180 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2505, Chicago, IL 60601


Chicago Venture Summit Graduate Assistant
July 7, 2022

Chicago Venture Summit Graduate Assistant

July 2022 to November 2022

World Business Chicago Chicago Venture Summit Graduate Assistant July 2022 to November 2022 World Business Chicago is a public-private, non-profit partnership that drives inclusive economic growth and job creation, supports business, and promotes Chicago as a leading global city. Supported by a council of 250+ tech community leaders, Innovation & Venture leads World Business Chicago’s dedicated effort driving inclusive growth and opportunity for Chicago’s tech economy and innovation ecosystem. Innovation & Venture’s portfolio of programs include ThinkChicago, the Chicago Venture Summit, Startup Chicago, and Venture Engine with the Illinois Science & Technology Coalition (ISTC). As Chicago’s flagship venture capital conference, the Chicago Venture Summit (CVS 2022) brings together the strongest local, regional and national venture capital firms with our best and brightest entrepreneurs and industry leaders. The most recent 2021 summit attracted 160+ venture capital firms, 600+ in total attendance and showcased 150+ of Chicago’s best startups. POSITION

World Business Chicago (WBC) is seeking a Chicago Venture Summit Graduate Associate to aid the Innovation & Venture team in the management of the Chicago Venture Summit program. The Graduate Associate will support the Chicago Venture Summit series, reporting to the Director of Venture Strategy and receiving leadership, engagement and direction from the EVP of Innovation & Venture, Innovation & Venture Council Chair, the Chicago Venture Summit 2022 Steering Committee, World Business Chicago leadership and other relevant stakeholders. The Innovation & Venture Associate will also work closely with the Venture Events Coordinator. The Innovation & Venture Associate will have an interest in Chicago’s technology and venture capital community and some experience working with technology companies, venture capital firms and/or financial companies. The Innovation & Venture Associate will have excellent project management, organization and communication skills, and an ability to thrive in complex environments and manage multiple work-streams simultaneously.


Program Development

  • Work with Innovation & Venture partners and relevant stakeholders on development of the Chicago Venture Summit.
  • Support, and in some cases lead, outreach efforts to speakers. Venture Capital & Technology Community Engagement
  • Successfully manage multiple relationships with various stakeholders in Chicago’s venture capital and technology community.
  • Lead research and discovery of national VC firms and tech-focused investors who have a strong interest in Chicago’s startup ecosystem. Project Management & Operations
  • Serve as primary project manager for the startup database with all partners and startups.
  • Ensure that all projects are delivered on-time, within scope and within budget.
  • Maintain comprehensive project documentation. External Communications
  • Support communications strategy with selected partners to advertise and build awareness of the Chicago Venture Summit.
  • Contribute to communications products, including outreach plans, press releases and blog posts to drive awareness of the Chicago Venture Summit.
  • Manage maintenance and updates for the Chicago Venture Summit website and other relevant digital and social media assets.


  • Ability to work effectively across a variety of skill areas, including project management, communications, content creation, event planning and execution.
  • Awareness of and experience working within Chicago’s venture and technology community.
  • Commitment to work collaboratively with all constituent groups, including WBC staff, board members, government stakeholders, and outside advisors.
  • Self-starter with the ability to work independently as well as with a team; enjoys creating and implementing new initiatives.
  • Excellent writing/editing and verbal communication skills.
  • Commitment to deliver against deadlines; ability to handle high priority and pressure situations.
  • Entrepreneurial approach is a must, and experience working in a startup environment with evolving priorities and processes preferred.


  • Bachelor’s OR Master’s degree from an accredited college or university, preferred majors include business, entrepreneurship, marketing and/or STEM-related degrees.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite applications.
  • Financial budget and reporting experience.


  • Dedicate approximately 20-29 hours per week as a minimum and up to 29 hours per week as a maximum depending on academic calendar.
  • Graduate Associate must be available from July 2022 to November 2022; with an opportunity to extend.


If interested, please send a cover letter and resume to: Carrie Simmons World Business Chicago 180 N. LaSalle #2505 Chicago IL 60601 [email protected]