Emerging Tech Fund Lead

  • Full-time
  • Copenhagen or Amsterdam, Netherlands

Emerging Tech Fund Lead

Job description

About the role

Within this role, you will be leading fundraising for our first Emerging Tech fund (>€20million target), developing and executing fund strategy and maintaining organizational alignment with the Fund’s mission and vision, in a way that increases value for fund investors while safeguarding Rockstart’s core values. You will be supported by an experienced investment manager from within the Rockstart team.

Within the accelerator program, and beyond it, you will coach portfolio startups towards scale- and investment-readiness, based on your own experience, and combined with Rockstart’s proven blueprints and knowledge. You will work closely with our other Fund Partners (from our existing funds in AgriFood and Energy), incorporating their experience and insights in building the fund proposition. You will work with the whole Rockstart team, and independently, to ensure that the Emerging Tech Fund offers the best possible proposition to startups and that the greatest startups in the field will apply to the program. You will be end-responsible for decisions on startup selection and follow-on funding.

About you

You have deep knowledge of developments within the applied Emerging Tech sector, particularly where new technology evolves into creating validated, scalable, and disruptive new businesses.

The perfect candidate for this role is an experienced entrepreneur, someone who has built a digital tech company and has a solid understanding of the underlying technologies, business models, markets and challenges. You could have potentially started as a builder, but later gained experience as a leader in your own company. Ideal candidates have raised funding in several rounds and will have ended the most recent startup journey by having their business acquired. You are likely to have a (broad) network of different investor groups - angels, VCs and perhaps also family offices and institutions. You have lived and/or done business in different cultures.

Your main responsibilities:

  • Building investor network and fundraising to >€20million target size for Emerging TechFund I;
  • Developing ongoing fund portfolio strategies that align with vision, mission and core value proposition;
  • Generating significant value growth for fund investors through attracting, coaching and investing in the highest-potential startups;
  • Building an exceptional quality startup support and value-growth ecosystem (comprising industry, mentors and investors) in Denmark, and internationally, in Emerging Tech;
  • Keeping key stakeholders aligned and updated on the strategy, objectives and performance;
  • Overseeing compliant management of the fund;
  • Delivering fund performance to facilitate raising further/larger funds in Emerging Tech in the medium term.


    Must haves:

    • 5-10 years of entrepreneurial (startup) experience as co-founder or MT member;
    • Deep knowledge and understanding of Emerging Tech sector;
    • Experience in raising VC finance and a broad investor network;
    • Experience in mentoring and coaching;
    • Excellent communication skills in English and preferably Danish.

      Further information:

      Start: ASAP
      Availability: 40 hours per week.

      Duration: Initial 12 month contract with an agreement to convert to a permanent Emerging Tech Partner when successful.

      Remuneration: Competitive market salary based on experience, plus EPP, and direct carry in the fund.

      Location: Denmark

      Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview.

      If you have any further questions about the role, please don’t hesitate to contact Rune Theill (rune@rockstart.com).

      Please check the Working @ Rockstart section of this page for more information on our working culture. All offers will be subject to a successful VOC. 

      A bit about Rockstart

      Rockstart Emerging Tech is a €20m+ fund which will invest in disruptive startups from across Europe. It will scout and select high potential startups, ‘accelerate’ them to be scale-ready, and co-invest through to Series B. The fund’s initial focus will be on AI and data analytics under the Emerging Tech umbrella, with capacity to invest across the (digital) tech spectrum, as it emerges over the fund’s investment period. The fund will offer de-risked and diversified exposure to businesses and technologies at an earlier stage than traditional VC. It will create value through rigorous scouting and selection, structured value enhancement programs, and tailored access to its ecosystem of industry, mentors, community and capital. This builds on our track record in accelerating startups since 2012.