November 16, 2009 08:00 ET

Nearly 11,000 Jobs Available at Venture-Backed Start-Ups

NVCA and StartUpHire Celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week With "Help Wanted" Initiative

ARLINGTON, VA--(Marketwire - November 16, 2009) - Thousands of America's venture capital-backed start-up companies are bucking the job-cutting trend and actively seeking new employees, according the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) and the job board Despite mounting job losses nationwide, StartUpHire currently lists nearly 11,000 jobs available at more than 2,500 companies across various industries, states, and job functions.

As part of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2009, the NVCA and StartUpHire will highlight the contributions of these young entrepreneurial companies to economic growth by:

--  Releasing jobs data by geography, industry, and job function on both
    websites throughout the week.
--  Creating a permanent link from the NVCA website to the StartUpHire
    website so that job seekers can easily connect to openings at venture-
    backed companies.
--  Publishing testimonials from start-up company employees on their work
    experiences -- all in 140 characters or less. To submit your start-up story
    please visit by Wednesday, November 18, 2009.

The two organizations first partnered to report venture-backed job availability in early 2009. The job listings on StartUpHire represent an important segment of the total jobs at venture-backed companies nationwide.

"Global Entrepreneurship Week celebrates the risk-taking, innovative thinking, and passion that drive entrepreneurs to build sustainable companies," said Mark Heesen, president, National Venture Capital Association. "A significant factor of entrepreneurial success is hiring the right people, a tenet for which venture capitalists have a daily appreciation. This week we join the rest of the world in formally honoring those employees who take the risks necessary to grow our start-up community and build the U.S. entrepreneurial economy," Heesen added.

"It should be noted that the value of StartUpHire goes beyond the actual job listings. These companies are not only creating jobs but they are doing so in the industries which will keep America competitive both economically and technologically. Start-up companies engender an entrepreneurial culture that lives long after the early days, often inspiring employees to spin out and create entirely new companies with what they have learned," said Steve Fredrick, partner, Grotech Ventures and a founder of StartUpHire.

Please visit the NVCA and StartUpHire websites each day this week to see more details about job availability at venture-backed companies:

--  Tuesday, November 17 - venture-backed job openings in each state and
--  Wednesday, November 18 - venture-backed job openings parsed by
--  Thursday, November 19 - venture-backed job openings listed by function
    (marketing, sales, etc.)
--  Friday, November 20 - release of start-up "short stories": 140
    character testimonials from venture-backed employers and employees

The National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) represents more than 400 venture capital firms in the United States. NVCA's mission is to foster greater understanding of the importance of venture capital to the U.S. economy, and support entrepreneurial activity and innovation. According to a 2009 Global Insight study, venture-backed companies accounted for 12.1 million jobs and $2.9 trillion in revenue in the U.S. in 2008. The NVCA represents the public policy interests of the venture capital community, strives to maintain high professional standards, provides reliable industry data, sponsors professional development, and facilitates interaction among its members. For more information about the NVCA, please visit

StartUpHire is the job search engine dedicated to recruiting exceptional talent to jobs at venture capital-backed companies. Our mission is to connect talented individuals to exciting career opportunities at venture-backed startups and to accelerate the team building process for companies and their investors. These are some of the most rewarding careers on the planet, but they historically have been difficult to identify. StartUpHire sponsors include Argy, Comerica, Calysto, Cooley, DLA, GlobalLogic, MMV Financial, Morrison Foerster, New Venture Communications, SIIA, and Sonnenschein.

Contact Information

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    Channa Brooks
    Tenor Communications for NVCA
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    Robin Bectel
    New Venture Communications for StartUpHire
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