Community Growth Associate

Phoebe Pincus
December 20, 2021
Community Growth Associate

Role overview

Startmate’s Community Growth Associate will be tasked with finding ambitious people who want to change the world and introducing them to startups. What this means in practice is growing, diversifying, engaging and activating the broader Australian and New Zealand startup community.

Startmate’s Community Growth Associate will be passionate about people, startups, technology, experimentation and unlocking ambitious people to do the best work of their lives. Within this role, there will be ample opportunity for the Community Growth Associate to lean into their unique skills, upskill elsewhere, and carve out a career path for themselves at Startmate. 


Key details

  • Apply here by 11.59pm on the 9th of January, 2022 AEDT
  • This is a full-time role
  • Salary range: $60-75k + super + equity + carry in the funds
  • Reporting into Senior Media Associate Bronte McHenry‍
  • This role is Sydney- or Melbourne-based


Here are some examples of work you’ll commandeer

  • Creating and executing a highly strategic, year-round community events calendar to inspire new audiences to explore startups. This could include anything from AMAs with high-profile entrepreneurs, live podcast recordings, speed networking and community bookclubs, through to sports tournaments in the metaverse, hackathons, university guest lectures and field trips. 
  • End-to-end planning and executing a hybrid Demo Day with 800+ attendees.
  • Establishing and cultivating relationships with partner organisations and community sponsors.
  • Contributing to a strategy for and relaunching Startmate’s ‘SM Underground’ Discord community. 
  • Speaking with customers and diving into the data in order to create comprehensive customer personas and messaging for each of Startmate’s programs. 

In this role, you’ll work closely with…

  • The Senior Media Associate, by experimenting with strategies to increase Startmate Media’s readership, listenership and viewership.
  • Startmate’s customers, as you’ll be at the frontline of  Startmate’s ambitious 2022 media strategy. 
  • The Head of Programs, by building customer interviews into the community events strategy in order to inform the launch of new Fellowships and products. 
  • The program leaders, by developing strategies to reach new audiences.
  • The ops team, by experimenting with productising Startmate’s community events strategy. 

Position requirements‍

Your background is less important than the key skills, which might include:

  • Highly organised;
  • Creative visionary with an ability to zoom in and manage the detail;
  • Fast-mover, action-oriented;
  • Proactive, strategic thinker; and 
  • Sociable people-person.

We’re looking for someone who is as passionate as us about making Australia and New Zealand the best places in the world to start a company. You must have a high ownership mentality and the ability to take responsibility for goals and outcomes.

Key readings

We’ve written a lot about why we love at Startmate, so check out our blog if you want some more information, then dive into our mission, values, and team, and read about one of our most ambitious goals.

Working at Startmate

We believe that building a diverse and inclusive team is critical to Startmate’s success. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, or marital, veteran, or disability status. We use Applied to ensure every applicant gets an equal chance of success.


The Startmate community is a unique mix of founders, operators and investors — the one thing everyone has in common is ambition. Startmate is much more than just our team, it’s a community built on paying it forward.


You will have very high autonomy to realise your dreams within your area


We are a remote-first team with coverage across Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Noosa and New Zealand. We currently have an office in Melbourne with satellite offices in Sydney and Auckland.


You get to work with every well known and less well-known Australian and Kiwi startup, VC and angel — Canva, Safety Culture, Propeller, Vend, Xero, Blackbird, Square Peg, AirTree, rampersand, Folklore — you name it!

Great vibes

Being able to bring your best self to work is really important to us. We index heavily on wellbeing and engagement to make sure that you’re able to turn up with energy and resilience each day.

A share of Startmate’s success

We think it is important to share successes with the whole team. All Startmate employees receive carry in our funds and are owners in the management company.

About Startmate

We’re making Australia and New Zealand the best place in the world to build a startup. We’re achieving that through building a platform that unleashes startup ambition and accelerates exceptional companies.

At our core, we’re a community of the most ambitious founders, operators and investors propelled by a highly-trusted mentor-driven community, and backed by the best angels, venture funds and tech startups in the region.

Over the past decade we have invested in 170+ startups, with a combined value of $2 billion.

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