Part-time Research Analyst - Cambridge, MA

Cambridge, MA
Venture Cafe Global Institute & Captains of Innovation
Captains of Innovation, located within one of the epicenters of the innovation community, CIC Cambridge (One Broadway, Kendall Square), seeks a passionate Research Analyst.  

The Research Analyst will work primarily with the Director of Implementation to support clients seeking to connect with startups and other elements of the innovation ecosystem. Captains’ portfolio clients are primarily global corporations working to innovate their business models and find new technologies to disrupt their industries. We seek an enthusiastic, creative, and detail-oriented individual with demonstrated experience conducting high-quality research along with a deep commitment to innovation and startup culture.

The ideal candidate will possess the following characteristics:

• A voracious researcher, driven by a passion for startups, innovation, and entrepreneurship.
• Team player who is personable, happy to help others, and naturally drawn to a very busy, continually-evolving environment.
• Ability to work well as part of a small (but mighty!) team.
• A self-starter with a strong work ethic who is comfortable multitasking multiple research tasks while remaining detail-focused.
• Strong relationship with technology; mac proficient.


This person will be a member of the Venture Café Global Institute staff and report to the Executive Director of Captains of Innovation and the Director of Implementation. 

Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:
• Source and collate primary and secondary research sources relevant to technology, innovation, and startups.
• Conduct fast, high-quality, confidential research and large-scale global innovation ecosystem analysis on a variety of topics and industries.
• Attend meetings, take comprehensive notes, and demonstrate an understanding of objectives to effectively assist in scoping research.
• Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the client’s business, products and services along with the broader industry, particularly related to client objectives.
• Provide general support to the Captains of Innovation team for events like hackathons, demo days, etc.


• A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
• Demonstrated passion for researching with results to match
• At least 1 year of relevant professional experience


In addition to helping our clients achieve great things, we work to ensure that our employees are healthy and supported. Some of the benefits of being here include:

• Fun people in a dynamic space. We pride ourselves on finding driven and bright collaborators who are eager to lend their own unique skills to the team, as well as to our inspiring clientele. The number one reason our team members say they like working here is because of their colleagues!
• Personal growth. This is a great opportunity to learn and develop skills within the epicenter of the innovation community at a growing company.
• Discounted services and memberships on tools to make your life happier/healthier such as gym memberships, tech and design support, hotel stays, and other fantastic options.
• Regular massages, access to a nursing room, secure bicycle parking, a game room, a gym, shower rooms with towels, and stocked kitchens.
• Central location. Captains of Innovation is located within CIC space, a stone’s throw from the Kendall Square MBTA Red Line stop.

Compensation is $20.62/hr with the expectation of working 25 hours per week. This job is based in Cambridge, MA.

Captains of Innovation, a program of the Venture Café Global Institute, is designed to help large organizations in today's hyper-competitive environment with the full spectrum of innovation – to conceive, develop and commercialize ideas, products and services as well as connect corporations to startups, entrepreneurs, innovation thought leaders, host conferences, hackathons, events and more. Corporate partners join in order to find new technologies and business models as well as understand emerging technology and market trends that may disrupt their industries. Going even deeper, we assist corporate partners in building their own innovation foundry with the creation of innovation incubators, accelerators, innovation centers and virtual innovation centers.
Venture Café’s mission is to connect innovators to make things happen. Founded in 2009 at CIC, Venture Café is now a global movement of local nonprofits working to build stronger and more inclusive innovation ecosystems and accelerate and enhance the innovation process, in cities around the world. It does this through its use of programming, physical spaces, storytelling, and broad innovation engagement. There are currently Venture Cafes in six locations globally.
The Venture Café Global Institute is a public benefit corporation that operates as a nonprofit organization to support the Global Network of independent Venture Cafés. VCGI provides support in key areas including staff training, knowledge sharing, fundraising, shared systems and services, intellectual property, and guides expansion to new sites. It also deploys our flagship corporate-startup connections program, Captains of Innovation, around the world.

VCGI is committed to building teams that reflect the fabric of the cities we support. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and consider all qualified candidates regardless of race, color, ancestry, gender identity or expression, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, Veteran status, or any other legally protected status. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation please let us know.