Scouting and Program Manager at Antler

Melbourne melbourne full-time
Posted 21 days ago

A bit about us

Antler, globally, in under three years of operating, has grown to have a presence in 14 cities around the world, including offices in most major startup ecosystems, such as New York, Berlin, London, Singapore and Sydney. This has resulted in investments in over 250 companies. Here in Sydney, we are coming up to our second birthday and are making more early-stage bets than anyone else in the country. To date, we have welcomed over 330 founders to our platform and invested in 39 companies.

We are founder-first and awesomely ambitious in all our endeavors. We are on a mission to fundamentally improve the world by enabling and investing in the world's most exceptional people. We help to build complementary co-founder teams, supported by deep business model validation and we provide a global platform for quicker scaling, due diligence and problem-solving. To date, Antler globally has invested in and helped build over 250 companies, 40% of which have at least one female co-founder.

Antler is Australia’s only truly global VC platform, enabling exceptional people and teams to build the defining companies of tomorrow. We support founders from the building phase through to series C, providing an unparalleled capital pathway with more than 75% of our companies raising third party capital within six months of Demo Day. Our portfolio companies are also supported by a global network of 500 experts in technology, entrepreneurship, business and academia, and the world’s fastest growing community of founders, with 500+ new members every year. 

A bit about the role

Our headcount in Australia has been steadily growing and we are currently 24 strong. Following the successful execution of three cohorts with our fourth currently in flight, our long expected Melbourne launch is now happening! Therefore, we are on the hunt for a Scouting and Program Manager to help form this new location. 

Initially, your focus will be on building community support and interest for this new location launch. You will achieve this by harnessing your existing network in the Melbourne tech/startup ecosystem and delivering to them tailored content and events to get them up to speed on Antler as the optimal path to build and scale a company. Then, your company scouting eye will kick in as you will bring to us interesting Founders and early stage startups via outreach channels such as pitch nights, VC connections and universities with commercialisable research. You will also assess early Founders and early stage startups who are wanting to join the Antler platform, looking at the Founder/team, the problem they are solving, and their traction to date. You will play a key part in assessing potential Founders’ suitability for Antler and constantly be deriving insights and seeking improvements for how we assemble and deliver cohorts. Then, when the cohort is in flight, you will play a key role in ensuring its smooth operation. You will be the main point of contact for our Melbourne founders holding a central role in their journeys to building the defining companies of tomorrow.

Your key success metrics will be the number of founders that we invest in from the Melbourne cohort and the credibility we gain in the local market as being the number one path to launching and scaling a company.

We’re hiring for Melbourne-based candidates due to the nature of the role.

A bit about you

Founder first

You love and believe in people. You will thrive in continuously speaking with those who already are, or are about to, launch a company that is solving real world problems. You will know that a strong founding team is at the heart of every successful company and love that in this role you are enabling that talent to form and flourish. 

Relationship builder 

Your love of people radiates and so you have a broad network throughout the Melbourne tech/startup ecosystem. To date, you will have a strong track record of forming communities around you.

Across the numbers

You have a data driven approach to all you do. You will be at home analysing and synthesising information.


You believe in being open and honest. You are a clean and concise communicator able to deliver complex and sometimes tough messages with clarity and empathy. You are able to motivate and lead with a team and a larger community.

Team player

We have a one team approach. We win together and take risks, acknowledging this means backing and recognising each other’s efforts and offering support when needed.

What about us? We are awesomely ambitious. If you had been a part of our team for the last 18 months you would have:

  • Raised a local AU$46m fund to deploy over eight years.
  • Attracted over 5,000 applications from entrepreneurs seeking to build their next company.
  • Invested in 39 companies, over 40% of which have a female co-founder with over 30 nationalities represented.
  • Put on the largest Demo Day in Australian history at Sydney Town Hall with 1.2K viewers.
  • Launched Antler Education, a global edtech business helping aspiring entrepreneurs across the world with startup know-how.
  • Helped shape Fusion, Antler’s proprietary leading data and technology platform.
  • Worked with 200+ amazing Antlerites across 14 countries around the world.

Why you should work with us

We are all here to make a difference in the lives of founders and building companies that are solving real world problems. Joining Antler should be the best work of your life, and you should love what you do every day.

We are here to help people build the defining companies of tomorrow from Australia. 

Antler Sydney is a values-led team and by joining us, each day, you will surround by a team who are:

Awesomely ambitious

We’re constantly moving forward, looking for opportunities to re-envision, reinvent, and reimagine the way we do things. We create impact at scale, and when we reach great we seek to be greater.

Love what you do

We seek to create an environment and mission that means everyone can do the best work of their life. Every day, as a team, and individually, we aim to show leadership, be positive and respectful to build a culture that we can be proud of and others take notice of.

Win together and learn together

We take risks and lean in. We recognise each other's, and our own, effort, as well as our outcomes. And sometimes that means we might fail, but we acknowledge what happened and rally together to learn from it and move forward.

Open and honest

At Antler, we are open and honest. We believe it’s important to start with empathy, and communicate proactively. By taking ownership and accountability in this way, and being transparent and truthful, we are a stronger, happier, more productive team.


This depends on your experience to date. 

As we win together and learn together you will also receive financial support and dedicated time for continued learning and development.