Ecosystem Lead

9 Jan
Agency - PR and Communications
Work arrangement
  • Priority responsibility will be building across Asia with a particular focus on Singapore
  • Act as a Founders Forum Group Brand Ambassador and identify new partnership opportunities
  • Identify a pipeline of new sponsorships and partnership leads that are embedded in the ecosystem building relationships


If you are passionate about tech and the start-up ecosystem, and love building relationships, come and drive the growth of Founders Forum in Asia.

The Opportunity

We are looking for a regional ecosystem lead to join the Founders Forum community and events team, to play a significant role in curating inspiring content for our events in Asia.

As an ecosystem lead, you will be responsible for curating inspirational events to build Founders Forum’s Asia proposition. You will be responsible for building relationships with leading founders, investors, corporate leaders and government; crafting the content agendas; building commercial relationships and liaising with our event partners on the ground.

This role is our first hire in Singapore and the start of growing our brand presence, with opportunities to build a future team and portfolio of Asia events.

Role is based in Singapore, candidate must have right to work.

Salary: Competitive depending on experience + bonus

About Founders Forum

Founders Forum is Europe’s prominent entrepreneur community, focused around a number of annual events where our guests engage in open debate, brainstorms, discussion and problem solving in an intimate and collaborative atmosphere - building connections and discussing how to accelerate the positive impact of technology on the world.

Now, in our fifteenth year, we continue to host invite-only forums, tackling era-defining questions in iconic locations worldwide. We have welcomed guests such as Eric Schmidt, Google; Richard Branson, Virgin Group; Katherine Ryder, Maven Clinic; Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn; Evan Spiegel, Snap Inc; Emily Weiss, Glossier; Shahrzad Rafati, BroadbandTV; Sir David Attenborough, Broadcaster; Marissa Mayer, Yahoo; Bob Iger, Disney; Jean Liu, Didi Chuxing; Ted Sarandos, Netflix; Carolyn McCall, ITV; Tim Steiner, Ocado … the list goes on!

As our community has grown, Founders Forum has built a family of companies to support the needs of entrepreneurs at every stage of their journey. These businesses cover advisory, executive search, diversity and inclusion, venture creation, investment, education, giving and more.

The Role

As ecosystem lead, your priority responsibility will be building relationships across Asia, with a particular focus on Singapore, and shaping the strategy and delivery on the curation of community-driven, invite only events.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Growing our community: Build relationships with Founders and their chief of staffs. Seek the most exciting names in tech - from new rising stars, to finding routes to connect with ‘hard to reach’ superstars, to feed into the content and community team to invite to the FF events as speakers and guests. Become a part of the tech scene and attend local networking events to build guest, speaker and partner pipeline to feed into our contact database and into the team. Consider a focus on diversity and take steps to improve our ethnicity and gender community growth.
  • Foster long term relationships: Develop relationships with government, partners, media and collaborators. Support on account management and drive government grant applications and seek opportunities with media and collaborators.
  • Build VC relationships: Proactively seek out connections with the best VCs in Asia. Encourage participation in the events and recommendations for rising stars and the yet to be discovered, exciting startups coming through.
  • Feed in local insight to support on building high impact content : Support our content team with feeding in ideas for themes, content and speakers by keeping your ear to the ground and following Asia market trends. Support and facilitate the curation of invites to best in class industry leaders and influence them to participate in our events and digital content, collaborating with our content team.
  • Identify new partnership opportunities: Identify and self-generate business development opportunities by building relationships with corporate CEOs and VCs in particular. Work in collaboration with the partnerships team to secure new sponsors for the Asia events.
  • Act as a Founders Forum Group brand ambassador: Represent Founders Forum on the ground and host local dinners/breakfasts with the ecosystem. Grow the FF brand presence in Asia and represent the group as a whole and support in promotion of our sub-businesses and their potential geo-expansion (e.g. Founders Law, Founders Keepers)
  • Support on the project management of high quality delivery of the event programmes: Whether running a 15-person dinner or 200-person forum, the ecosystem lead will need to support the smooth delivery of events in collaboration with the rest of the team. As our first Singapore based employee, this will mean working with the UK operations team to deliver the event, visit venues and suppliers etc.
  • Sponsor & Stakeholder Management: most of our events are supported and co-hosted with our partners; and in collaboration with our partnership team, we aim to seamlessly integrate sponsors and founders in the 'event and community' experience. The ecosystem lead will be responsible for fostering commercial relationships, alongside our partnerships team, by participating in meetings face to face.
  • Strategy and propositions: Develop the Founders Forum Asia event proposition by ensuring the content, formats, guests are relevant and timely to our speakers, community and partners.
  • Identify and launch new opportunities in Asia: Build the partnerships and relationships needed to get new ideas and opportunities off the ground (e.g community dinners, country roadshows, event collaborations, sector specific content, Digital content opportunities)

You’ll have knocked our socks off in 6 months if…

  • You have sourced and confirmed some world-class speakers
  • You have developed the Founders Forum Asia strategy and proposition with sights on new opportunities to explore
  • You have identified a pipeline of new sponsorship and partnership leads and are embedded in the ecosystem building relationships

This is a role for you if…

  • You’ve had 3 years experience in a content / community/ VC or startup commercial related role, with experience in seeking and building new relationships
  • You love building relationships and want to be at the heart of the tech world, developing a series of world-class community events for leading founders, corporates and investors.
  • You have entrepreneurial drive – you are creative, resilient, self-driven and naturally curious.
  • You are an effective writer and communicator with strong interpersonal skills capable of influencing internal and external stakeholders.
  • You are able to think critically and flexibly, and make changes where necessary to achieve goals in a deadline-oriented environment.
  • You are commercially minded and able to influence stakeholders and partners and uncover opportunities
  • You are comfortable at working independently and remote working
  • You are structured and organised with strong attention to detail


  • 3+ years experience in a content, community or startup commercial related role
  • The right to work in Singapore
  • Able to work independently and proactively


  • Competitive salary, and annual bonus
  • 25 days annual leave, birthday leave and additional leave between Christmas and New Years Day
  • Access to the Founders Family network of businesses and wider tech ecosystem
  • Learnerbly - learn at work perks
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing support through Spill
  • Remote working with the collaboration of an ambitious and passionate team
  • Remote working equipment and/or co-working space to be covered or partly subsidised (to be discussed)
  • Opportunity to spend an initial onboarding period in London with the team, and regular travel opportunities

Our Application Process

Please note: we do not require a cover letter as part of your application.

Once you have submitted your CV and application, we aim to respond to you within two working weeks if we would like to take your application forward. We are a small team so we appreciate your patience.

Our interview process includes 3-4 stages as standard. Someone who is accepted into the process and successful at each stage can expect the following:

  1. A one-to-one interview with one of us to hear more about you. You can expect us to ask you about your CV and experience. This will be remote.
  2. A task-based interview with two more of our team to understand how you approach problems. We will usually give you a task to complete remotely in advance.
  3. A final conversation with our CEO Carolyn Dawson or a Senior member of the team.

We may also suggest informal coffees with other member of the team to give you a chance to meet more of us and ask any other questions of what the culture is like.

We are dedicated to building a diverse culture and are eager to receive applications from all backgrounds. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination.

If there's anything you need to help you be the best in your interview(s) please let us know. In addition, if you have a specific time frame you need an answer within, please let us know and we’ll do our best to accommodate it.

Founders Forum Group’s Values

Community first

More than just fellow founders. Everything we offer is centred around the founders we work alongside. A goldmine of information, support and opportunity for our community. Our experience and connections allow us to offer unparalleled guidance, advice and events. We are committed to being there for the highs, the lows and everything in between. A trusted ally, driving positive action by championing the people behind great ideas and building real relationships.

Entrepreneurial to our core

Preserving our startup mentality is the key to being able to empathise with and fully support our growing community. Just like the founders we work with, entrepreneurship runs through our veins. We drive change and unearth new ways of thinking by reframing the way we approach an idea. We look at the possibilities of business through a new lens. Seeking out potential in every aspect of life, passionately pursuing new ideas.

Founding the future

We are forward thinkers. Always at the forefront of innovation. Our foot is firmly planted on the accelerator as we gain understanding of what tech is coming and new trends that will shape our lives. We have a hunger for knowledge and find joy in discovery, paving the way for a new way of thinking. This is the room of people you want and need to be in, to drive yourself and your business forward.

Excellence without ego

We don't take ourselves too seriously, but are proud of what we do. We work together, recognising the expertise of those around us, and understand the value in differing points of view. We are committed to excellence and always hold ourselves to the highest standard.

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