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Nike Lead Entrepreneur In Residence- Valiant Labs in Beaverton, Oregon


  • Experience being the founder of a digital, scalable, venture-backed startup with high-growth potential.

  • Experience building a consumer-focused scalable digital business in the space of community, wellness, or sustainability.

  • Over 5 years of digital experience in Fortune 500 corporate innovation departments, and how to navigate the intersection between entrepreneurship and a matrixed organization.

  • Strong financial acumen with experience in investment banking or venture capital.

  • An executive presence with strong communication and storytelling skills; experience successfully pitching to and engaging with very senior, experienced executives and investors.

  • Experience managing high-potential teams as well as developing the teams’ leadership abilities through coaching, training, mentorship.

This is a unique opportunity to join Nike Valiant Labs (NVL), Nike’s new business incubator. We’re a fast-moving entrepreneurial team currently exploring the edges of possibility. We move with speed and purpose, taking calculated risks and failing fast – all with one goal in mind: serving consumers in new and unimagined ways.

In support of that mission, we are seeking an Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR) Partner who can help support a team of EIRs to deliver exciting new digital innovation to the rest of Nike.


The EIR Partner is responsible for the day-to-day performance of the NVL portfolio of innovations and supporting the EIRs heading them. They will coach, mentor, and serve as advisors to the EIRs on strategy along our innovation pipeline from early discovery to validating value propositions in-market to integrating the innovations into Nike for scale. The EIR Partner ensures the EIRs have the right resources, training, and tools to build innovative new consumer offerings for Nike’s growth. The EIR Partner will also represent the wider NVL portfolio of consumer offerings and innovations to internal Nike partners, evangelizing the uniquely entrepreneurial, lean startup, and human centered approach and culture of NVL that delivers validated findings, new consumer offerings, and evidence that will drive Nike’s future growth. They will also support the EIRs in navigating the internal Nike network, to ensure the EIRs’ innovations shape the future of Nike’s connection to the consumer. They will support the onboarding of new EIRs, and serve on the NVL Leadership Team, guiding strategy and informing the evolution of NVL as a critical muscle of Nike’s innovation.


  • Managing, supporting, and advising a team of entrepreneurs-in-residence (EIRs) who are building their own independent consumer offerings and innovations across the spectrum of wellness, community, and sustainability.

  • Coaching the EIRs to help them build, validate, and integrate critical new innovations for Nike as well as mentoring the EIRs to reach new heights on their leadership journeys.

  • Manage relationships with partners across Nike with the goal of furthering a spirit of entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship across the organization.

  • Represent Nike's portfolio of businesses across Nike, with an eye towards extending the impact of our portfolio on furthering innovation across the corporation.

  • Serve on the NVL Leadership Team, supporting the overall strategy with your insight into what entrepreneurship means.


You will be part of the NVL Leadership Team, and report to the Head of Valiant Labs.

NIKE, Inc. is committed to employing a diverse workforce. Qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, protected veteran status, or disability. NIKE is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If, because of a medical condition or disability, you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please call +1 503-671-4156 and let us know the nature of your request, your location and your contact information.