currently seeking a


PhD Student (m/f/d) Program Manager & Investment Associate (m/f/d)

for the School of Entrepreneurship.

Hasso Plattner Institute is a world-wide unique place for Digital Engineering, Design Thinking and Entrepreneurship.

The HPI School of Entrepreneurship is the pivotal hub within HPI, fostering a distinctive digital-tech Entrepreneurship Ecosystem. Our comprehensive offerings include a variety of programs and events designed to cultivate a robust entrepreneurial mindset and skill set. We are committed to nurturing the growth and scaling of tech products and ventures. As the birthplace of numerous successful tech startups, including a unicorn, we continue to operate and expand the HPI Entrepreneurship Ecosystem and its vibrant community. Our efforts are in close collaboration with our ecosystem investor, HPI SEED.


Your Role

  • Spearhead innovation as a Program Manager & Investment Associate within the vibrant HPI Entrepreneurship Ecosystem, where academic exploration and education meets practical execution and Venture Capital
  • Pursue your doctoral research in Law, Venture Capital Finance, Entrepreneurship, or Computer Science, directly intertwined with your impactful work at the HPI School of Entrepreneurship and HPI SEED
  • Craft and perfect our programs, propelling tech founders to greatness while expanding our entrepreneurship community and strengthening ties with mentors and investors
  • Pioneer educational content tailored to startups and VCs, positioning yourself as a thought leader in the field
  • As an Investment Associate, play a pivotal role in scaling HPI SEED by managing early-stage investments, from discovery to deal closure, and support our portfolio companies in their growth journeys


Your Qualifications

  • Possess a stellar academic background with a state exam, master's, or diploma in law, business, economics, informatics, or a related field
  • Bring your practical wisdom from VC or similar settings, equipped with insights on nurturing early-stage tech startups and navigating the intricacies of VC contracts
  • Display a rapid execution capability with a drive to achieve our ecosystem objectives as a valuable and appreciative team player, who embraces significant autonomy and responsibility
  • Thrive on the excitement of fostering impactful startups within a high-profile and expanding tech ecosystem
  • Exhibit exemplary bilingual communication expertise, delivering compelling presentations in both English and German


What we offer

  • A rewarding career with significant societal impact, bridging the gap between innovative tech startups and the world of Venture Capital
  • Immersion in a vibrant workplace and the chance to nurture an expanding excellence-driven tech-founder ecosystem, backed by considerable autonomy and trust
  • A collaborative culture celebrated through regular team events and developmental workshops
  • Regular team events and workshops
  • Attractive employee offers via corporate benefits and discounted lunches
  • A subsidized company ticket/Germany ticket (15.00 EUR employer subsidy)
  • flexible working hours without core working hours and a corresponding flexitime account
  • Free drinks (coffee, tea, water) as well as fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Possibility of mobile working on up to 2 days per week
  • For problems of any kind (also in the private environment) you can use our external employee counseling free of charge
  • A modern, well-connected workspace located at the HPI campus in Potsdam-Babelsberg, with swift access to Berlin


Have we aroused your interest?

Then we are looking forward to receiving your application documents including your salary expectations. Please apply exclusively via our career page.


Contact HR-Recruiting:
Diana Kulhei
+49 331 5509-435


Hasso-Plattner-Institut für Digital Engineering gGmbH
Prof.-Dr.-Helmert-Str. 2-3

14482 Potsdam