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General Electric Director of Entrepreneurship in Niskayuna, New York

Job Description Summary

GE Research is GE’s innovation powerhouse where research meets reality. We create leading-edge technology in world-changing efforts like carbon capture for sustainability, hydrogen-powered electric flight, ultra-precision healthcare, and more. The purpose of the Technology Incubation Group is to commercialize and monetize these innovations to make them accessible to customers through building startups, partnering towards manufacturing, and licensing technology in partnership with GE Licensing. The Technology Incubation Group is new to GE Research and this position represents an exciting opportunity to shape the future trajectory of commercialization.

The Director of Entrepreneurship will be responsible for building deep technology startups from GE Research. S/he will have access to an enormous trove of technologies, world-class scientists and engineers, and will be the driving force behind startup creation (spin-outs, spin-ins, joint ventures). They will assemble a team familiar with the startup ecosystem to enable, encourage and prompt startup formation. Note that following a successful stint in this role, this person will be able to select and join one of the startups s/he formed in a leadership position.

Job Description

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Leverage the state-of-the-art innovations and technologies to curate a continual stream of startup formation

  • Matchmaking serial entrepreneurs with existing technology founders and compelling project ideas

  • Build an internal ecosystem around researchers, including advisors, additional founders and funding partnerships

  • Work cross-functionally to ensure success of new entities

  • Educate and coach the research community on startup formation

  • Clear enthusiasm for people leadership as well as experience hiring and training a team

  • Develop and maintain relationships with external partners and proactively advocate for the growth of the collaboration


  • Bachelor's Degree with a minimum of 6 years of professional experience.

  • Experience at the very beginning of startup formation.

  • Experience working in a large, matrixed organization.

  • Exposed to and well versed in technology concepts.

  • Will consider remote work arrangements

  • Legal authorization to work in the U.S. is required. We will not sponsor individuals for employment visas, now or in the future, for this job opening.

  • Must be 18 years or older.

  • You must submit your application for employment on the careers page at to be considered.

Desired Characteristics:

  • Degree in science, technology, or mathematics, with a passion for technology

  • Former startup founder (esp. CEO/COO)

  • Entrepreneurial nature with a passion for growing businesses

  • Network of serial entrepreneurs and VCs excited about new deep tech startups

  • Simultaneously both highly organized and extremely flexible in delivering outcomes

  • Experience in delivering tangible outcomes within large corporations

  • Experience leading funding rounds within the venture capital community

  • Ability to influence without authority and work together in a team environment to deliver favorable/tangible outcomes

  • Comfortable leading multi-disciplinary, multifunctional teams towards startup creation

  • Minorities and women encouraged to apply

GE offers a great work environment, professional development, challenging careers, and competitive compensation. GE is an Equal Opportunity Employer ( . Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

GE will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening. Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a drug screen (as applicable).

As a federal government contractor, GE may in the future be required to have U.S. employees fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Some GE customers currently have vaccination mandates that may apply to GE employees.

Relocation Assistance Provided: Yes