Managing Partner Energy

Job description

About the role:

Within this role, you will be leading the Energy fund and executing the fund strategy while maintaining organizational alignment with the Rockstart’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 Rockstart team covering all roles from finance, legal, general management, strategy and beyond.

Within the accelerator program, and beyond it, you will be in the lead of coaching 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 the other Partner in the fund and Partners also from our existing funds in AgriFood and Emerging Tech, incorporating experience and insight. You will be a member of a 3 person investment committee and one of the key persons in making decisions on startup selection, investment and follow-on funding.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Building relations and managing key stakeholders such as mentors, startups and investors to ensure a first-class experience for them, keeping them updated about fund performance, risks, strategy and objectives;

  • Acting as thought leader on overall and emerging Energy domain themes, internally and externally, representing Rockstart as such at high impact conferences and industry events to drive interest in the fund from LPs and the startup community;

  • Developing and ensuring that the Rockstart brand is upheld in the public sphere and represented well in the media/press and at events;

  • Executing fund portfolio strategies that align with fund plan, members agreement and governance requirements and core value proposition to startups;

  • Develop strategies to convert investments in the greatest founders (initial investment/deal making) and encourage and support continuous improvement towards processes and practices that shorten the time to investment (egs selection days and rolling investments);

  • Leading and overseeing scouting, recruiting, rating, selecting, contracting and onboarding the best startups for investment;

  • Supporting with startup assessment and rating in the scouting and selection process;

  • Overseeing robust investment and transaction decision-making process and capital allocation;

  • Contributing industry connections and insights within the accelerator program, Corporate programs and marketing/communication efforts, in line with the interests of the Fund;

  • Contributing to compliant management of the fund;

  • Building investor network for co-investments and fundraising towards second close target size;

  • Playing an active role in portfolio management (as board member or (pro)active shareholder) to ensure value creation at portfolio companies;

  • Overseeing follow-on investments, divestments and exits to deliver targeted fund returns;

  • Preparing and presenting attractive investment recommendations and overseeing timely and compliant deal execution;

  • Set requirements for the accelerator program, sign off on the curriculum and supervise the mentoring, access to market and access to capital of the program, as well as the (implementation of) ESG reporting of the startups;

  • Coaching the Rockstart Energy Fund I portfolio startups.


About you:

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

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.


  • 5-10 years of entrepreneurial (startup) experience as a co-founder or MT member;

  • Deep knowledge and understanding of Energy sector;

  • Experience in raising (VC) finance and a broad investor network;

  • Experience in mentoring and coaching;

  • Excellent communication skills in English and preferably Dutch.

Further information:

Start: ASAP

Availability: 40 hours per week with a flexible way of working that suits your needs

Duration: Initial 12 month contract with intention of permanent.

Remuneration: Competitive market salary based on experience, plus Employee Stock Options, and direct carry in the fund, and remote work allowance. 

Location: Netherlands contract

If you have any further questions about the role, please don’t hesitate to contact Imke Lempers at Pure Executive Search

*All offers will be subject to a successful VOC.

A bit about Rockstart

Rockstart launched in 2011 in Amsterdam as one of Europe’s first startup accelerators. Today, Rockstart is an international Accelerator-VC that supports and empowers the best startups on their way to success across four domains: Energy, Health, AgriFood, and Emerging Technologies in Europe and Latin America. Rockstart provides startups with access to capital, market, community, and expertise by connecting them to partners, investors, mentors, and the wider Rockstart network. Since 2019, Rockstart has transformed from a small micro VC to a larger established early-stage investor with funds and team members in multiple countries (Netherlands, Denmark, Colombia) and investments all across the world. Recently, it launched two early-stage funds - one within AgriFood (~€22m) and one within Energy (~€22m) and by the end of 2022, Rockstart aims to have raised two more funds accumulating to above €100m in assets under management by mid-2022.

Rockstart also creates programs that are customized to boost collaboration between startups and corporates, driving faster access to co-creation, commercial partnerships, and investment. Rockstart has experience in designing and executing programs for several Fortune 500 corporations throughout the world.

Since its inception, Rockstart has invested in almost 250 startups and supported them in their journey to raise more than €125 million and hire more than 700 people. Rockstart is an international team of 30+ professionals dedicated to empowering founders to become scalable and change the world for the better.