About Dogpatch Labs

Dogpatch Labs is one of Europe’s leading startup hubs providing a platform for innovation and entrepreneurship, founded with the mission of accelerating the development of Ireland’s startup ecosystem. It is home to over 250 startups and over 500 members from 30 countries. Our alumni include Intercom, an Irish ‘unicorn’ valued at over €1 billion. Dogpatch Labs is also home to Ireland’s National Accelerator Programme, the NDRC.

About the NDRC Accelerator

The NDRC Accelerator is a programme for early stage, globally scalable tech startups that helps founders build their business and raise funding.

Throughout the programme, startups work with over 40 accomplished entrepreneurs, VCs, and experts as mentors and Entrepreneurs in Residence. Each team is provided a 100k uncapped SAFE note investment with a 20% discount. There is also a focus on international expansion and understanding tech industries and funding mindsets of other major markets, such as the US.

General Associate Info

As an Associate, you will have the opportunity to work closely with startups in our program, learn a lot, and meet amazing people. You will also attend and participate in much of what goes on around Dogpatch Labs including mentor talks and guest presentations. It's a great opportunity to learn about running a startup right at the source of where things get done, while adding a ton of value to the operations of great startup companies and Dogpatch Labs itself.

This is a full time position during the time period. You must be available during the day and on Wednesday evenings. Schedule is flexible but a strong commitment is expected. Applicants should be able to jump in and complete any task quickly and effectively. We expect a great attitude, desire to learn and meet new people, lots of energy and enthusiasm. You should be scared of no task and be willing to take on any project, large or small.

It’s a chance to get an amazing experience, broaden your network in ways you could never imagine, get exposure to some of the greatest up and coming companies and teams in the country. Associates may end up being employed by one of the teams, Dogpatch Labs, by someone they met during the span of the three months, or go on to build their own companies.

About the Role

NDRC Accelerator Design Associate

We are looking for dynamic designers who love getting involved in many different aspects of design who also have a background in video editing. From graphic design, to UI/UX, and even physical print design, you should be able to assess the needs of the companies and create beautiful and impactful materials. You will be helping companies with their branding and marketing - think logos, pitch decks, presentations, social media, outreach campaigns, events, videos, etc.

We also expect the Design Associate to participate in program support with the other associates. Tasks will include assisting the companies in any areas of need, planning of weekly events, preparation for end of programme events, and taking meeting notes.

Associates will report to the Program Manager. The position begins on August 2, 2022 to October 21, 2022. The upcoming NDRC Accelerator programme will take place in a hybrid environment; three “Core Weeks” will take place in-person at Dogpatch Labs in Dublin, Ireland.

Associates must be able to attend these three core weeks in-person:

  1. Core Week 1: August 2 - 5, 2022
  2. Core Week 2: September 5 - 9, 2022
  3. Core Week 3: October 19 - 21, 2022

The rest of the programme will take place virtually with the option to work from Dogpatch Labs available and encouraged.

What We’re Looking for:

  • Knowledge that spans visual, graphic and interactive design - brand experience is essential
  • Experience with deck-building
  • Experience with video creation and editing
  • Great understanding of content and how to translate it into various visual forms of expression
  • A refined aesthetic sense, and storytelling capabilities to work inside and expand a company’s vision and messaging
  • Demonstrated interest in technology, startups, entrepreneurship, venture capital, etc.
  • Able to jump in and complete any task quickly and effectively
  • Be a problem solver and effective communicator
  • Have a great attitude, desire to learn and meet new people, lots of energy and enthusiasm
  • Scared of no task and be willing to take on any project, large or small - including setting up for events and cleaning as needed
  • Experience working in an iterative environment including giving and receiving feedback
  • You want to work side-by-side with some of the country’s most promising new founders and young companies
  • Authorized to work as a contractor in the EU
  • Available for the duration of the program (August 2 - October 21, 2022)

What You’ll Work On

  • Supporting all NDRC Accelerator cohort startups with various tasks on an as-needed basis;
  • Supporting the NDRC team with various tasks related to the delivery of the programme;
  • Supporting the wider Dogpatch Labs team with tasks related to startup community events on an as needed basis

Who You Are:

  • 1 year’s experience in a similar role is desirable but not essential. You may have run your own startup or worked for a tech company previously.
  • You’re passionate about startups and innovation.
  • You will have a knowledge and/or interest in the tech/energy/sustainability/startup world.
  • You’re highly organised and strong in multi-tasking, planning, priority setting and execution.
  • You know how to manage projects effectively and engage people to meet milestones.
  • You’re a generalist with strong commercial acumen, happy to chip in wherever you’re needed.
  • You’re self-motivated, independently driven and thrive in dynamic and fast-paced environments with a constant curiosity and a desire to learn new things.
  • You’re a strategic thinker with the ability to synthesize research and ideas into meaningful and powerful presentations.
  • You ask, or learn to ask the right questions.
  • You’re a team player who enjoys collaborative work and brings a positive attitude to any task.
  • You have great communication skills and can work closely with people.
  • Ability to use modern technology platforms, and learn quickly (Trello, Slack, Google Docs & Slides etc)


  • Contract: Full Time
  • Location of duties: Dogpatch Labs CHQ Building, Custom House Quay, Dublin 1, Ireland. Hybrid working can be facilitated.
  • Start date: August 2, 2022

How to Apply

Please submit your CV along with a short blurb (< 200 words) summarising why you’re interested in working with the NDRC and our Accelerator cohort startups.

Dogpatch Labs is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds and mindsets, because we know the strength of our team lies in its diversity.