Job: CEO for the “Next Logistics Accelerator” (m/f)

The “Next Logistics Accelerator” (NLA) offers a 6-month acceleration program in Hamburg for disruptive LogTech start-ups (with a focus on Warehousing, Internet of Things, Transport and Adjacent Service – “WIOTTA”) from Europe and Israel. Hamburg is a prime location for a logistics accelerator with it housing the 2nd best port in the world (per annual ranking by the World Economic Forum), with leading logistics companies such as Hapag-Lloyd, Hermes and Kühne & Nagel having their headquarters in the city and with there being over 12000 companies focused on logistics. These companies are all desperate for “Innovation as a Service” delivered by start-ups offering them new, disruptive approaches in the digital world. The NLA was initiated by the Haspa and the Logistics-Initiative (consisting of approx. 550 leading logistics members) who offer the perfect platform with which one can access the logistics companies of the city. The NLA is funded by 10 world-leading logistics companies who will provide an ideal network in which ambitious start-ups can test their products. The program takes in 5 new start-ups every 6-months (with potentially an extra optional month in Asia) and offers, in addition to the program, cash of up to EUR 50k for 3-10% equity in the start-ups.


What we offer

  • An extremely dynamic and exciting work environment with the chance to interact and work with the already established “Next Media Accelerator” and the “Next Commerce Accelerator”
  • A world-class and highly professional network of investors, partners and mentors
  • The necessary foundation, ecosystem and freedom to create Europe’s best and largest logistics accelerator and shape the logistics industry of tomorrow
  • Access to a comprehensive and highly skilled network of logistics experts in the city
  • A shareholding in the Accelerator (and with that an indirect shareholding in the 20 start-ups you choose)
  • Additional, larger funds in continuation of the two-year period of the first fund


Availability & Location

  • You should be available to start before the end of November 2017
  • The Accelerator will be based in Hamburg (in a peerspace environment with the “Next Media Accelerator” and the “Next Commerce Accelerator”)


Job Description

  • Coordinate the identification, selection and acquisition of future logistics start-up “unicorns”
  • Fully support the start-ups during the program (training, support in finding follow on financing etc.)
  • Stakeholder management of the “NLA”
  • Structure/Implement the 6-month program to ensure a maximum benefit to all stakeholders
  • Develop and nurture the “NLA” brand and network


Requirements and Skills

  • Successful entrepreneur who has founded and sold her/his own company
  • Company should have achieved a minimum revenue of EUR 10m and achieved a CAGR of 100%
  • Previous company should have achieved break-even point
  • Previous logistics experience is not necessary
  • International experience
  • Excellent digital/start-up knowledge
  • Fluent in English and German
  • Preferably someone who has participated in the build-up of an accelerator



We want an enthusiastic and charismatic individual who embodies the modern-day entrepreneur. He/she should be a people’s person with the ability and desire to motivate and support start-ups and network with investors. He/she should be ambitious and a visionary who wants to be the head of an accelerator which will influence the landscape of logistics.

If interested, please send your CV and motivation letter to

Next Logistics Accelerator GmbH

Neuer Wall 10

20354 Hamburg