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February 6, 2024

HighTechXL: Chief Financial Officer

HighTechXL, the leading venture-building accelerator in the Netherlands, specializes in fostering entrepreneurial teams and technological talent by leveraging groundbreaking technologies from world-renowned institutions such as CERN, the European Space Agency, TNO, Philips, PhotonFirst, and other global pioneers.

Our program nurtures these teams, providing them with essential connections to investors and mentors, paving their way to become successful enterprises. In collaboration with esteemed partners like Philips, ASML, TNO, the High Tech Campus, and BOM, we offer comprehensive support and guidance, aiming to cultivate the next generation of leading companies in the Brainport region.

As HighTechXL continues to evolve rapidly, with significant expansion in both our portfolio and company structure, we are now seeking a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) on a part-time basis (0.4/0.5 FTE).

Key Responsibilities:
– Overseeing financial reporting for HighTechXL, collaborating with management to develop and monitor annual budgets, conducting quarterly budget reviews, and presenting financial updates to shareholders and the Supervisory Board.
– Representing HighTechXL alongside the CEO in meetings with shareholders and the Supervisory Board. Although accounting and payroll functions are outsourced, you will manage their coordination, approval, and oversight.
– Enhancing and monitoring the company’s process framework to encourage ongoing improvements.
– Managing our portfolio, supporting the growth of HighTechXL ventures post-graduation, advising on capital raising, investments, cap table adjustments, and potential exits, leveraging your investment legal process expertise.
– Providing strategic financial advice and regular portfolio value reports.
– Mentoring current program startups in financial planning and related activities.
– Participating in the establishment of a Pre-Seed Fund.

– Minimum of 5 years in a CFO role, with a strong background in working with shareholders and supervisory boards.
– Experience with startups or scale-ups, specifically in raising investments and preparing for investment rounds.
– Proven ability to maintain compliance in a dynamic, entrepreneurial setting.
– Proficient in delivering comprehensive financial reports and insights to stakeholders such as shareholders and management teams.
– Preferably possessing a network of (angel) investors.
– Passionate about technology, entrepreneurship, and innovation, with a structured approach to work.
– Knowledgeable about legal investment frameworks.

The Ideal Candidate:
– Is inquisitive, thrives in both strategic and operational roles within a small team, and can bring order to fast-paced environments.
– Demonstrates critical thinking skills and can serve as a valuable contributor in discussions with shareholders and management.

Our Offer:
– A unique opportunity to make a significant impact on addressing global challenges through technological and entrepreneurial innovations.
– A dynamic ecosystem involving both startups and established corporations.
– A stimulating work environment with diverse tasks and responsibilities.

Maybe 0.4/ 0.5 FTE is not enough coverage of your work week, if this is the case, we are willing to think along in finding solutions by for instance connecting you to our network of startups and scaleups.

We know that the confidence-gap and imposter syndrome can get in the way of meeting spectacular candidates, so please don’t hesitate to apply — we’d love to hear from you.

To apply, please forward your resume to Esther Peeks at We look forward to discovering how you can contribute to our team.