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Venture Associate

Paris
Full-Time
Posted on 
September 17, 2022
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Job Description

As a Venture Associate, you are joining a Techstars team responsible for sourcing, recruiting and helping to accelerate the growth of companies in which we invest. You bring into the program an understanding of early stage investing and fundraising. You are constantly meeting with entrepreneurs and are versed on emerging trends and technologies in the venture capital industry. You are intimately involved in the sourcing and screening of both founders and companies, and developing investment memos to ensure investments can achieve fundraising targets. You’ll maintain strong bonds with the startups you bring into the program, acting as a resource and looking out for relevant opportunities to support their success.

Responsibilities:

  • Identify target investment sectors in line with the Accelerator's investment theses
  • Source and recruit target companies via direct outreach, diverse sourcing efforts, marketing events, referrals, and in-bound accelerator applications
  • Form and foster effective relationships with founders, investors, mentors, service providers, and other ecosystem partners to build a support network around our founders and to develop sourcing and due diligence relationships
  • Deliver content and workshops during our 13-week accelerator programs on Fundraising
  • Help our founders secure additional investment during 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 to find success and to make sure our accelerator experiences are extraordinary

Qualifications:

  • Deep understanding of, empathy for, and experience with, the zero-to-one entrepreneurial process - you quite likely have 1) been a co-founder or early employee at a startup company and have ideally been involved with a successful fundraise or two, or 2) have prior early-stage tech investing experience
  • 4-6 years of prior experience in the technology industry; startup and/or VC experience
  • An investment track record that demonstrates the ability to source, transact and grow early stage businesses
  • Strong emotional intelligence, experience with recruiting, vetting or advising entrepreneurs
  • A genuine passion for technology and startups, an entrepreneurial mindset and a desire to learn
  • You are available to travel
  • Systems thinker with an eye for things that do not scale and the capability to design new processes and systems for implementation across programs
  • Expertise with google sheets and other tools utilized by our founders
  • Your verbal and written communication skills are razor sharp
  • Initiative and comfort working through uncertainty/unstructured environments come naturally to you
  • Analytically oriented - you make decisions based on data
  • You can sell - you combine credibility and chemistry to convince people to join you on your journey
  • You have a great network in the tech ecosystem in France/Europe and/or in the Sustainability/Cleantech ecosystem.


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