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.
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:
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.
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 (email@example.com).
Please check the Working @ Rockstart section of this page for more information on our working culture.
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.