Investment Associate

  • Full-time
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands

Investment Associate

Job description

The Role: 

We are an international team of +35 professionals dedicated to empowering purpose-driven founders to drive positive change at a global scale. We have an entrepreneurial mindset, we are open and honest, we work together and we're committed. What we value most are the startup founders, their big, bold dreams and how together we can add value and create a better future. Do you want to join us and contribute to a better and cleaner future? Keep on reading to find out more.

This is an opportunity to join a €30m+ fund, which will invest in disruptive tech startups from across Europe. You can be part of an experienced and diverse team, scouting and selecting high potential startups, ‘accelerate’ them to scale-ready, and co-invest up to series B. The fund’s focus will be on a selection of technologies 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 the unique opportunity of de-risked and diversified exposure to businesses and technologies at an earlier stage than traditional VCs.

As Investment Associate you will have the opportunity to lead the whole process, from identification, qualification and closing of funding with informal investors and business angels. Your skills as a business model engineer will allow you to run analysis on early stage startups, finding the best tech startups for selection and for the portfolio of investments. You will work alongside our experienced international team to increase value in the portfolio of Rockstart’s investments, in alignment with company strategy and Rockstart's purpose and mission. In addition to this, we offer a great opportunity for personal growth, with the opportunity to take on a partner role. 

Main responsibilities will include:

  • Support the Emerging Tech Partner and Rockstart team in the sourcing and development of new investment opportunities in Tech ventures; Researching companies and trends, specifically Emerging Tech to shape and refine fund investment strategy.

  • Helping identify social issues where impact venture investment can help scale innovative solutions – including through analysis of tech-enabled impact business models.

  • Analyzing and categorizing the portfolio based on our in-house model and monitoring performance.

  • Supporting the Emerging Tech Partner in timely and compliant deal execution.

  • Preparing and recommending capital allocation with the Emerging Tech Partner,

  • Collecting and analysing financial data and qualitative input and communicating this to investors as part of periodic reporting.

  • Ensuring investments are made in line with Rockstart’s criteria for successful follow-on investments.

  • Building networks and relationships throughout the venture capital ecosystem.


About you:
A true team player with an entrepreneurial attitude, exceptional analytical skills and the ability to focus on several issues without compromising on quality or efficiency. Passionate about early stage startups and scale-ups with a penchant for deal-making, confident in numbers and easily able to analyse large quantities of data to draw high level insights. Solid understanding of the drivers of (future) business performance and valuation. It takes you only minutes on a website/presentation to fully understand the business model and product, distilling large volumes of information into clear, concise analyses that you are able to communicate confidently.

Must have requirements:

  • A master's in business, finance, or economics. A specialization in strategy is a bonus,

  • 5+ years of relevant experience working with transactions either in VC, PE, corporate finance/investment banking, financial advisory, business development, strategy consulting, or similar,

  • Passion for startups, scale-ups, with a desire to excel in the fields of venture capital and entrepreneurship,

  • Data-driven and financially literate, with a strong analytical mindset. Excellent attention to detail combined with an ability to step back and see the patterns in and implications of data and analysis,

  • Well-developed social and interpersonal skills, strong relationship management skills,

  • Excellent communication skills (both written and verbal) in English.

Bonus points:

- A great understanding or deep interest in Emerging Technologies and their applications.

- An existing ecosystem and network of startups within the Benelux Venture Comunity. 

Start: Immediately

Availability: 40 hours per week with a flexible way of working that suits your needs.
Duration: Initial 12 month contract, with views to extend. The successful candidate will be on a clearly defined track towards a partner role and involvement in subsequent funds.

Remuneration includes:

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

  • A budget towards growth and personal development,

  • A monthly tax-free Remote Work Allowance,

  • A budget towards setting up your home office,

Location: Amsterdam

If you have any further questions about the role, please don’t hesitate to contact Rockstart HR, Trixie Morrow (

*The successful applicant are subject to reference checks and the condition that the applicant obtains a Certificate of Good Conduct (Verklaring Omtrent het Gedrag (VOG)) that makes the Employee suitable to perform the duties referred to in this employment agreement.

A bit about Rockstart

We provide a proven fast-track scaling solution for purpose-driven founders operating in Energy, AgriFood and Emerging Technology - through domain-focused, tailor made programs, market introductions and investments from seed to series B. 

Since its inception, Rockstart has invested in more than 250 startups, currently worth over €750m. Rockstart has notable exits such as Wercker, Bouw7, iClinic, and in 2021, 3D Hubs and Brincr.

With a global reach, offices in Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Bogotá and an international team of +35 professionals, we’re on a mission to empower founders to drive positive change on a global scale.