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Investment Principal

Berlin
Full-Time
Posted on 
May 15, 2022
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Job Description

At Techstars Berlin, we aim to co-create at least one European unicorn company per year that makes the planet a better place for humanity. We are currently investing in 24 early-stage startups per year, and are working to build the number one launchpad for high-growth startups in Europe. Our current investments focus on the fields of FinTech, deep tech and climate tech. We believe we need to contribute to a diverse tech ecosystem, which is why at least 50% of our investments will be channeled into startups with diverse founding teams.

As an Investment Principal, you will help us to scale Techstars Berlin. You are responsible for sourcing and investing as well as accelerating our startups as a means of building and sourcing funding faster than ever before. You bring an understanding of early stage investing and fundraising to the program, ideally with a focus on either FinTech/DeFi, climate tech or deep tech. You regularly meet with entrepreneurs and are well versed in emerging trends and technologies in the venture capital industry. You are intimately involved in the sourcing and screening of founders, and serve as a driving force in the investment process. You maintain strong bonds with the startups you bring to the program, acting as a go-to resource and identifying relevant opportunities to increase their odds of entrepreneurial success. Together, we will elevate the sourcing and investment process to world-class level and create a blueprint to scale the Berlin Techstars Accelerator.

Qualifications:

  • A profound understanding of, empathy for, and experience with the zero-to-one entrepreneurial process. You likely have 1) been a co-founder or early employee at a startup company and have ideally been involved with one or two successful fundraising rounds, or 2) prior early-stage tech investment experience
  • A strong interest or (emerging) expertise in the areas of FinTech/DeFi, climate tech or deep tech
  • Experience in engaging with and supporting a diverse entrepreneurial network
  • 7-10 years of prior experience in technology, product development, engineering, or go-to-market processes
  • An understanding of venture deals, investment materials, and investor pitches
  • Strong emotional intelligence as well as experience with recruiting, vetting or advising entrepreneurs
  • A system-based thinker with an eye for things that do not scale and the ability to design new processes and systems for implementation across programs
  • Expertise with Excel models, Google Suite, and other tools utilized by our founders and program
  • The ability to take the initiative and work in unstructured environments
  • The credibility and chemistry to convince people to join you on your journey
  • Ideally, an investment track record that demonstrates your ability to source, transact and grow early-stage businesses

Responsibilities:

  • Identify target investment sectors and refine investment theses
  • Source, recruit, evaluate, and close investments in target companies via direct outreach, diverse sourcing efforts, marketing events, referrals, and in-bound accelerator applications
  • Prepare and make investment decisions alongside the Managing Director and the senior team
  • Form and foster effective relationships with founders, investors, mentors, service providers, and other ecosystem partners with the aim of building a support network around our founders and developing sourcing and due diligence relationships
  • Deliver content and workshops during our 13-week accelerator programs
  • Mentor our founders and provide them with the network, tools, and education they need to succeed
  • Help our founders secure additional investment during the program and post-program
  • Provide ongoing portfolio management and assistance for our companies
  • Do whatever else it takes to identify, close, and help world-class founders find success and ensure our accelerator experiences are extraordinary


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