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Senior Investment Associate

Copenhagen, Hovedstaden, DenmarkFull-time

Job description

Rockstart is an early stage investor that empowers purpose-driven founders across three domains: Energy, AgriFood, and Emerging Technologies. With a global network and offices in Amsterdam, Copenhagen, and Bogotá, Rockstart invests in and accelerates early stage startups from pre-seed to Series B, providing access to capital, markets, and expertise through our fast-track scaling program. 

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The Rockstart AgriFood fund is one of the world’s most active early-stage investors within FoodTech and AgTech. We invest in technologies and new business models that improve our food supply system from soil and ocean to gut. 

As Senior Investment Associate you will take the opportunity to drive and own the portfolio management, leading the whole process, from origination, qualification to closing of investments.

A great ecosystem knowledge and existing network will be vital as you build close relations with multiple stakeholders, sourcing and converting startups with ease. Your communication and soft skills will allow you to coach our founders to success.

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You will work alongside our experienced international team to increase Rockstart’s investments portfolio value, in alignment with company strategy and Rockstart's purpose and mission. With the recent launch of our second AgriFood Fund, this role represents a great opportunity for personal growth.

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Key Responsibilities:

  • Work alongside the AgriFood Partner and Rockstart team in the lead generation, sourcing, assessment and development of new investment opportunities in AgriFood ventures.

  • Researching companies and trends, specifically AgriFood related, to shape and refine fund investment strategy.

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

  • Work in a lean team and engage with Rockstart’s wider organisation to oversee deal pipeline processes and tools.

  • Support the investment team in collecting, analyzing and categorizing the portfolio based on qualitative and quantitative data to monitor performance with periodic reporting.

  • Preparing and recommending capital allocation with the AgriFood Partners.

  • Preparing and drafting investment recommendations and documentation for the Investment Committee.

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

  • Building networks and relationships throughout the venture capital ecosystem.

Job requirements

You are an experienced analyst or associate looking for the next exciting step. With a passion for working with mission driven founders and early stage startups, you like to connect with people, build trusting relationships across stakeholder groups and love to work in a team. As a person you are dedicated and take pride in owning processes and tasks. You gain energy from having focussed time when working from home, balanced with regular office days to reconnect with colleagues.

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Your exceptional analytical skills and commercial insight combined with an ability to manage processes effectively allow you to shift focus between several topics without compromising on quality or efficiency. You enjoy deal making, you are able to identify metrics that matter for the business amongst large quantities of data to be able to draw high level insight.

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You are humble and bring a positive attitude, open to learning and coaching with a solution orientated approach. You excel at driving workflows and know how to involve and collaborate with your team members.
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Your skills and experience:

  • 2+ years of relevant experience working with VC (or related) transactions.

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

  • Passion for early stage startups, with a desire to excel in the fields of venture capital and entrepreneurship.

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


Bonus points:

A great understanding or deep interest in the AgriFood sector.

A masters degree in business, finance or economics or stellar commercial entrepreneurial experience building a VC backed startup.

An existing ecosystem and network of startups and mentors within the Denmark/Benelux/ Nordic Venture Community.

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We offer

  • An impactful role with growth potential to Investment Manager in a growing VC firm

  • A great working environment with flexible hours, remote-first, international colleagues

  • Colleagues and desk in our Amsterdam or Copenhagen office or a set-up in a local startup community space

  • A budget towards growth and personal development

  • Remote work allowance

  • Home office set up allowance

  • Secondment opportunities in Amsterdam or Copenhagen

  • Carried interest incentive starting from Investment Manager role

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Availability: 40 hours per week with flexibility for personal commitments

Duration: Permanent 

Remuneration: Based on experience.

Location: Copenhagen

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A bit about Rockstart

Rockstart is an early stage investor that empowers purpose-driven founders across three domains: Energy, AgriFood and Emerging Technologies. Rockstart invests in early-stage startups and provides access to capital, market, and expertise by connecting founders with co-investors, mentors, partners, corporates and the wider Rockstart network.

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Rockstart has invested in more than 300 startups and its alumni value to date is more than $1bn. Rockstart is an international team of 45+ professionals dedicated to empowering purpose-driven founders to become scalable and drive positive change on a global scale.

Rockstart has notable exits such as Wercker, Bouw7, iClinic, 3D Hubs, Brincr, and Dan.com.

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The company has offices in Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Copenhagen (Denmark) and Bogota (Colombia), and is a remote first organization.

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