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Associate, Ecosystem Partnerships


Associates are the primary service providers at High Street Equity Partners. Your work is key to implementing our vision of equitable investing.

High Street Equity Partners is a venture capital firm that invest in high-growth seed stage technology companies led by diverse founders. We leverage our operational, financial, and policy expertise ensuring our portfolio companies reach their full potential.

The heart of our Ecosystem Partnerships work is centered around cultivating relationships and community building. We look to meet and cultivate relationships with entrepreneur support organizations (ESOs) such as accelerators and incubators as well as other early- and late- stage venture firms. For ESOs, we bring value to the table by supporting entrepreneurs through investor office hours, guest lecture series, panel discussions, and demo day participation. Ultimately, It is our goal to add value to those programs and share our investment criteria with the ESOs for pre-screening to build a pipeline for our deal flow. For venture firms, we cultivate relationships for co-investment opportunities that are in alignment with our fund strategy and warm introductions (quality referrals) for upstream and downstream investors. These ecosystem partnerships are a key strategic priority for the success of High Street Equity Partners.

Associates are responsible for research, outreach, and cultivation of ecosystem partners. To ensure success, you should have a clear understanding of our Firm’s core values, particularly the investment thesis and fund strategy framework. Top candidates will be exemplary writers and communicators with strong time management skills and a background in advocating for equity in their industry or discipline.

Culture Fit Requirements

  1. A compelling hunger and passion to achieve something great in life and change the world - remember that experience can be gained over time but your passion and drive are what will lead to success via sheer mental fortitude.
  2. Willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done, are humble and have a trainable mentality, and able to learn on the job - we're looking for partners that can not only operate in the chaos of a startup but thrive in it and earn a place on our team.
  3. Hyper-organized, resourceful, and truly enjoys working in a team to achieve the vision- able to proactively reach out for guidance, offer and receive guidance from your fellow team members, and solve roadblocks on your own.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Facilitate internal strategy and work sessions to accomplish ecosystem partnership team annual goals, utilizing fellows to assist where necessary
  • Consistent research and outreach to grow our ecosystem partnerships around the country
  • Prepare and give presentations of our firm to entrepreneurs, entrepreneur support organizations leadership, and leadership at peer vc firms
  • Thorough Data collection and tracking to ensure reporting to our LP stakeholders.
  • Draft meeting notes, capture key takeaways, and manage action items to effectively manage partnerships and accomplish ecosystem partnership team annual goals, utilizing fellows to assist where necessary
  • Manage partner relations through timely email correspondence, telephone communication, and client check-in meetings

Performance Requirements & Benchmarks

  • 200 ecosystem partners that drives 1,000 deals per year across our desk 
  • Follow-up on partner communications within one week
  • Send Partnership Letters within 48 hours of meeting

Preferred Skills

  • 1-3 years of experience in venture capital firm operations as an associate or analyst
  • 3+ years previous experience in management or leadership role in professional services
  • Outstanding verbal and written skills
  • Demonstrated experience of ethical leadership and strong social emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills that build relationships with a team of consultants with varying skill levels, stakes and perspectives, and partners
  • Technical knowledge of venture capital industry such as fundraising rounds and valuations
  • Experience working with entrepreneurs to grow and scale
  • Experience interpreting data such as pitch decks, financial statements, business metrics, and making decisions based on this type of information
  • Proven track record of building and running successful companies
  • Experience with, Typeform, and Google Suite (Gmail, Drive, and Calendar)
  • Experience working in diverse communities and across social, economic, and cultural differences

While all of these skills would be excellent, these are only preferred. You are encouraged to apply regardless of whether or not you meet all the skills below.


Our Associates are compensated in two ways: Fund Management fee and Carried Interest fee. We have two pay frameworks based on the size of the fund AUM.

<$50m fund: Annual Stipend (5-10% of annual fund management fees) plus 1.2% - 6.2% of Carried Interest fees.

>$50m fund: $132,000 - $291,000 Base Annual Salary (from annual fund management fee) plus 0.0% - 0.95% of Carried Interest fee

Associate, Ecosystem Partnerships

Washington DC
Full Time