The ProVeg Incubator is the world’s first and among the leading Incubator and accelerator programmes for plant-based, fermentation and cultivated food startups. Our team supports pioneering entrepreneurs to build and grow impactful food and food-tech companies, launch products and services and secure investment. As part of the International food awareness organisation ProVeg International, our mission is to reduce global animal consumption by 50% by the year 2040.
The Investment Associate will play a key role in driving due diligence and other aspects of the investment processes for the ProVeg Incubator. To succeed in this position, you should have a strong understanding of financial statements, prior relevant experience, an analytical mindset, good communication skills and be passionate about working towards building a more sustainable food system.
Job title: Investment Associate
Reports to: Senior Investment Manager
Department: ProVeg Incubator
Location: Berlin, Germany (or remotely from within Germany)
Hours: 40h per week
Contribute to all aspects of investment dealflow, especially evaluation and due diligence of early-stage startups in the alternative protein space
Drive the due diligence process to derive recommendations on investment decisions. This involves engaging with startup founders to understand business strategies, reviewing information in the data room, executing financial and commercial analyses and company valuations
Prepare an investment report to record the findings and execute other parts of the investment process independently
Periodically engage with our portfolio companies, analyse performance indicators and monitor key developments
Research emerging trends and markets within the alternative protein space to facilitate and inform our investment decisions
Identify and assess new disruptive alt-protein startups, products, services and processes
Support the ProVeg Incubator team by taking on other varied tasks as required
At least 1-2 years of professional experience in private equity, venture capital, investment banking, asset management, management consulting, or corporate development of an industrial company.
A degree in finance, accounting, business administration, economics, entrepreneurship, management or a similar background from an established university
Knowledge of financial statements, building financial models and high proficiency in using spreadsheets & presentations
An analytical thinker, structured working style and an entrepreneurial mindset
Mission-aligned, self-motivated, and able to direct your own work
Strong passion for food innovation and startup ecosystem
A proactive and enthusiastic team player with strong collaboration and communication skills
Flexibility, a willingness to learn and the ability to adapt quickly to new tasks
Fluency in English
The opportunity to work closely with startups globally that are trying to influence the future of our food systems
Build a strong foundation for a career in venture capital and impact investments
Become part of a great team in one of the world’s leading incubators for alternative proteins startups globally
Strong organisational focus on personal development and designated training budget with plenty of room for initiative, independence and responsibility
Flexible, trust-based working arrangements and home office arrangements
Application deadline: 23 May 2022
Start: June 2022
ProVeg is committed to equal employment opportunity for all, regardless of race, religion, colour, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, refugee background, genetic information, disability, marital status, parental status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, HIV status, gender identity, or gender expression. ProVeg has been participating in the Inklupreneur project since July 2021 pledged to create nine inclusive positions for people with disabilities in the next three years.
Our Application Procedure
Your application should include a cover letter and CV. Please submit your application in English or German using our online form, and tell us how you found this job ad. (https://proveg.com/jobs/) Thank you!
If you have made it to the long list of applicants, you will be invited for a phone interview, usually within two weeks of the application deadline. Should you be shortlisted, the next steps will be:
ProVeg is an international food awareness organisation with the mission to reduce global animal consumption by 50% by the year 2040. We are active in eight countries across four continents and are growing rapidly. We work with governments, private companies, public institutions, medical professionals, and the public to help the world transition to a more plant-based society and economy that is sustainable for humans, animals, and the planet.
We base our strategy on empirically-based evidence whenever possible. We seek to stay abreast of the latest research to inform our strategic considerations and outreach materials. We evaluate all of our programs to make sure we are allocating our resources in the best way to reach our goal.
ProVeg fosters a culture in which challenges become opportunities to learn and thrive. Because changing the global food system is a huge undertaking, we are looking for new team members who are pragmatic and professional and who are willing to step out of their comfort zone when needed. Critical problem-solving skills, team spirit, and creativity are all vital to accomplishing our ambitious goals.